Off-campus study is important for many reasons. It deepens your understanding of international and comparative politics, it helps you better understand the relationship between culture and politics, and it expands your cross-cultural communication, foreign language and problem solving skills. And, of course, it’s fun!
There are many ways to incorporate off-campus and study abroad coursework into your Political Science major, including J-term courses and semester- and year-long study. You can also study in virtually any part of the world. Department faculty, for instance, have offered courses in Eastern Europe, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Ireland, and Pakistan. But you can also study Political Science in universities throughout the world and transfer the credits back to UST.
The department also has a long-standing relationship with a number of national and local off-campus programs, including the Washington Semester, a program that brings students from across the nation and the world to study at American University, Washington, D.C. http://www.washingtonsemester.com/
Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania have historically been pulled between east and west. The
course provides a framework for understanding this tension. Local speakers and their personal stories will be called upon to illustrate the daily consequences of this historic phenomenon. The course will utilize local spaces and places (i.e. markets, churches, theatres, town squares, offices of local advocacy organizations, etc.) to illustrate the complexities of this historic period.
This course will satisfy a 300-level Political Science requirement.
We also have historic ties with the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA), a 17-university member consortium that offers coursework in Ecuador, Ireland, and Scandinavia. Find out more about HECUA at http://www.hecua.org/
You should also talk to the staff at the University Study Abroad Office, located at 44 N. Cleveland Avenue (across from the back of O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library) or go their website at http://www.stthomas.edu/studyabroad/