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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Washington D.C.





Late August to early December


Every other academic year (even years)

Program Focus:

General Culture with a U.S. Politics & History emphasis and internship experience.


Minimum of 2.75 GPA is highly recommended. Junior or senior standing preferred.                                                    
Fall 2016 Program Leader:

Ian McDonald
Professor of Political Science


Program Design: 

The program is an inter-disciplinary and in-depth study of a broad range of academic subjects examined within a political context. 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 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.

Requirements Fulfilled:
Creative Arts

4 courses per semester/16 credits


Political Science 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.

Political Science 244: Practicum: 

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

Art 204: History of American Art:                                                                          

American art and architecture from the colonial period to present.

Political Science 309: American Political Thought:

The evolution of political ideas from the pre-revolutionary 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.


*Participation on the Washington D.C. program does not fulfill the International Studies general education requirement.* 


Program Design



Washington, DC

38.889812; -77.005929