Kidder Gains Understanding of International Relations

Casey Kidder, a criminal justice major at Potomac State College of West Virginia University (WVU) enrolled in a class this summer that really had him going places – Montreal, Ontario and Quebec to name a few. 

Kidder embarked on a 10-day trip that had participants traveling throughout Canada while learning about their political and cultural identity, as well as the history of Canada. 

The course was offered conjointly as a state-wide university-level international experience by WVU in collaboration with the Université de Laval in Quebec City, Canada. 

Kidder, along with other students, attended daily lectures in the morning which were presented by Laval Université professors. Students were then taken on excursions in the afternoons, enhancing their understanding of the morning’s lesson. 

“The afternoon activities were a great learning experience. Visiting Parliament and the treasure hunt in Old City Quebec, Niagara Falls in Ontario, and the music and arts of Montreal all gave me a better understanding of Canada and the people who live there,” said Kidder. 

The objective of this course is for students to experience a culturally rich international location while gaining a deeper understanding of the border relations and trade between the United States and Canada, as well as develop an appreciation of key issues in Canada.

Kidder is in his third year of earning a bachelor of applied science degree with an emphasis in criminal justice. In addition to serving as a member of the Criminal Justice Club, Kidder is a member of the Honors Program, the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society, and previously served as vice president of the Campus and Community Ministries Club (CCM), with whom he now serves as the public relations contact. He was also crowned as the 19th Homecoming King at the College last fall. 

“I highly recommend that all students take the time to study abroad, even if it’s only for a couple of weeks because it’s a great opportunity to learn about new cultures,” stated Kidder.

Additionally, Kidder frequently volunteers in the community and has participated in several spring break trips with Habitat for Humanity through the CCM Club. 

A graduate of Petersburg High School in Petersburg, W.Va., Kidder currently resides in Keyser. 

When asked to sum up his trip, Kidder stated, “It was one of the best experiences of my life. It opened my eyes to other cultures, so much so that I may also study international law with the hopes of one day working in that field!”


Casey Kidder (center), a criminal justice major at Potomac State College of West Virginia
University  is pictured with Academic Affairs Officer Jessie Malone (left) and Director of
Communications Jean-Benoit Ratté, both of whom work with Relations Internationales et
Francophone Québec whose mission is to promote and defend Quebec’s interest