Politics is about bargaining and compromise. To achieve a common goal for a country, its people and its government must navigate specific mechanisms: the examination of power, the distributions of resources, and the amplification of voices.

Why study Politics at Sewanee?

Sewanee teaches its students to be citizens who ask hard questions, assess information, and make comparisons between various political systems and ideologies. Our curriculum tackles key issues at the intersection of law & justice while identifying ways that global institutions address challenges of conflict and cooperation. Classes are highly engaging, and faculty are able to tie research into classes, honors projects, summer internships, and community engagement opportunities.

You’ll learn to grapple with relevant questions concerning justice, liberty, power, and equality, while investigating the nature, purpose, and characteristics of political change. The politics curriculum exposes you to a rich amount of social and political perspectives, equipping you to become a lifelong participant in a democratic society. You’ll be able to articulate views while listening with civility and respect to the other side.


Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others, are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first job.

  • Financial Analyst, Mercer Capital, Memphis, TN.
  • Account Executive, Yelp, New York City, NY.
  • Field Organizer, Democratic Party of Virginia, Richmond VA.
  • Associate Producer, The Laura Ingraham Show, Washington, D.C.
  • Newman's Own Foundation Fellow, The Posse Foundation, New York City, NY.

Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and preprofessional programs–about 95 percent to law school and over 85 percent to medical school. Below is a sampling of where Sewanee grads continue their education.

  • Ph.D. in Economics, George Mason University.
  • J.D. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.
  • J.D. Vanderbilt University Law School.
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Emory University.
  • M.A. in International Relations, University College Dublin, Ireland.


Shining a Light

Informed by her own personal history, Associate Professor of Politics Mila Dragojevic travels the world to examine the conditions that lead to refugee crises, violence against civilians, and genocide.


At 16, Mila Dragojevic was an ace student in languages in her native Croatia. She had studied French, German, and English and had the idea that she would be a philologist. She applied to a student exchange program and was deciding whether to go to Switzerland, the United Kingdom, or the United States.

That’s when the Balkan state she called home began falling apart, with neighbor turning against neighbor in a conflict that resulted from the breakup of Yugoslavia and the geopolitical aims of Slobodan Milošević, who incited Serbs in Croatia in an attempt to expand Serbian territory. Dragojevic and her family found themselves refugees. Though living in Croatia and having both Serb and Croat roots, the family identified as Serbs. They crossed the border to Serbia. But Dragojevic—already accepted in the student exchange program—was not there long, heading shortly thereafter to the Tidewater region of Virginia, where she was welcomed by a host family with whom she is still close.

“When the barricades go up, people have to decide which side they stand on,” says Dragojevic, who studies refugees, violence against civilians, and genocide as an associate professor of politics at Sewanee.

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A Sampling of Courses


Programs of Study & Related Programs

Requirements for the Major & Minor in Politics

Requirements for the Major & Minor in International & Global Studies | Website

Requirements for the Major & Minor in Women's & Gender Studies | Website


Meet Some Professors


Andrea C. Hatcher 
Professor and Chair of Department of Politics


Guerry Hall 205A, Ext. 1652

Connecting the Dots