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Political Science

The political science major at Wilmington College offers students the opportunity to pursue careers in international studies, public administration, legislative affairs, and law. Students majoring in political science study the institutions and processes societies create to make collective decisions about human problems. Courses in this field address issues of justice and human rights, social movements, and economic development as they relate to the distribution of power in society.

In keeping with the College mission, the political science major encourages students to examine problems of conflict reconciliation and peacemaking in both national and international contexts. Although the political science major is compatible with virtually any other major at the College, students in the department often double major in criminal justice, psychology, Spanish, environmental studies, or minor in sustainability.

The department encourages its students to pursue internships, community service opportunities, and extra-curricular activities. It offers a number of study abroad programs, internships in Washington, D.C., research opportunities and lobbying activities.

Peace & Justice Studies Conference

This October, Dr. Michael Snarr took 10 Wilmington College students to the Peace and Justice Studies Conference at the University of Mt. Union. Student Milena Wahl gave a presentation on the College’s March 2022 Spring Lobby Trip. The presentation was part of a panel entitled: “Peace Building and Humanizing Critical Issues.”

WC Junior Featured at Statewide Summit on Student Engagement

February 24, 2022

Taylor Powell-Abbinante Speaks on His Civic Involvements at U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Propel Ohio

Wilmington College’s Taylor Powell-Abbinante shared his significant experience as a highly engaged student with peers from across the state while serving as a panelist at the Propel Ohio Collegiate Leadership Summit earlier this month.
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FCNL WeekendAnnual Washington, D.C., Spring Lobby Trip Addresses Justice in Policing

The College’s annual Spring Lobby Weekend to the nation’s capital was held virtually this year, March 20 through 22, with students gaining access to elected legislators and their staffs virtually instead of face-to-face on Capitol Hill. The WC contingent of 30 again constituted the largest group among the 500 students from across the nation participating in the annual event sponsored by the Friends Committee on National Legislation.
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Student Experience



Political Science Major Riley Eberhart will represent Ohio at the 2022 American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet

Eberhart, a six-year Harrison County Farm Bureau member, is currently a student at Wilmington College where she studies political science, focusing on agricultural advocacy and food policy. Prior to college, Eberhart spent 15 years as a member of 4-H, raising beef, hogs, chickens and rabbits and was involved in FFA, participating in many career development events (CDEs).

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Ariana Riccardi

My name is Ariana Riccardi and I am a double major in Political Science and History with a minor in Race, Gender and Ethnicity Studies.

Wilmington College has shown me nothing but love over the past four years, and it created an environment that allowed me to find who I truly am. I have been blessed with so many opportunities to grow, travel, network with amazing people, and study halfway across the world. I’ve had opportunities to serve, both on campus and in the community, and grow as a public servant. And, most importantly, I’ve been able to build relationships that will last a lifetime.

To elaborate on the opportunities Wilmington College has provided me with I will share that I have served as Student Body President (SGA), I am the President of the Peace Corps Prep Club and Resident Student Association, I’m an RA, I have been involved in several theater productions, and I am the Director of our Diversity in Action team – just to name a few.

I may be graduating in two months, but Wilmington College will always be my home, and for that I am forever grateful. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my journey. I truly could not have accomplished everything I have without the amazing faculty, staff and administration at Wilmington College.



Emma Marks and Michael Snarr

STUDENT Leads Washington, D.C., Lobby Trip

Emma Marks Interviewed by Sirius/XM Radio News

As Emma C. Marks waited in the plush lobby outside Sirius/XM radio’s Washington, D.C., studio in mid-March, it fleetingly came to mind how far she has come in three years — from a high school senior in York, Pa., to the subject of a national news program.

The thought was only “fleetingly” present because she quickly found herself wearing headphones and speaking into a microphone while engaged in rapt conversation with host Chris Frates on Sirius/XM News & Issues channel’s Politics Inside Out.

The Wilmington College junior was in the Nation’s Capital as the leader of WC’s 26-student contingent participating in the Friends Committee on National Legislation’s annual Spring Lobby Weekend. The three-day activity attracts college students from around the country to learn from experts about the year’s topic — immigration reform in 2018 — and the art of lobbying, and then actually lobbying their elected officials.

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STUDENT featured in The New York Times Article

Jenna Fawcett is included in a December 2019 story in The New York Times that highlights young women interested in politics. Jenna spoke about starting a chapter at WC of Ignite, an organization closely associate with promoting women playing a more active role in government.

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Students TraveL to Morocco for Hands-On Learning Experience

MoroccoThree Wilmington College students and three alumni will be spent a week in Rabat, Morocco, to participate in the Model Arab League, a program that informs young leaders about international issues and creates a greater awareness of the Arab world and its people.

At the convocation of students from around the world, each student represented a particular country and stood on a council related to affairs such as environment, politics and economics. The structure is comparable to the popular Model United Nations, but it instead focuses only on the 22 member-states that comprise the League of Arab States.

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Every spring, students from a variety of backgrounds venture to the heart-stirring city, otherwise known as Washington D.C.. On this journey, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) teaches young adults how to lobby their representatives using moral arguments and cold hard facts.

Emma Marks, a Political Science and Agricultural Communications double major, organized a trip for twenty-five Wilmington College students. When asked why she wanted to participate in Spring Lobby Weekend Emma conveyed, “I started attending Spring Lobby Weekend because I thought it was crucial to translate my beliefs into action.”

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Political Science Class Stages Global Summit

GlobalSummit“The global summit, over four class periods, works so well for getting things across,” Snarr said. “Students have to learn the material, but it’s not like for a test, which is over in an hour and is only between them and me. With the summit, their peers also see them and they depend on each other — as coalitions and alliances are dependent upon multiple partners.”

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Opinion Piece: Stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Read the letter published in the Columbus Dispatch by Senior Political Science student Emma M. and Professor Michael Snarr urging Congress to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

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