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Eli Banghart

Class of 2014
Major/Minor: International Studies and French / Economics. Concentrations: Peace & Conflict, African Studies, Near East Studies, European Studies.

The liberal arts education awarded to me creates a well-rounded viewpoint that allows for a combination of fields in International Studies, such as development, global trade, economics, and political science to view today’s international system.

How has your liberal arts education influenced you? How do you apply your liberal arts education in your current career?

My degrees at Washington College give me a distinct difference over my new classmates in graduate school. I look at problems from various disciplines, finding unique solutions many do not think are applicable to the Security field. The LAE awarded to me creates a well-rounded viewpoint that allows for a combination of fields in International Studies, such as development, global trade, economics, and political science to view today’s international system.

Who was your favorite faculty member?

Dr. Pears and Dr. Wade served as my advisors throughout my time at WAC. The first class I sat in on as a high school senior was Intro to World Politics (POL 104) with Dr. Wade, and he knowledge and depth of understanding for an introductory class sealed my decision to study at WAC.

Originally I never took a French class before WAC. I always held an interest in North and West Africa, now studying North and West African Terrorism, and I knew French and France’s history were intertwined into these states. At first I was a French minor, but sophomore year I changed my degree into a major and studied abroad at UPMF-Grenoble my junior year. Dr. Pears has everything to do with this decision. She also advised my dual-thesis on French influence in Morocco and Algeria, and aided me every step of the way to its completion.

What is your favorite Washington College memory?

The May Day celebration in 2010. April 30th falls on my actual birthday, and SEB threw an outdoor party that afternoon. There was an inflatable laser tag arena, a live concert, and free food for the entire event. It definitely made for a memorable celebration.

Campus Involvement
  • Pi Delta Phi
  • Hodson Trust Scholars
  • Presidential Fellows, Presidential Fellows Ambassador
  • Intramural Sports
  • International Studies Council
  • WACMUN, Model United Nations
  • Paris Conference on the Arab Spring
  • Washington College Review
  • Portuguese Club
  • French Club
  • Studied Abroad in the fall semester of 2012 at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, and spent the spring semester of 2013 at Sciences Po Grenoble, in Grenoble, France.
Graduate School:

Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver: M.A. International Security, Class of 2016