World Politics and Global Governance Double Major

The World Politics and Global Governance (WPGG) program is a track within International Studies that is open to students who double major in International Studies and Political Science (it is not a separate major).

The WPGG program consists of courses in political science, economics, history, and languages. Students who enroll in the WPGG benefit from the interdisciplinary education of the International Studies Program, with extra disciplinary focus on political science and issues of global politics.

Students are encouraged to take courses from one of five different thematic foci:

  • Global governance and law
  • Political economy
  • International security
  • Borders and identities
  • Environmental politics

Through these thematic foci, the WPGG program enables students to develop their analytical skills and their critical judgment as citizens of the world. The program provides excellent preparation for professional careers as well as for graduate studies in political science, public affairs, law, business, and beyond.

Students also have the opportunity to develop a personal research project by writing a senior research thesis under the direct supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Political Science.

Dual Major Requirements

Political Science

WPGG students must complete a total of 11 courses (33 credits) in political science and achieve a grade of C or better in each of these courses. These 11 courses must include:

  • One of the following: Contemporary International Politics, International Politics, or Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • At least one course at the 100- pre-200-level taken on the Homewood Campus in each of the four subfields of political science: (Please note that the three introductory courses listed above satisfy this requirement in their respective subfields.)
    • American Politics
    • Comparative Politics
    • Political Theory
    • International Relations
  • Seven additional courses at the 300-level or above drawn from one or more of the designated WPGG thematic foci. A list of applicable courses may be found on the Courses tab.
  • At least one writing intensive course taken within the political science department at any level.
  • One letter graded independent study course may count toward the 11 required courses.
  • A maximum of four courses applied to the major requirement may come from transfer credit.
  • All thesis-related courses apply to the total 11 political science required courses.


WPGG students must complete four courses in economics.

  • Two courses must be: Elements of Macroeconomics and Elements of Microeconomics.
  • Two courses designated as “political economy” may be substituted for other economics coursework requirements.


WPGG students must complete five courses in history.

  • One of which must be a 100-level course in the History Department. This requirement may be satisfied by completing the standard International Studies major’s history requirements.
  • Two courses designated as “global politics in a historical perspective” may be substituted for two of the five courses required.

Foreign Language

WPGG students must demonstrate foreign language proficiency by completing the International Studies major’s foreign language requirement.

Courses Designated as Part of WPGG Thematic Foci

Global Governance and Law

  • Constitutional interpretations (Zackin)
  • Law, morality, and the state (Culbert)
  • Civil society (Chung)
  • Global governance (Allan)
  • Republicanism (Deudney)
  • Sovereignty (Schmidt)
  • Global and local politics of information (Marlin-Bennett)
  • Power (Marlin-Bennett)
  • Democracy and elections (Katz)

Political Economy

  • Capitalism and ecology (Connolly)
  • Political foundations of the market economy (Jabko)
  • Political economy of Japan and Korea (Chung)
  • Political economy of development (Mazzuca)
  • Game theory (Mazzuca)
  • Global political economy (Marlin-Bennett)
  • Global governance (Allan)
  • How to Be a Capitalist (Chambers)

International Security

  • National security in a nuclear age (David)
  • Political violence (David)
  • The future of Israel (David)
  • Nuclear power and world order (Deudney)
  • Global security politics (Deudney)
  • Planetary geopolitics (Deudney)
  • US foreign policy (Schmidt)

Borders, Migrations, and Identities

  • Comparative political theory (Brendese)
  • Black politics (Spence)
  • Urban politics (Spence)
  • Pluralism (Chambers)
  • Asian American politics (Chung)
  • Politics of East Asia (Chung)
  • Imagining borders (Marlin-Bennett)
  • Dreams of America (Bennett)

Environmental Politics

  • Food politics (Sheingate)
  • Capitalism and ecology (Connolly)
  • Narratives of nature (Bennett)
  • Planetary geopolitics (Deudney)
  • Global environmental politics (Allan)

Courses Designated as Politics in Historical Perspective

  • Politics of East Asia (Chung)
  • Japanese politics (Chung)
  • Korean Politics (Chung)
  • European politics (Jabko)
  • Latin American politics (Mazzuca)
  • Democracy and authoritarianism (Mazzuca)
  • U.S. Foreign Policy (Schmidt)
  • Politics of Good and Evil (Connolly)
  • The New Deal and American Politics (Schlotzman)

Courses Designated as Political Economy

  • Capitalism and ecology (Connolly)
  • Political foundations of the market economy (Jabko)
  • Political economy of Japan and Korea (Chung)
  • Political economy of development (Mazzuca)
  • Game theory (Mazzuca)
  • Global political economy (Marlin-Bennett)
  • Global governance (Allan)
  • How to Be a Capitalist (Chambers)