Simpson’s three-week May Term is refreshing change of pace from a typical semester. Experiences include international and domestic travel, field research, job shadowing, internships, and on-campus seminars.
In Political Science, we take advantage of the 24/7 experiential learning May Term provides. Besides the courses below, the department co-leads (with History) a trip to England and Ireland every few years.
Recent May Term opportunities in Political Science/International Relations include:
Brazil: Politics of a New Democracy
Visit Brasilia, Maceio, and Rio de Janeiro to meet with politicians and party officials and learn about the rich history and culture of this rising world power. You will come away with a new appreciation for the challenges and the successes of Brazil’s transition to democratic government.
Exploring Politics in Washington, D.C.
Immerse yourself in 200 years of American politics and history as we meet elected officials, attend public lectures, see historic sites in our nation’s capital, and watch Congressional debates and U.S. Supreme Court rulings in real time. You will also meet students in our CHIP semester and Simpson alumni who now live and work on “the Hill.”
Simpson Political Survey
Improve your quantitative skills and experience the work of a real political pollster as you design, distribute, and analyze findings of an in-depth, election-year survey of Simpson students and faculty. You will conduct research, write a survey report for online publication, and then formally present findings to the community.