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.
FIRST DESTINATIONS: politics MAJORS
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.
GRADUATE SCHOOL & PREPROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS: Politics MAJORS
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.