GOV 113 International Politics
An introductory historical and theoretical analysis of modern international relations.
The interdisciplinary major in international relations gives you the tools to understand and tackle critical international problems like terrorism, ethnic strife and global warming. Faculty challenge you to explore global issues and articulate your thoughts through written and oral presentations. You study international politics, foreign policy, comparative politics, international economics, history and a foreign language. Within the major, you focus on a specific area, such as foreign policy analysis, international political economy, the politics of development, environmental politics, security studies, human rights, regional politics or ethnic conflict.
Most international relations majors study abroad for a semester. Some take advantage of a semester-long Study Away Teach Away (SATA) program, in which a small group of students and one or two Connecticut College professors go abroad together. (The photo at the top of this page is from a SATA to Vietnam in 2013.) Other opportunities include a College-funded summer internship abroad or a one- to three-week trip for a specific course.
Many international relations majors choose to double major, often in economics, history or a foreign language. Others pursue a certificate from one of the College's interdisciplinary academic centers, which allow you to enhance your major with one of four concentrations – international studies, environmental studies, art and technology or public policy and community action. You have endless possibilities for connecting international relations with another field: Students have explored renewable energy in Spain and Italy, pollution in Martinique and issues of race and ethnicity across many borders.
Tristan Borer’s current research focuses on issues surrounding Western media portrayals of distant human rights abuses, especially those on the African continent. Prior to this, her research focused on human rights in both apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. Specifically, she has written extensively on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and gendered dimensions of transitional justice mechanisms
MaryAnne Borrelli's courses include U.S. Government and Politics (GOV 111); Congress (GOV 212); Gender and U.S. Politics (GOV 250); Politics of Bureaucracy (GOV 284); and Culture, Politics and the Environment (493A).
W. John Coats Jr. was the recipient of the College's 2003 Nancy Batson Nisbet Rash Faculty Research Award for excellence in academic research.
Jane Dawson continues to conduct ambitious global study, examining in greater detail how environmentalism may be linked to a variety of subgroup identities across a broad spectrum of political settings and the implications of this linkage for the achievement of domestic and international environmental policy objectives.
Bill Frasure was one of a team of faculty to lead a group of Connecticut College students on a the first, four-month-long SATA Vietnam program at Vietnam National University (VNU) in Hanoi in Northern Vietnam during the spring semester, 1999. The SATA Vietnam program was the lengthiest ever between a U.S. college and a Vietnamese college.
A native of Argentina, Alex Roberto Hybel's research and teaching interests are in international relations theory, U.S. foreign policy, U.S. foreign policy decision-making, democracy, and Latin American politics. Some of the courses and seminars he teaches are: International Relations Theory; International Relations; Democracy in Latin America; Challenges to Democracy in Europe’s Mediterranean Region, U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Latin America; The New International System; U.S. Foreign Policy Decision-Making; and International Politics Through Film.
A former Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Connecticut College, Dorothy James is one of the country's most highly regarded political scientists on the Presidency and on policy studies. She brings her expertise in American politics and political thought to courses such as Political Parties, Campaigns and Elections, Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties, National Security vs. Individual Freedom, American Political Thought and seminars on Presidential Politics and Judicial Behavior.
Peter Mitchell has been an adjunct faculty member at Connecticut College since 2012. During the 2014–2015 Academic Year he is teaching Constitutional Law: Structures and Powers of Government; U.S. Government and Politics; International Organizations; International Humanitarian Law; The Courts and the Law.
David Patton teaches classes on comparative politics, Europe, European politics, the European Union, ethnic conflict, German politics and Green parties.
Ryan Phillips's research and teaching interests include the history of political thought, contemporary political theory, international relations and Europe and the European Union, with particular specializations in the history and theory of democracy, the democratization of the European Union and interpretivist approaches to political inquiry. He is currently working on several articles related to these themes.
Caroleen Marji Sayej specializies in comparative politics and the Middle East. She teaches Comparative Politics; Iran: State, Politics and Society; and Middle East Politics.
John Tian's research and publications cover a broad range, including the political economy of economic interactions across the Taiwan Strait, China’s regional development policies, the emerging new politics of inequality in China, and China’s integration with the world economy and the potential impact on Chinese economy and society, especially on Chinese agriculture and rural institutions of governance.
International relations, economics
A: I sat in on a class and thoroughly enjoyed the rigor of discourse and the level of engagement between students and faculty.
A: The International Relations/ Government Department, in my opinion, is one of the strongest departments on campus. Not only are the faculty truly experts in their fields, but there are courses to satisfy everybody’s interests. Outside of the classroom, I have found the professors to be most accessible and personable. I am co-authoring a chapter in Professor Hybel's upcoming book, and it has been a tremendous learning experience and a phenomenal opportunity to work with directly with an expert on his topic.
A: I co-founded the TEDx initiative at Connecticut College. I am also the chief investment officer of the Peggotty Investment Club that actively manages about $70,000 of the College’s endowment.
A: Yes, at the University of Oxford. I wanted to further challenge myself in a highly rigorous academic environment and was drawn to their PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) program.