Department of Politics and International Relations
The Department of Politics and International Relations
This major bridges the humanities and social sciences.
Are you interested in campaigns and elections? Diplomacy and international affairs? Critical issues like health, immigration, the environment, and race relations? If so, you should pursue a major in politics.
Politics is the study of the way in which people make collective decisions affecting life under government. From a Christian perspective, politics is part of God's provision for Creation, a means of reconciling human inclinations toward both self-interest and sociability. In short, if you are curious about the world, and you believe, as we do, that government has a constructive role to play in making for a better one, then the study of politics is for you.
Our Politics alumni say, if given a second chance to choose an undergraduate major, they would choose politics again.
Christina McIntyre, a 2016 graduate of the Politics and International Relations Department, with further majors in Sustainability Studies and Community and Urban Development, will use her 2016-17 Fulbright research award to Canada to study for an MA in Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her MA thesis, which took shape as part of Christina's senior honors project at Messiah, will focus on urban housing policy as a means of poverty de-concentration. Christina is from Street, Maryland.
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