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International Politics

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Madeleine Fossler
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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.