The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think
critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives.
Through Wells academic program, residential atmosphere, and community
activities, students learn and practice the ideals of the liberal arts. The
Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to
embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respnd ethically to the
interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all
areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for
sharing the privileges of education with others.
Majors in International Studies and Political Science Studies
The Major in International Studies introduces students to contemporary international systems and the complex political, economic, and cultural factors that affect relations among nations.
Students majoring in international studies will acquire a knoledge of particular world areas and international issues, as wells as the ability to work in at least one of the major languages of those areas.
The acquisition of a high level of proficiency in the chosen language is an important component of this major. The student may empasize either political science, economics, history, or sociology.
The major is designed to prepare Wells students to assume professional roles in our complex global environment (as stated in Wells College Catalog 2010-2011).
In the Political Science Major, students will acquire borad skills regarding of the analysis of, and critical knowledge about: the agencies, functions and structures of the institutions of power; the nature of political behavior, and the principles and processes of governance.
The mojor provides critical theories towards the understanding of political community, how the central decision-making processes are made within the political institutions, and how people interact with and within these institutions.
At the heart of political science analysis is the question of the struggle for power. Thus, the major exposes students to changing paradigms and schools of thought centered on how institutional and individual power is gained, organized, used, lost or abused.
The major introduces students to the various methods, concerns, and analytical issues in the basic subfields of the discipline: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory (as stated in Wells College Catalog 2010-2011).