Politics and International Relations

The study of politics includes a broad range of subject matter, including American politics, political theory, comparative politics, international relations, and political economy. The Department of Politics and International Relations is committed to interdisciplinary approaches to the study of these subjects, and is prepared to accept, for example, courses in history, economics, and legal studies towards completion of the major.

Students are advised to consult with their major adviser in order to choose a set of courses that best serves their interests, academic goals, and career objectives. The politics and international relations major at Scripps College encourages students to take advantage of study abroad and internship opportunities that complement their major study.

Scripps Faculty

David Andrews
Director, European Union Center of California
Gabrielle Marie-Louise Jungels-Winkler Chair in Contemporary European Studies
Professor of International Relations
Director of the European Union Center of California
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Nancy Neiman Auerbach
Professor of International Political Economy
Mary W. Johnson Professorship in Teaching

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Mark Golub
Assistant Professor of Politics & International Relations

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Thomas Kim
Associate Professor of Politics & International Relations

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Steven Samford
Visiting Assistant Professor

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Department Goals and Objectives

  1. Students develop a broad understanding of political processes, institutions, actors, behavior, and ideas.
  2. Students will learn to identify assumptions and critically evaluate arguments made in both academic and popular political contexts.
  3. Students combine and apply acquired disciplinary knowledge with that of other disciplines.
  4. Students acquire essential skills for research, writing, analysis, and effective oral communication.
  5. Students may develop outside of the classroom alternative perspectives on political affairs by engaging in internships, study abroad, and community engagement experiences.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • SLO1: Students competently demonstrate working knowledge of a range of analytical approaches, concepts, theories and methodologies relevant to Political Science and its five major sub-fields.
  • SLO2: Students are able to identify assumptions and critically evaluate arguments made in both academic and popular political contexts.
  • SLO3: Students can demonstrate ability to link politics, history, economics, and culture.
  • SLO4: Students can effectively communicate in oral and written form.
  • SLO5: Students will participate in civic engagement activities.