"The Lobby trip equips students to become more effective citizens. It shows them the actual process of how lobbying works, to an extent how Congress works and, instead of sitting at home reading the newspaper on watching CNN, students actually get involved in the process of social and political engagement."
- Michael Snarr

"It's a very unique learning experience you can't replicate. You have to go there and feel the action, the joy, and, yes, the nerves that come along with really being a part of your government."
- Megan Canfield


Political Science

The political science major at Wilmington College offers students the opportunity to pursue careers in international studies, public administration, legislative affairs, and law. Students majoring in political science study the institutions and processes societies create to make collective decisions about human problems. Courses in this field address issues of justice and human rights, social movements, and economic development as they relate to the distribution of power in society.

In keeping with the College mission, the political science major encourages students to examine problems of conflict reconciliation and peacemaking in both national and international contexts. Although the political science major is compatible with virtually any other major at the College, students in the department often double major in criminal justice, psychology, Spanish, environmental studies, or minor in leadership or sustainability.

The department encourages its students to pursue internships, community service opportunities, and extra-curricular activities. It offers a number of study abroad programs, internships, lobbying and learning opportunities in Washington, D.C., a Mock Trial program, and a variety of other service learning and civic engagement activities.

Seniors Present Research at 2013 Sociological Association Conference in Indianapolis

Senior Shelby Zornes is pictured with Mary Ellen Batiuk, professor of social and political studies, at the North Central Sociological Association Conference in Indianapolis April 5-7, 2013. Shelby presented her research titled "Can Occupational Therapy Change Behavior?"

Senior Brooke Byrne presents her research titled "Exploring the Multidimensionality of Freshman Retention" at the North Central Sociological Association Conference in Indianapolis April 5-7, 2013.

Students Lobby Their Legislators in Washington D.C.

Prof and Alumnus Visit Afghanistan 'Under the Radar'


WC Student Spends Seven Weeks in Northern Ireland

Kristin Finkbeiner (left) and Christina Orchard (middle) try some local Nicaraguan produce. SEE STORY ON WC STUDENTS IN NICARAGUA


For more than 130 years, Wilmington College’s beautiful, tree-lined campus has witnessed the successful transformation of men and women into true seekers of knowledge and effective citizens. For them, WC played a key role that has led to rich and fulfilling lives.

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