You will emerge from your government major grounded in international relations, American politics, comparative politics and political theory. If your interest is global, you may major in world politics. You will get a front-line perspective on U.S. government if you are accepted into Hamilton’s program in Washington, D.C., where you will work in a Congressional or executive office.
As deep as his interest runs in world politics, Peter Jorgensen ’16 says he couldn’t take studying only that subject or its close relatives. Jorgensen is a world politics major with an English minor and a possible second minor in French.More >>
“I get the whole world: I’ve taken an environmental studies class, I’ve taken a physics class, I’ve taken all the English classes in the world. My favorite professor at Hamilton is an English professor, “ says Jorgensen, who is spending his junior year in the General Course at the London School of Economics. Just before that, he interned for the summer with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen.
Hamilton world studies professors, he says, give students the freedom to construct their best and most interesting arguments, which inspires him to excel. “You kind of take yourself out of your shoes and think in a different way, and I think that’s the best part of the world politics program here,” Jorgensen says. “Because it’s always very interesting, it’s always very much a new day. You never get the same thing twice.” To Jorgensen’s surprise, he’s made the dean’s list every semester.
Right out of Hamilton, Haley Peterson ’11 worked on Capitol Hill for a Vermont congressman. The summer before law school, she led a community service trip for high school students to Tanzania. It was great, but Peterson was ready for more school. “After working for a few years after graduating from Hamilton, I felt that the legal field was the place where not only I could practice my research and writing skills but also where I could make the biggest impact in the environmental field,” says Peterson, who is a law student at the University of Maryland.More >>
She says Hamilton’s flexible world politics major enabled her to try a variety of subject areas and gain exposure to professionals in the legal field and beyond. For instance, she took an African studies class with Prudence Bushnell, a former U.S. ambassador.
“Everyone always says that Hamilton will put you apart from your peers when you graduate, especially when it comes to writing and oral presentation skills. I can honestly say that this has been so true and this is particularly true for the world politics major, which has a significant writing-intensive component,” she says.
Hamilton graduates who concentrated in government are pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including: