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- Asian Studies
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- Environmental Studies
- Ethnic Studies
- Exploration and Discovery
- French Studies
- Gender Studies
- German Studies
- Health Professions
- Hispanic Studies
- International Affairs
- Latin American Studies
- Mathematics/Computer Science
- Political Economy
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
- Rhetoric and Media Studies (formerly Communication)
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Semester in DC
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.
Program Focus: Political Science
Credits: 4 courses per semester/16 credits
Prerequisites: Minimum of 2.75 GPA highly recommended, or permission of instructor
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.
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.
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