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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
The March/April 2009 issue of Foreign Policy — an award-winning magazine covering economics, politics and ideas globally — once again ranks Dartmouth’s international relations curriculum as a leading program for undergraduates among the nation’s top institutions.
The third biennial survey asked scholars to identify the 20 best institutions for undergraduates interested in international relations, with respondents placing Dartmouth eighth among high-ranked programs, surpassing Cornell University and Brown University. Dartmouth moved up one spot from the 2007 ranking, making it the highest-ranked institution offering such studies only at the undergraduate level.
The ranking is based on a survey conducted by researchers at the College of William and Mary who asked more than 1,000 faculty members in the U.S. who work in the field of international relations to rank the nation's best institutions for students interested in international relations.
Michael Mastanduno, Dartmouth’s associate dean of the faculty for the social sciences and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government, said the ranking reflects Dartmouth’s approach to teaching undergraduates. “Our international relations faculty come to Dartmouth because they want to be in an environment where conducting high-quality research and teaching undergraduates is done synergistically.” He added, “The fact that Dartmouth students can interact one-on-one with a faculty of among the top IR scholars in the world is what makes this place so special.”
Government is one of the most popular majors at Dartmouth. There are currently 282 government majors and 24 minors. Within the government major, students can specialize in four subfields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory/public law.
Student interest in global citizenship led to the newly created international studies minor, allowing students of all majors to internationalize their Dartmouth education with courses from across the curriculum. Launched in the winter term and administered by the Dickey Center, the international studies minor combines advanced language study with courses on violence and security, international development, cultures, places and identities, and global health.
“By bringing our department's many international relations courses to the attention of even more students while offering a formal structure for students interested in IR who may not want to major in government, the new international studies minor is going to make a good situation even better,” said William Wohlforth, Daniel Webster Professor of government and chair of the department.
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