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DC Spring Break Trip


Study Government and Politics in Washington, DC
POLS 497:P003—Small-Group Study in Political Science
February 24, March 12 - 16, 2017

Students and faculty will travel to the nation’s capital for an intensive five-day, four-night, hands-on seminar in government and politics. We will tour and meet officials at the White House, Congress and Supreme Court as well as network with DC-area alumni. The travel portion will take place during spring break. Funding from the James and Martha Lamb American Government Experience Fund is being provided to help offset the costs of this program.


  • Scot Schraufnagel, Ph.D., chair, NIU Department of Political Science
  • Matt Streb, Ph.D., professor, NIU Department of Political Science

Program Fee

  • $625 (Excludes tuition and fees)
  • Fee includes accommodation, dinners at Ebbitt Grill, Plan B and Clyde's, two lunches, a DC alumni reception and a pre-paid Metro Card for transportation in DC.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from DC.

  • A non-refundable deposit of $250 is due by January 27, 2017, with the balance due by February 17, 2017.
  • In order to receive a one (1) credit hour grade, students must enroll in POLS 497:P003, spring 2017, through MyNIU, as well as submit a complete registration packet and deposit to the Department of Political Science.
  • Students who wish to take part in the course for no credit may also do so and should not enroll through MyNIU, but submit a complete registration packet and deposit to the Department of Political Science.

Learn more about the trip, including the course requirements and timeline (PDF). 

Registration Packet:

Registration Request Form (PDF)
Health Form (PDF)
Assumption of Risks and Liability Release Agreement (PDF)

Registration Packet to be turned in to April Davis- Zulauf 415 by January 27, 2017.

Contact Us

Department of Political Science
Zulauf Hall 415
Phone: 815-753-1011
Fax: 815-753-6302

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