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Pursue Your Academic Interests

An academic course is an integral part of your Washington Center experience. You’ll be able to choose one from approximately 30 courses typically offered each semester or summer term.


These are serious academic courses that, combined with the internship, can help you earn credit at your home college or university. They have in many cases a direct relationship to the work you’re doing throughout the week, and range from politics, business and economics to international affairs and communications.


The courses, led by highly qualified faculty who are dedicated teachers, meet one night per week. They are grounded in traditional disciplines, yet taught within the context of the wide array of resources available in Washington, D.C.


Sample List of Academic Courses

American Politics and Public Policy

  • Campaigning for a Cause: How Advocacy Groups Change the World
  • Government and Business in the New Economic and Political Reality
  • The American Presidency

Business, Management and Public Administration

  • Global Markets and International Business Strategies
  • From Ideas to Action: The Anatomy of Entrepreneurship


  • Media and the Movies
  • The Mass Media and National Politics: Explaining Washington to the Public

International Affairs and Foreign Policy

  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • International Human Rights
  • How Washington Engages the Arab Middle East

Law and Criminal Justice

  • Philosophy of Law, the Supreme Court and the U.S. Constitutional Tradition
  • White Collar Crime
  • Introduction to Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure


  • Essentials for Aspiring Leaders
  • Nonprofit Leadership and Management Research
  • Research and Writing Seminar

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

  • Issues in Science Policy
  • Forensic Psychology

Washington, D.C.-based Courses

  • Scandalous Washington: Uncovering D.C. History
  • Black Broadway and Beyond: The African-American Experience in Washington, D.C.

Program-Specific Courses

Participants in the Postgraduate Professional Development Program may choose a course specifically designed for them, or one from our general offerings.


Additional Details

A course guide (including descriptions and faculty biographies) for your specific term in Washington will be made available approximately 4 to 6 weeks prior to your arrival. You’ll have an opportunity to select your top five course options and be placed into one (in most cases your first or second choice). Add/drop requests are then accepted via email.


Additional Resources

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