Our students have participated in events such as the Model United Nations conferences in Chicago, Toronto and San Francisco and the center for the study of presidency conference in Washington, D.C. Research and study trips have taken our students to Turkey, Ireland, Italy and elsewhere.


Republics & Empires: Rome, Florence and Venice
May 7-19, 2017

This faculty-led course will examine the political thought and history of Rome and the Renaissance through an experiential learning approach that takes advantage of a traditional classroom experience and a visit to Rome, Florence and Venice. Four class meetings before the 13-day-long study tour. Political science, criminal justice and international studies majors are eligible to receive Farber Funding for the trip with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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Radicalism and Revolution - Irish Political History and the IRA
May 9-24, 2017

This faculty-led course combines an historical perspective with contemporary analysis of the political history of Ireland with a particular focus on the Irish War of Independence in the early 20th century, the “Troubles” of Northern Ireland in the 1970’s and 80’s, and the current iterations of the IRA and Real IRA.

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Washington, D.C.

Politics & Policy Study Program
June 3-8, 2017

Learn how politics, policy and policy research interact through conversations with Hill staff and policymakers working off of the Hill in this faculty-led course. Many of these conversations will feature USD alumni now working in the city. The trip will also tour the D.C. monuments and experience “high” culture at the Kennedy Center and “low” culture with Nationals baseball. Regular spring semester meetings will prepare students to interact with D.C. policymakers and learn “the inside scoop” of the city, like how the Tortilla Coast led to a government shutdown.

Email Ed.Gerrish@usd.edu to apply.


Travel through Northwestern and Central Turkey in cities including Instanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Cappadocia and Ankara in the faculty-led course. Study Turkish politics and culture. Undergraduates and graduates come from several different majors, including English, criminal justice, political science and international studies.