International Relations
Offered by the Political Science department.

The world is a big place, but it’s also smaller than we think. A major in international relations raises awareness and appreciation of the transnational and international links among countries, economies, and populations. As an international relations major at Wheaton, you’ll develop competency in a modern language and embark in real-world learning through internships, service work, or study abroad. These rich experiences coupled with coursework in political science, economics, history, and anthropology lead to exciting careers in diplomacy, foreign service, advocacy, and multinational business.

Programs

Faculty

Anni Cecil

Professor of History; Henrietta Jennings Faculty Chair for Outstanding Teaching (2015-2020)

Jonathan T. Chow

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Nick Dorzweiler

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies

Gerard Huiskamp

Professor of Political Science

Aubrey Westfall

Associate Professor of Political Science; International Relations Coordinator

Brenda Wyss

Associate Professor of Economics; Coordinator of Development Studies

Internships

Syeda Sharmeen Inaam

2020, Political Science and International Relations

Merit Scholarship

Edition Magazine, Karachi, Pakistan

I was a Political Science and International Relations double major with no clear idea of the future. I came away from this internship knowing that Journalism was a great option for me.

So-Young Yeon

2020, International Relations

Esther Newberg '63 Wheaton Fund Stipend for Experiential Learning

Richard Nixon Foundation, Yorba Linda, CA

Working in an environment that had many tasks with strict deadlines helped me to refine my time management skills.

Zachary Strempel

2020, Hispanic Studies, International Relations

Susan Stautberg '67 Career Exploration Fund

Office of State Senator Eric Lesser, East Longmeadow, MA

I had the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a political office. I learned a tremendous amount about the work done behind the scenes of the legislative process.

Samuel Stone

2022, International Relations, Political Science

Merit Scholarship

Wheaton College Political Science Department, Professor Bradford Bishop, Warwick, MA

I can confidently say that this research has made my professional road forward clearer, while giving me valuable tools that will be applicable in many different fields and classes down the line.

Emi Cormier

2020, International Relations

Katharine Conroy Whalen '70 Endowed Fund for the Filene Center

The Borgen Project, Cape Cod, MA

Working with The Borgen Project allowed me to sharpen my time management skills while pushing me to better myself as a writer.

Kyla Goux

2021, International Relations, Psychology

Caroline C. Edwards '70 Current Use Internship Fund

Faculty-led Trip: "From the Andes to the Amazon: Intersections of Culture, Food Systems and Biological Diversity", Quito, Ecuador

I learned in Ecuador that our demographic limitations are often overlooked when factoring global decision-making and that these limitations should take more of a center stage.

Outcomes

100% of International Relations majors from the past five years have found employment, attended graduate school or achieved a fellowship or service opportunity within six months of graduation *

100%
of International Relations majors

Recent Graduates


Sample First Jobs

  • Analyst, Goldman Sachs
  • Operations Coordinator, WorldStrides
  • Outreach Coordinator, New York City Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Page, NBCUniversal
  • Recruiter, Hollister Staffing


Sample Graduate Schools

  • Aarhus University
  • Brandeis University
  • New England School of Law
  • Tufts University

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 72% for the classes of 2014-2018