Our majors critically engage with competing values and interests that guide and orient politics. Students learn about concepts, theories, and principles that deal with the nature, purpose, and characteristics of government and political change, which they apply in the analysis of politics. The major encompasses the theoretical and empirical study of government institutions, leadership, conflict resolution between and within states, political ideas and ideologies, political culture and discourse, political economy, and the politics of gender, race, and class. Introductory courses help to ground students in fundamental theories and concepts used in the study of politics. Seminars and many 300-level courses provide students opportunities to develop their research and analytical skills while also introducing students to how to write within the discipline.
Students who are interested in summer internships in public affairs are eligible for funding if their internship is unpaid. The Tonya Public Affairs internship fund awards stipends to students to do summer internships in state and local government, in Washington D.C., on Capitol Hill, and at the White House, and in non-governmental organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Past internships include the Arkansas Supreme Court, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the National Women's Business Council, the Heritage Foundation, and the World Wildlife Federation. To learn more about learning opportunities during or after Sewanee, visit Internships & Funding, Study Away, Co-Curriculars, and Career & Leadership Development website.
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