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International Politics

Educating and equipping the next generation of world-changers

  • Gabe Degraeve
    The Political Science Department at Belmont is a wonderful program that combines discussion with research to enhance the student's experience. Professors focus largely on discussion-based learning to help students engage with the material and understand the topics. They offer a wide range of topics from Foundations of Democracy to Comparative Politics that help to widen a student's view of all that political science has to offer. The small size of the program allows you to grow a great connection with the instructors and with your fellow peers. The professors are well connected around not only Nashville but the state and national levels, helping to get students internships wherever their interests may lie. I did an internship in the Summer of 2021 in Washington DC at the US Capitol with my senator, and my advisor helped me to get credit for it and connected me with people he knew in the area. The program at Belmont enables students to succeed not just in the classroom, but wherever they may end up.


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Do you aspire to be a diplomat, a leader in international business, an expert in foreign affairs, a translator, a government official or even go to law school? Then the International Politics program at Belmont is for you! Our department is led by highly qualified and experienced professors who place special emphasis on advising and active student interaction. Classes are kept purposely small to facilitate a nurturing learning environment, where each student is offered individual guidance and mentoring in order to best serve them in reaching their aspirations, whatever they may be.

International politics students will learn the foundations of government as a whole and investigate the role of politics in regions across the world. In addition to taking a deep dive into the foundational documents and texts of global governments, students are also invited to explore issues such as international security, global violence and social science research methods. Our students develop broad knowledge and adaptable skills as well as a specialization in the culture of their choice. In recent years, international politics students have landed at a number of elite graduate programs or moved on to rewarding careers in diplomacy, teaching, research and lobbying.

While at Belmont, international politics majors are required to develop proficiency in at least one foreign language and are offered the opportunity to complement their in-class studies with exciting study abroad experiences. The department’s international Maymester courses, in particular, enable students to be exposed to a variety of cultures around the globe. The ultimate goal of the international politics degree is to provide a rigorous and challenging program that cultivates motivated, responsible and curious students who will take their knowledge far beyond our classrooms and impact the broader world. 

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