Top 10 Things To Do for VCU POLI Students


1. Earn course credit while traveling!

students pose with locals in Africa study abroad programPolitical Science students at VCU have a wide range of opportunities to study outside of the normal classroom setting, in various places around the country and globe!

While many students take a more “traditional” approach to , by studying for an entire semester at another university, the Department of Political Science is also excited to offer new courses taught by our very own faculty that take students far from Richmond and thrust them into new environments during summer semester and winter intercession!

Recent courses include:

International travel to visit Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania for African Government & Politics (POLI 356) and a special topics course (POLI 391). On this trip students visited Kenya’s Parliament, the East Africa Community headquarters, the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda, areas of Kenya affected by post-election violence, and genocide memorial sites in Rwanda. Outside of the academic settings, students also had a chance to meet with locals, do an excursion and visit Lake Kivu, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the Indian Ocean.

VCU students with Marco RubioDomestic travel to visit New Hampshire during the “First in the Nation Primary” for Political Campaigns & Communications (POLI 305). On this trip students spent 10 days following candidates along the campaign trail, snapping selfies with candidates and asking them questions. Students also met with high-ranking state party leaders, New Hampshire’s Secretary of State, the executive editor of the Union Leader newspaper and campaign workers from both sides of the aisle.

Ask your political science advisor about POLI’s upcoming course trips! And visit the VCU Global Education Office for more information about VCU’s study abroad programming.

2. Present research at a conference
3. Earn course credit and real world experience through an internship
4. Get involved with The Ramerican Political Science Review
5. Join Pi Sigma Alpha
6. Get connected with RVA through a service learning course
7. Join (or create!) a student organization
8. Attend a POLI event
9. Apply for scholarships and awards
10. Prep for grad school
BONUS: Visit the Department of Political Science’s advising shop