Study Away

Current Study Away Offerings

Each summer GJS offers a series of 3 credit Study Away courses between the end of the Spring Semester and the start of Summer Semester 1. Study away course locations include Washington D.C., Raleigh, Seattle, New Orleans, Atlanta, and various international cities. The blocks below show our Summer 2020 study-away course offerings.

The department also works closely with OIED to support semester-long experiences at one of our many partner Universities abroad.  These courses provide a great opportunity to travel and engage with GJS alums and professionals in your field of study.

Washington at Work: Washington and the World

PS 3530/5530: Washington at Work: Washington and the World (Summer Session 1)

Contacts: Dr.  Scherlen ( or Dr. Curtis Ryan (

Application Form:

Application Deadline: February 10, 2020

In-Class Dates: May 11-15, 2020 (Boone)

Travel Dates : May 17- 23, 220 (Washington, DC)

Course Summary: Combining academic analysis with a hands-on exploration of Washington, DC, this 3 credit course focuses on the role of international actors in D.C. as well as the international role that various US political and academic actors play in the world.  We will meet with a variety of foreign embassies, US officials, and organizations that focus on international relations. Potential meetings include the Jordanian Embassy, the Kuwaiti Embassy, the Cuban Embassy, the Mexican Embassy, the Turkish Cultural Center, the Middle East Institute, the Project on Middle East Democracy the Wilson Center, the Peace Institute, the Organization of American States, the World Bank, the IMF, and the US Department of State.

Estimated Cost:$660+ summer tuition

Law & Order: Chicago

PS/CJ 3535: Law & Order: Chicago (Summer Session 1)

Contact: Dr. Marcum ( or Dr. Key (

Application Deadline: January 17, 2020

Application Form:

Travel Dates: May 17-23, 2020

Course Summary: This 3 credit course will involve one week in the classroom and one exciting week of travel in Chicago!  We already have scheduled events with the Cook County Public Defender, drug and mental health courts, and human trafficking resource agencies, as well as finalizing plans with a law school and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.  There will also be time for student-led exploration of the city.

Cost: $1400 + Summer Tuition (includes airfare, transportation, lodging, activities, and breakfast every day)

  • $300 Non-Refundable Deposit Due by January 31, 2020
  • $550 Payment Due by February 28, 2020
  • $550 Payment Due by March 31, 2020

Intelligence and Security in DC

CJ 3536: Intelligence and Security in DC ( Summer Session 1)

Faculty Contact: Dr. Jeff Holcomb (

Application Form: 

In-Class Dates: May 11-15th, 2020

Travel Dates D.C. : May 17-May 23rd, 2020

Course Summary: Are you Interested in intelligence, national and international security, and/or transnational crime? Come to DC where we plan to meet with organizations such as: Defense Intelligence Agency, FBI, Interpol, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, & the CIA and other organizations involved in international law, human rights, and anti-human trafficking efforts

Estimated Cost: $700 + summer tuition

North Carolina in Action

PS 3545 North Carolina in Action (Summer Session 1)

Faculty Contacts: Dr. Adam Newmark (

Application Form: 

Application Deadline: 

Travel Dates: 

  • May 11-14 Boone
  • May 17- 19 Raleigh, NC
  • May 20th in Charlotte, NC
  • May 21-22 in Boone and Watauga County

Course Summary: This 3 credit, undergraduate and graduate course provides an academic and practical examination of politics and administration in North Carolina. Students will meet with elected officials and decision-makers at the state and local level with meetings in Raleigh, Charlotte and several local government agencies, interest groups, and non-profits within the state.

Estimated Cost: $350.00 + summer tuition