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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.

Senior’s Research Wins OCA’s ‘Top Undergraduate Paper’

Abby EngelhartThe Ohio Communication Association selected senior Abigail Engelhart’s work in which she examined unique challenges women face when running for top political office for its “Top Undergraduate Paper” at its annual conference this fall.

Engelhart is senior from Westerville majoring in political science and English.

Titled “Barriers to Entry: How Sexist Attitudes Hinder Female Presidential Candidates,” her paper looks at how female presideintial candidates — such as Hillary Clinton — are evaluated when they run for public office.

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Political Science Prof Publishes Sixth Edition of Global Issues Book

GlobalIssues-WEB2Michael Snarr Elicits Subject Matter Expertise of WC Faculty and Alumni

Michael and Neil Snarr’s book Introducing Global Issues continues to generate national and international interest as more and more colleges and universities incorporate into their curriculum an appreciation for world cultures, globalization and international affairs.

Wilmington College’s Dr. Michael Snarr, professor of social and political studies, and Dr. Neil Snarr, emeritus professor of sociology, again served as editors for Introducing Global Issues, the sixth edition of which was published this summer.

It updates the fifth edition, which, published in 2012, along with previous issues, has been used at nearly 100 colleges and universities. This time, the Snarrs divided the book into two sections: “Dimensions of Conflict and Security” and “Dimensions of the Global Political Economy.”

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