Maymesters take college education beyond

Presbyterian College students quickly discover that a college education extends well beyond the classroom. They learn from new experiences. New encounters. New people. But one of the most exciting and innovative educational opportunities for PC students takes them beyond campus and, in many cases, worldwide. Read about past Maymester trips here.


Ancient Greece: This course will cover the developments in Modern Greece from the Greek War for Independence (1821-1830), the Balkan Wars in 1912/13 and the National Schism, to the present. Particular attention paid to the role of Greece in the two world wars, the causes and consequences of the Civil War and the Dictatorship of 1967-1974 and the nature of the restored democracy after the fall of the junta.

Civil Rights in America: This 3-credit course will examine the key events and figures in the U.S. Civil Rights movement, emphasizing the historical role that religious faith, the church, and news media played in the struggle for civil rights as well as the violence used to reinforce the cultural orthodoxy of the American South that contextualized the movement. The course will also examine the political strategies employed by – and the policy accomplishments obtained by – the civil rights movement as well as the legacy of the civil rights movement in the context of the contemporary political atmosphere in relation to equality and social justice for African Americans. 

Darwin and the Galapagos: This course will look at the impact the Galapagos Islands had on the development of evolutionary theory as proposed by Charles Darwin in his landmark 1859 book “On the Origin of Species”. We will trace the history of evolutionary thought before Darwin, will continue through Darwin’s “Voyage of the Beagle”, and will continue through the importance of the flora and fauna on these isolated volcanic islands with respect to the formulation of Darwin’s ideas on evolution, including natural selection.

IDRAC Summer Program: Most exchange students at IDRAC take junior-level courses, all of which are taught in English. Students will also take French language courses in order to improve their French for out-of-class purposes.