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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.


Radicalism and Revolution - Irish Political History and the IRA
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.


Republics & Empires: Rome, Florence and Venice
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. Includes four class meetings before the 13-day-long faculty-led 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.

Model United Nations

Each year, 10-15 students travel to Chicago to participate in an excellent educational experience, Model United Nations. With 2,000 other students from all over the U.S., the students simulate the United Nations and represent numerous other countries.

National Criminal Justice Conferences

Each year, the Farber Fund contributes to the expense of 10-15 students in criminal justice to travel, with a professor, to national conferences. They have traveled to San Francisco, Orlando, Albuquerque, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Denver and numerous other cities where the conferences have been held. Many students have presented their research papers at the conferences with the help of our professors.

New Zealand

Comparative Criminal Justice

On this trip, you will study comparative criminal justice as you explore the North Island of New Zealand.  The course includes a comparison of the New Zealand and United States criminal justice systems, with an emphasis on the intersection of the justice system with indigenous people’s lives. You will also explore much of the North Island, including both major cities and the beautiful geography of the island, such as the Bay of Isles, Lake Taupo and Tangariro National Park. Visits to thermal springs, wine country and Hobbiton will be included in the trip.


Politics and Culture

You have the opportunity to travel to Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia, for 10 days in a study program led by Tim Schorn, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and Ilmira Dulyanova, instructor of Russian and director of graduate online programs in the Department of Political Science.

You will study the politics, history and culture of Russia while visiting the Kremlin, Red Square, Gorky Park and more in Moscow, as well as the Hermitage, Peterhof and additional sights in Saint Petersburg. Our Farber Fund assists political science, criminal justice and international studies majors in making this faculty-led program even more affordable.


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.

Washington, D.C.

Politics & Policy Study Program
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.

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