New Political Science Degree To Study Marginalized Groups

January 11, 2012

In keeping with Wheelock's goal to be a college that teaches cutting edge scholarship, combined with a mission to create a safe, caring, and just world for children and families, the College is proud to announce the Fall 2012 launch of a Political Science and Global Studies undergraduate major.

Similar to many of Wheelock's programs, this new major puts the voices, experiences, and struggles of marginalized groups at the center of scholarly and intellectual inquiry.

In contrast to many traditional political science majors, Wheelock's new major will examine how politics, on a local, national, and global level shape, and often limit, the lives of non-elite groups. From the study of how Boston is a hub for sex-trafficked women, to an exploration of how globalization determines the type of food we buy from local supermarkets, this major will offer students courses that illustrate the ways all our lives are intertwined, the ways that local choices have global ramifications, and how the struggle for equality knows no national borders.

Wheelock College wants its students to be leaders in their future careers, and this demands that the College develop in students a sense of political engagement and responsibility. The new major will offer a compelling range of courses taught by professors in political science, anthropology, sociology, history, economics, African American Studies, women's studies, and media studies. Only by combining such diverse areas of study can a political science program capture the complexity of global politics, and culture, in ways that pay tribute to multiple experiences.

Students will work closely with an advisor to create a personalized area of study that speaks to their interests and passions. Courses will be carefully selected to ensure that students build an academically vibrant major that is as interesting as it is challenging. Toward this end, Wheelock offers students a range of internships—from working with local unions to traveling to Africa—that provide real world experiences and skills for becoming an empowered citizen and a future leader.

For more information, visit the Political Science and Global Studies web page or contact Dr. Gail Dines at

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