Those who consider majoring in political science or international relations normally share a deep interest in politics, government and world affairs. Usually they maintain this interest throughout their lives even if they embark on careers that are not directly related to politics.
An ability to understand the world from a political, economic, and historical perspective has become a vital skill in a variety of professions and within our churches. Globalization and the integration of our security with the rest of the world have made understanding the politics and economics of world affairs a critical skill in fields as diverse as business, ministry, and law.
One obvious use of political science training is in practical politics. While engaging in a variety of careers, many former political science majors run for office, volunteer for or even manage campaigns, organize fund-raising campaigns, and occupy positions in political parties at the state and local level.
A second area in which political science majors may contribute is in community service. Those knowledgeable about political processes will be called upon in increasing numbers to speak out and shape opinions and policies on environmental issues, planning matters, and issues of political reform. Such persons can offer valuable expertise and insights to local organizations and churches deal with these issues.
International Relations majors can use their training and understanding of the world in a variety of ways. Some of our majors have gone into journalism, while others work for development agencies, international businesses, or the federal government. Many of our alums have enrolled in graduate and law school to further the understanding they have gained at Wheaton in areas such as international law, comparative politics, and international development.