Following their sophomore year, qualified political science majors are encouraged to broaden their experience with an approved off-campus program (for two-weeks, one semester, or more) abroad or in the United States.
Susquehanna participates in numerous off-campus programs, including the Washington Semester Program at American University in Washington, D.C., where students may study and intern in American government, the judicial process or foreign policy. The Drew University United Nations Semester provides students with the opportunity to study the United Nations in New York City and have a related internship.
Students are also encouraged to study in foreign countries through Susquehanna University's international study programs.
GO French Language & Culture: Aix-en-Provence, France
For six weeks in the summer of 2013, Michele DeMary and nine students (four of whom were political science majors) lived in Aix-en-Provence, France, as part of the GO French Language & Culture program. Students earned six credits (three in French and three in DeMary's Comparative Women in Politics class) On the weekends, the group traveled the south of France, from Arles to Marseille, gaining a deep understanding of what it means to be Provencal.
GO Cyprus: Nicosia, Cyprus
A two-week GO Short program led by Andrea Lopez (among others), is scheduled to begin in 2014. GO Cyprus will take students to a country divided since 1974 to explore issues of nationalism and cultural differences through two lenses: politics and food. As they meet with NGOs building peace between the two sides, cook side-by-side with Greek-Cypriot students in Nicosia, interact with traditional lace-makers and farmers in the Troodos Mountains, milk goats or make bread with artisans on the Karpas Peninsula, and barter for goods in markets throughout the island, our students will consider questions such as: are the political lines guarded by the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus truly reflective of cultural differences, or is life together on a common island more defining of cultural identity than a political border? How do people in Cyprus understand their own nationalities? Working with the program directors, students will explore their own cultural identity and biases through their own experiences with food and politics.
Past Study Away Locations
Australia, Austria, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, The United Kingdom, Washington Semester Program, American University, IEL Capital Experience, Lutheran College Washington Consortium, New Orleans, La, Phillipsburg, Mont.