Campaign Semester

Two Oxy students working as part of Campaign Semester

Every two years, Occidental students venture to the trenches of political campaigns, learning hands-on and earning full academic credit as participants in Campaign Semester—the only program of its kind in the nation.

The program is open to all students, regardless of major, and no previous campaign experience is required. Students volunteer full-time in a key presidential, Senate, House or gubernatorial campaign of their choice for the first 10 weeks of the fall semester, then return to campus for the academic and reflective components. Students participate in the areas of voter registration, voter turnout, volunteer coordination, media relations and many other aspects of a typical campaign.

Launched in 2008, Campaign Semester is offered every other year during the fall semester. Participants remain fully enrolled at Oxy and earn a full semester of college credit (16 units). After Election Day, students return to campus and participate in a five-week seminar that involves readings, discussion and writing to explore broader context. Professors Peter Dreier and Regina Freer will conduct the seminar and supervise the independent study projects.