DWAMA, DWA, YOUNG, AND MCKINNON
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AT OCCIDENTAL
The Diplomacy & World Affairs Major Association, fondly referred to as DWAMA, is a student organization with a mission of building a community and stimulating dialogue within the Diplomacy & World Affairs major (DWA) at Occidental College. We have created this website to supplement and enhance the existing DWA page on the Occidental website, giving a special focus to the student's perspective. We hope this website will be useful to prospective, current, and past students who wish to engage with the department and the wonderful people who constitute it.
Diplomacy and World Affairs (DWA) is Occidental College’s nationally recognized international relations major. In addition to providing students with a firm foundation on various IR theories and issues, students are encouraged to draw in an interdisciplinary manner from a related major (among them politics, economics, film/documentary-making, critical theory, history, and religious studies). Students are required to engage in substantial foreign language study. DWA hosts the William and Elizabeth Kahane United Nations Program, which is unique in allowing undergraduate students to intern at agencies and arms of the United Nations. The John Parke Young Initiative generously funds independent research projects developed by our students under faculty supervision. In cooperation with the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, DWA also hosts a lively series of guest lectures, brown bags, films, documentaries, and the John Parke Young Speaker Series on the Global Economy.
The McKinnon Center for Global Affairs promotes the study and practice of global, transnational and international issues at Occidental College. Housed in the newly renovated Johnson Hall, the Center sponsors and coordinates teaching, curriculum design, research, and public outreach on a range of global and regional topics. The McKinnon Center links the entire campus community and supports a wide range of conferences and workshops, lectures and invited speakers, student fellowships and research, and a variety of cross-disciplinary and academic practitioner collaborations.