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International Relations at Pomona College

Professor Pierre Englebert explains what makes the International Relations major at Pomona College special.

The Program in International Relations at Pomona College integrates studies in politics, economics, history, sociology, foreign language, and anthropology. The breadth of the curriculum equips our majors to undertake research on contemporary problems in global security, economic development, international law and institutions, foreign aid, and global health, environment, and human rights.

International Relations majors form a far-flung network during and after their studies at Pomona College. Internships and semesters abroad include extended student stays in China, South Africa, Jordan, Argentina, Chile, Spain, Japan, Kenya, Germany, Senegal, Bolivia, Italy, Egypt, and Ecuador among other countries. On campus at Pomona College, students have ample opportunity to engage in international activities. Examples include students’ participation as speakers and presenters in the Oldenborg Center International Relations Colloquium or in public talks by visiting authors, diplomats, filmmakers, public interest attorneys, and principled-issue advocates. Students can also take advantage of learning tools such as luncheon language tables and foreign-language dormitories.

The capstone experience in the international relations major is a 70 to 120 page two-semester thesis that students develop during their senior year under the tutelage of two faculty readers. Baccalaureate theses are based on original research questions and draw from primary sources. Recent works by students include studies of the politics of agricultural subsidies in the World Trade Organization, carbon markets in the European Trading System, social movements and judicial accountability in Ecuador, river basin engineering and great power politics in Afghanistan, and fair trade coffee markets in Central America.

The I.R. program prepares graduates to do work in a variety of international fields. Our alumni occupy careers today in the U.S. Foreign Service or the diplomatic corps of students’ home countries, the United Nations, the World Bank, international business, international law, and human rights and media freedoms advocacy.

Colin BeckAssistant Professor of Sociology (909) 621-8510Hahn 218
Mieczyslaw BoduszynskiAssistant Professor of Politics (909) 607-8754Carnegie 18
Elizabeth CrightonProfessor of Politics (909) 621-8781Carnegie Building 21
Pierre EnglebertProfessor of Politics and International Relations Program Coordinator (909) 607-2496Carnegie 5
Manisha GoelAssistant Professor of Economics (909) 607-3997
Heidi HaddadAssistant Professor of Politics (909) 607-8751Carnegie 3
Cameron MunterProfessor of Practice (909) 607-7526Carnegie 7
Philip  StreichVisiting Assistant Professor (909) 607-1211Carnegie 20
Heather WilliamsAssociate Professor of Politics (909) 607-3088Carnegie 9
Emeriti Faculty
David ElliottProfessor Emeritus
Adjunct/Performance Faculty
Miriama KhanScholar in Residence (909) 607-8296Carnegie 6
Evelyn KhaliliAcademic Department Coordinator (909) 607-2448Carnegie 106

Mailing AddressPomona College, International Relations, 425 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711

Phone(909) 607-2448

Campus LocationCarnegie Building