May Term in Poli Sci & Pre-Law

Simpson’s 3-week May Term is refreshing change of pace from a typical semester. You can choose from international or domestic travel, an internship, a Pre-Law prep class, or one of many on-campus seminars!

Simpson Students with Sen. Tom Harkin

During a May Term trip in 2013, Simpson students visited major sites in D.C. and Virginia, met the entire Iowa congressional delegation (including Sen. Tom Harkin above), saw the Nationals beat the Cubs (and caught two baseballs!), and watched the U.S. Supreme Court hand down three decisions.

In Political Science, we take advantage of the 24/7 experiential learning that May Term provides. Courses include:

Discover Ireland and Great Britain
Visit prehistoric and Roman sites, medieval castles and cathedrals, modern palaces, homes of important Britons and Irishmen, and places where crucial decisions were made that shaped Irish, British, and world history. Among the places to be visited are Dublin, Edinburgh Castle, Stonehenge, Oxford University, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, British Museum, and more!

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 South American and world power. You will take away 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, 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.”

Legal Practice in Iowa
Do you wonder what it’s like to work in the legal profession? In this class, hear firsthand from Iowa attorneys and judges about their lives inside and outside of the courtroom, see the day-to-day work routines of attorneys, and experience educational opportunities in Des Moines. You will also learn about current issues in the law: ethics, advocacy, juries, judges, and the changing legal system in Iowa. The course is taught by a practicing attorney.

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 present your findings.

View the official D.C. trip photo album! Read the Simpson Survey 2012 report