Political Science
Offered by the Political Science department.

The Department of Political Science at Wheaton College seeks to educate its students about the past, present, and future of political life in this country and around the world. In so doing, we aim to empower students to become informed citizens who are able to think critically and speak confidently about the pressing problems and possibilities facing us as political actors today.

Our faculty members, all of whom are committed teachers and scholars, lead wide-ranging and intellectually engaging courses about the ways politics, power, and government are experienced in their various social, historical, cultural, and institutional contexts.  These courses are not only designed to help students learn about issues ranging from public opinion, democracy and revolution, international relations, political development, and public policy; they also enable students to learn how to develop sound arguments, collect and present evidence, read carefully, and write critically.

The department prioritizes experiential learning through independent research, volunteerism, internships, advocacy, and study off-campus in a variety of national and international contexts. We encourage students to understand themselves as political agents in international contexts and to consider the global impact of political activity at the individual, local, national, and international level.

Ultimately, Political Science majors develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence they will need to think deeply, speak assertively, behave ethically, and act courageously in a political environment that desperately needs such thought, speech, and action.

The offerings of the Political Science major program are intended to reflect the diversity of topics and approaches that constitute contemporary political science and international relation studies. We also have learning goals for both programs, which inform pedagogical decisions at both the course and program levels.

Browse all Political Science Courses on the Course Catalog.

Programs

Faculty

Bradford Bishop

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Jonathan T. Chow

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Nick Dorzweiler

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

Lindsay Flynn

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Gerard Huiskamp

Professor of Political Science

Alireza Shomali

Professor of Political Science, Jane E. Ruby Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences

Jenna E. L. Wechsler

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Aubrey Westfall

Associate Professor of Political Science; International Relations Coordinator

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.

Tarwyn Washington

2021, Political Science

Smiley Family Endowed Career Exploration Fund

Faculty-led Trip: "Tanzania: Education and Development", Arusha, Tanzania

I learned a lot about cultural values and hospitality.

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.

Samuel Murray

2020, History, Political Science

Caroline C. Edwards '70 Current Use Internship Fund

A Climate to Thrive, Bar Harbor, ME

I learned how to more effectively convey my environmental activism through constructive channels of policy research, event planning and media outreach.

Genesis Maldonado

2020, Political Science

Wheaton Edge Fellowship

Sayegh & Sayegh P.C., Westchester, NY

As a future lawyer, this internship gave me an opportunity to see how justice is served within my own community. It exposed me to the importance of the law as well as to the court system, legal documents and general ideologies that I will encounter in law school.

Elizabeth Helmreich

2020, Political Science, Women's and Gender Studies

Cee Green '82 Fellowship for Experiential Learning

Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, Portland, ME

My internship with Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund engaged my passion for both grassroots political movements and reproductive rights. It especially taught me to channel these passions toward real political change.

Outcomes

99% of Political Science majors from the past five years have found employment, attended graduate school or achieved a fellowship or service opportunity within six months of graduation *

99%
of Political Science majors

Recent Graduates


Sample First Jobs

  • Director of Outreach, New York City Council
  • Domestic Violence Advocate, Capital Law School
  • Field Organizer, New York State Democratic Party
  • Finance Director for Governor Janet Mills
  • Junior Paralegal, Pabian Law, LLC


Sample Graduate Schools

  • Boston College
  • Brown University
  • London School of Economics
  • Northeastern School of Law
  • Rutgers University


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