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What makes people happy? Does government play a role in the happiness of its people? These are interesting questions that Allison Pingley, assistant professor of political science, will examine with a group of students next summer in her Culture and Politics in Europe class as they take a Baltic cruise.

With the theme of “Happiness in Politics,” the study abroad program will visit London, England; Copenhagen, Denmark; Warnemuende (Berlin), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden from June 8-22, 2013.  The group will explore these diverse Northern European countries to see what makes people happy, and will examine various cultures and compare/contrast with America and its people. Students can earn three hours of upper-level political science credit by going on the trip.  Even though there is a political slant, the trip is open to and would be of interest to all majors.

The cost of the trip is $3,600 ($3,450 if paid in full by Feb. 1) and includes roundtrip airfare, a nine-day Baltic cruise (including all meals), four nights in a hotel (three nights in London, one night in Copenhagen), and ground transportation in Europe.  Financial aid can be used for the trip, and there are scholarship opportunities available.

Professor Pingley is planning to take no more than ten students, so please email her (apingley@uscupstate.edu) with any questions or for additional information. This Baltic Cruise Flyer has more information.

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