Whether it's interning in London, studying in Spain or doing research in Germany, most Hobart and William Smith students will have had some kind of international learning experience before they graduate.
With some planning, economics majors can travel abroad and still graduate on time. While the Center for Global Education offers abroad programs on six continents, faculty from the economics department sponsor programs in Washington, D.C., Central Europe, Geneva, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
As part of the Washington, D.C. program, students will have the opportunity, through both coursework and an internship placement, to gain insight into how policy is made in the nation's capital. The courses taught in the program are policy-related and the internships into which students will be placed involve almost daily ocntact and discussion with governmental decision-makers or others involved in making or influencing government policy. In this way, participants in the program will experience first-hand the intense activity inherent in Washington politics.
As part of the Central Europe program is based in four sites throughout Germany, Romania and Hungary. The program examines issues related to ethnicity and multiculturalism and the process of socioeconomic and political transition underway in the region. Each site provides a different perspective on these issues, facilitating comparative analysis that will provide students with insight into the implications of these issues for Europe and beyond.
Geneva, Switzerland is home to a multitude of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, including a variety of UN-affiliated entities and the International Red Cross. As part of the Geneva, Switzerland program, students will focus on issues associated with globaliation as well as the work of international organizations based in the city. Students will be introduced to these issues and organizations through courses and a field-based research project.