In an increasingly interconnected world, there is an urgent and increasing need for globally aware Christian leaders, professionals, and policymakers grounded in the fundamentals of faith and freedom.
The purpose of the track in International Politics and Policy (IPP) at Patrick Henry College is to prepare Christian leaders for success in international policy, law, business, and humanitarian work. To achieve this objective, the IPP track educates students in the contending theories, prominent actors, existing problems, possible approaches, and current opportunities in foreign policy and international affairs.
IPP students learn from professors who are experts in international policy, theory, and research. Major courses and electives include International Relations, Comparative Politics, Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice, International Economics, European Politics, Ethics and International Relations, Politics of Developing Nations, Comparative Economic Systems, Modern Chinese History, and more.
Under the direction of a qualified faculty member or mentor, students in the International Politics and Policy track can explore a specific global issue (e.g., globalization and global governance, human trafficking, economic development, family deterioration, resource scarcity, free trade, ethnic violence, genocide, environmental degradation, etc.) through researching primary and secondary sources. Students are then required to draft a policy report articulating a strategy for US involvement that would ultimately be forwarded to relevant government officials.
Apprenticeship Experience and Methodology
Several campus programs supplement the IPP major classroom experience. Patrick Henry College’s apprenticeship method requires IPP students to obtain real-world experience in an internationally-related internship. IPP students and graduates have worked at high-level internship positions in the White House, the US Department of State, the Department of Defense, Heritage Foundation, Sysco, The Atlantic Council, and the Project for National Security Reform, as well as embassies and other venues abroad. Students may also write for the student peer-reviewed IPP Journal, which affords them further opportunity to hone their analytical skills and knowledge of international politics.