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.
|David Arase||Associate Professor of Politics||(909) 607-1211||Carnegie 20|
|Colin Beck||Assistant Professor of Sociology||(909) 621-8510||Hahn 218|
|Elizabeth Crighton||Professor of Economics||(909) 621-8781||Carnegie Building 21|
|David Elliott||Professor of Politics||(909) 607-2463||Carnegie 20|
|Pierre Englebert||Professor of Politics||(909) 607-2496||Carnegie 5|
|Heather Williams||Associate Professor of Politics - Program Coordinator||(909) 607-3088||Carnegie 9|
|Philip Streich||Visiting Assistant Professor||(909) 607-8202||CA 20|
|Cristina Waggonner||Visiting Lecturer||(909) 607-9379||Carnegie 7|
|Cameron Munter||Visiting Professor||(909) 607-7526||Carnegie 7|
|Evelyn Khalili||Academic Department Coordinator||(909) 607-2448||Carnegie 106|
Mailing AddressPomona College, International Relations, 425 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
Campus LocationCarnegie Building