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The program is an inter-disciplinary and in-depth study of a broad range of academic subjects examined within a political context. The learning takes place in the classroom but more importantly, in the rich historical, artistic, cultural and political environment of the nation’s capital.  Students focus on:

•  The American political process—what are the national political structures and methods, how do they function, and how do numerous stakeholders interact within those structures?

•  The role of the media in various forms of political activity with a focus on political campaigning—differences between “old” and “new” media and how do the media affect political outcomes, political forces, and the way we view political life?

•  The history of American art and architecture.

•  Student selected internships in organizations relevant to the student’s academic major and/or desired career.

Students participate in intensive group interviews with Washington politicians, lobbyists, and other professionals. The group is housed in hotel or apartment accommodations.

Semester: Fall
Program Focus:
Political Science
 4 courses per semester/16 credits
 Minimum of 2.75 GPA highly recommended, or permission of instructor

Recommended Courses:

POLS 103: U.S. Government National Politics


POLS 353: The National Policy Process
Theoretical foundations of national government and analysis of its congressional, presidential, administrative, and judicial structures.  Specific public policies examined to understand the interaction of interest groups, political parties, research institutes, media, and public opinion with these structures.

POLS 244: Practicum  
Students will be placed with congressional offices, executive agencies, interest groups, think tanks, etc.

ART 304: History of American Art  
American art and architecture from the colonial period to present.

POLS 309:  American Political Thought:  
The evolution of political ideas from the prerevolutionary era through the founding period, Civil War, early 20th century, and New Deal, up to present divisions between “liberals,” “conservatives,” and other contemporary political orientations. Readings include Locke, Montesquieu, Madison, Jefferson, de Tocqueville, Lincoln, Keynes, Hayek, Harrington, and others.

Campus Coordinator Contact:

Blythe Knott
ext. 7296

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