We offer one of the largest majors on campus, with course offerings that span the globe. Our faculty members are active researchers who, through their teaching, seek to develop students who are critical thinkers and effective writers. Our classes attract many students but, in keeping with Wake Forest tradition, we keep our class sizes small. Introductory classes typically enroll no more than 30 students; upper-level classes usually have 20-25 students; seminars are limited to no more than 16 students. We pride ourselves in the individual attention we give to our students. Motivated and qualified students have opportunities to assist and collaborate with faculty members in research projects and/or engage in independent research projects. Our majors go on to work in government, business, law, policy, and non-profits, both here and abroad.

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Course Listing

Review a copy of the Politics and International Affairs Course Descriptions to see courses that explore the politics and policies of the US and many countries around the world, international political developments, and the work of political theorists who have contributed to our understanding of politics from ancient times to today.

Why Study Politics and International Affairs

Are you interested in American politics, international affairs, domestic developments in other parts of the world, and political theory? Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on your interests? If so, you should consider political science as a major.

Department News

The Reid Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching

This award is for a faculty member in the Wake Forest College who is still in the early part of their career. The award was established in 1971 and renamed in 1986 in recognition of the generosity of the late Wilbur Doyle (’48), who endowed the prize to honor his philosophy professor, A.C. Reid. The Reid-Doyle Prize is also supported by the Alumni Council and the Alumni Association. The 2024 winner of this award is Assistant Professor, Lina Benabdallah.