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Off-Campus Study for Politics Majors

Off-campus study is a central part of an Earlham education. We encourage you to become one of the many Earlham students who take advantage of these challenging and enriching educational experiences. More than 65 percent of Earlham graduates participate in a semester or year-long program during their Earlham career. Additional students sign-up for three-week classes during May Term. For Politics majors, the opportunity to study abroad is a critical component in developing a comprehensive world view. Large numbers of our students participate in programs that have specific politics classes or internship opportunities. Upon returning from off-campus study our students suggest it was one of the most important aspects of their undergraduate education. For a large number of Politics majors, the power of the experience is so significant that they choose to pursue either jobs or graduate study abroad after graduation. Our faculty have each led off-campus programs and are currently engaged in offering several May Term courses. We also work with our advisees to select the off-campus program that is the best fit given their specific interests.

IMG_2036 Led by Associate Professor of Politics Thor Hogan, this yearly course provides students with an experiential education opportunity, focused on visiting four European cities that are leaders in finding urban-oriented solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Students visit Copenhagen (a leader in clean transportation and energy efficiency), Freiburg (a leader in sustainable urban growth), Paris (a leader in horizontal density), and London (a leader in vertical density). Once on the continent, the class travels exclusively by train – using this as a chance to talk extensively about the differences between American and European transportation infrastructures. Before departing students participate in a local field experience, visiting Cincinnati to explore similar urban issues.



This 2012 May Term provided Earlham students with the unique opportunity to study political and cultural institutions in Benin, a West African country that is rarely a destination for off-campus programs. Benin is a fledgling democracy that made a successful transition from dictatorship in the early 1990s, after a dictator voluntarily left office and cleared the way for an election. Associate Professor of Politics Jennifer Seely co-led the off-campus program and was able to leverage her field research and scholarly work in this area (she is the author of "The Legacies of Transition Governments in Africa: The Cases of Benin and Togo," which compares several West African countries’ attempted transitions to democracy).This immersive course provided students with a chance to engage in hands-on research projects ranging from street children to child labor to women’s rights.




Benin May Term

N. Ireland Program

Northern Ireland:

The goal of this program is to increase students' understanding of the complexities of the conflict and the peace process in Northern Ireland and to use the knowledge gained to analyse and to increase understanding of the conflict in their own and other societies.

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This program has a long history at Earlham. The first program took place in 1961 and the program has run continually since that time. Earlham partners with the Foundation for International Education (FIE) in London and students take classes with an Earlham faculty member as well as with specialists at FIE. Politics majors have had great success obtaining political internships as part of this off-campus program.

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 Border Studies

 Border Studies:

This program facilitates the examination of issues related to migration, human rights, globalization, food systems, and the environment. Peers, scholars, farmers, indigenous, state authorities, migrants and activists in both Mexico and the U.S. contribute to the learning process. This integrated experience challenges students to be more thoughtful and intentional about their participation in creating a just and sustainable world.

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