Q&A: A Political Science Major's Study Abroad Experience in Dublin
December 9, 2015
Political Science major Elgin Ford spent part of his summer in Dublin, Ireland, learning about Irish politics and culture and touring some seriously beautiful countryside. We sat down with Elgin to hear all about his summer term on the Emerald Isle.
Name: Elgin Ford Jr.
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Minor in Economics
Year: Class of 2017
Study Abroad: Dublin, Ireland
Q: Where did you conduct your study abroad? What subjects did you study while you were there?
A: I conducted my study abroad at the Dublin Business School in Dublin, Ireland and parts of the United Kingdom. While abroad I took courses in Irish Literature, Irish Culture and Politics, European Economics, and an Irish film course.
Q: What was your favorite class abroad and why?
A: My favorite courses were Irish Politics and the European Economics and Politics. These two classes complimented each other very well. As a Political Science major with a minor in Economics, I was very excited to learn about these international systems. What was most rewarding was being able to dissect and analyze the relationship between Ireland, other European countries and the United States. We are always taught things from the American perspective, so this was a new way to learn about and experience these areas.
Q: What are some of your favorite memories from study abroad?
A: My favorite memories came from my study tours. Our study tours were the trips we took to different parts of Ireland and the U.K. in which we learned about the historical events that shaped these countries. We also saw the amazing sights at Giants Causeway, Carrick-A-Rede and the Cliffs of Howth. Being on a charter bus for hours with my peers and forging new friendships was more than one could ask for.
Q: How did study abroad enhance your Drexel experience? Would you recommend your study abroad program to other students?
A: I think study abroad reinforced the idea that Drexel provides a host of different avenues for students to get the “full college” experience. I have a greater appreciation for Drexel for enabling me to study the perspective of a foreign political system and compare the Irish system to the American system. I would definitely recommend study abroad to all students, especially those studying Political Science. I would caution that every student should strongly consider the social and political environment within his or her country of interest. Supplementing your classroom studies with international, hands-on experiences is phenomenal.
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