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Duncan Lawrence

Duncan Lawrence '11

Middleton, MA, Psychology Major, Economics Minor

"Life is too short to have just a single interest. Plus, the world is constantly changing and evolving. If you don't have an open mind, you're going to be left behind."

International Studies

The major in international studies introduces students to contemporary international systems and the complex political, economic, and cultural factors that affect relations among nations.

Students majoring in international studies will acquire a knowledge of particular world areas and international issues, as well as the ability to work in at least one of the major languages of those areas. The acquisition of a high level of proficiency in the chosen language is an important component of this major. The student may emphasize either political science, economics, history, or sociology. The major is designed to prepare Wells students to assume professional roles in our complex global environment.

The number of courses required for the major is 17 (50-53 semester hours). At least six of these courses must be at the 300-level or above.


Wells International Studies faculty

International Studies majors take courses with faculty from multiple disciplines, but all benefit from the broad knowledge and experience of the major chair Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Professor of Political Science. Professor Lumumba-Kasongo has traveled to countries across the globe to work with academics and experts on-site, give talks and presentations at conferences, and develop the field of international studies worldwide.

Read more about our faculty.

Internships and Study Abroad

Diverse internships, in the United States and abroad, are available to International Studies majors. Wells alumnae who are established leaders in their fields often provide internships opportunities for current students. The following is a sample of internships in the International Studies area held by Wells students in recent years: 

  • Bank of New York, New York City, NY  

  • The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA 

  • Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.  

  • Government of Quebec, Canada  

  • House of Commons, Great Britain  

  • Welch Allyn, Skaneateles, NY 

International travel and study is integral to the International Studies major at Wells. Explore business, politics, language and literature and any number of sites around the world. Check out our off-campus study programs.

Co-Curricular Activities 

Bring your global perspective and leadership skills to bear on one of the many organizations associated with Wells College. Check out: 

  • Amnesty International
  • Wells International Student Association (WISA)
  • International Studies Day
  • International Studies Colloquium Series*
  • Model United Nations
  • Spanish Club
  • United Nations-Wells College Student Alliance United Women of Color 

*Through the International Studies Colloquium Series, students, faculty members, and invited guests present their research projects or internship projects related to the mission of the International Studies Major in order to enhance the quality of its programs.