Politics stands at the heart of the liberal arts, for it is in studying how different communities make decisions, pursue justice, and manage conflict, that we can see more clearly how political institutions connect to human flourishing. To this end, the Department of Politics and International Relations offers a wide range of courses, events, and programs all designed to give students the analytical, conceptual, and theological tools so crucial for Christians who seek to understand and act faithfully in a rapidly changing political world.
Our students participate in a range of department-sponsored activities and have held internships at the State Department and overseas embassies, on Capital Hill, with think tanks and with religious and secular NGOs. The department’s excellent teaching and rigorous classes prepare students for placement in high-quality graduate programs, top-notch law schools, and careers in the public and private sectors.
The study of politics has a distinguished history at Wheaton College. Many Wheaton College graduates have gone on to political careers and the department boasts alumni working in high places in Washington, DC as well as around the globe in service and diplomatic careers.
Wheaton College graduates rank second in the pass rate for first time takers of the Foreign Service exam. The department also has many students who go on to graduate school in law. The analytical skills as well as the base of knowledge provided by a major in Politics or International Relations equips students for a range of career choices and helps them to better understand the world around them.