Independent Learning

Independent learning lets students take responsibility for their education and develop initiative and independence by enhancing their confidence in their own abilities. 


Politics & International Relations majors often engage in original research, with faculty members serving as mentors for student-initiated research projects. Research


Politics and International Relations majors may undertake an off-campus internship for credit, either during the school year or over the summer. Internships

Off-Campus Study

Students also gain practical experience through a variety of off-campus study programs including study abroad, The Washington Internship Institute and more.  Students may choose to study abroad for up to a year and often complete an internship as part of their study abroad experience. Through a partnership with the Washington Internship Institute, students may spend a semester in Washington DC, taking classes in politics and policy or international and foreign policy studies and gaining professional experience through a related internship. Students can spend a semester or a summer in New York City, taking classes and gaining hands-on internship experience with the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program. The Capital Semester in Harrisburg offers firsthand.Off-Campus Study