Political Science and Global Studies

Why Political Science?

  • Develop powerful insights into the complex ways that local choices have global implications
  • Cultivate the knowledge base needed to work with diverse populations
  • Become a critical thinker, viewer, and writer

Why Wheelock?

  • Professors work one-on-one with you to address your intellectual interests and professional goals
  • Unique political science program combines cutting edge scholarship with a focus on social justice and globalization
  • College-wide mission to improve the lives of children and families around the world

This exciting and intellectually challenging major will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become both a professional leader and an active citizen in the local and global arena. In contrast to many traditional political science majors, Wheelock's Political Science and Global Studies degree program examines how politics, on a local, national, and global level shape, and often limit, the lives of non-elite groups.

Choosing from a compelling range of courses taught by professors in political science, anthropology, sociology, history, economics, African American Studies, women's studies, and media studies, you will learn the ways that all our lives are intertwined, the ways that local choices have global ramifications, and how the struggle for equality knows no national borders.

Program Overview

This major combines cutting edge scholarship with Wheelock's mission to create a safe, caring, and just world for children and families. Similar to many of our programs, this major puts the voices, experiences, and struggles of marginalized groups at the center of scholarly and intellectual inquiry.

You may choose from several focus areas, including: international dimensions of race and racism; violence in the national and international arena; and sex trafficking and human rights. Field experience begins in your first semester. You'll have the opportunity to learn about how politics shapes and affects the lives of non-elite groups firsthand in settings throughout the Boston metropolitan area. Potential field sites include local unions, community centers, and human services agencies.

Sample Courses

  • Issues in Globalization
  • Women and Globalization
  • Sex Trafficking, Prostitution, and Violence Against Women
  • Comparative Politics
  • Race in America
  • Politics of Democracy, Law, and Justice
  • Politics of nonprofits
  • Media for Social Change

Skills You'll Learn

  • Develop written and oral communication skills
  • Learn how to be effective in different types of work environments
  • Become a team player
  • Develop sophisticated understanding of global politics

Career Opportunities

A Political Science and Global Studies major will prepare you for a wide range of careers. By studying the richness and complexity of local, national, and global politics, your knowledge and insight will be valuable in fields such as:

  • Elementary or secondary teacher
  • Government aide
  • Higher education administrator
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Research assistant

Graduate Study

A Political Science and Global Studies major will give you the academic foundation and research skills necessary for many fields of graduate study, such as:

  • Children and family law
  • Education
  • Educational policy and management
  • Ethnic studies
  • Health policy
  • Higher education administration
  • International law
  • Journalism
  • Social policy
  • Social work
  • Sociology
  • Women's studies

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