Political Science

Global Programs

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, Political Science majors can travel abroad and still graduate on time. While the Center for Global Education offers abroad programs on six continents, faculty from the Political Science department sponsor programs in Washington, D.C. as well as in Geneva, Switzerland and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Amman, Jordan

Amman, the capital of Jordan, provides students with unique opportunities for study abroad. Jordan is a moderate Arab state coming to terms with political responsibility, social change, and the effects of regional conflict. This makes Jordan an ideal place for students with interests in development, social change, and political reform, as well as for those with an interest in Islam, Arabic studies, or with a general interest in the Middle East to launch their studies in the region.

Jaipur, India

Jaipur North India program introduces students to India in its varied manifestations—the richness of its history, philosophy, and culture; the diversity of its peoples and languages; the complexity of its economic, social and political processes. The program involves academic work and travel throughout India, starting in Delhi, the national capital, moving on to Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan for about half the term and finally to Varanasi (Benares) on the banks of the River Ganges. The group will return to Delhi for the conclusion of the program.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a large, bustling city that has grown rapidly in recent years. While Hanoi reflects Vietnam’s long and tumultuous past in the ancient merchant streets of its unique Old Quarter, the colonial facades of the French Quarter, the monuments and houses of Ho Chi Minh and the relics of the struggle for independence and the “American War”, it has also embraced the open economic policies of doi moi that are transforming Vietnam.

Domestic Programs

Students participating in the Washington, D.C. Public Policy program will have the opportunity, through both coursework and an internship placement, to gain insight into how policy is made in the nation's capital.


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