Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies

Semester in Washington

Semester in Washington

Politics and Public Policy - Fall/Spring

As part of Georgetown's Semester in Washington Program, students studying Politics and Public Policy gain insider access to the seat of democracy and witness the inner-workings of American government. The Semester in Washington Program in American Politics and Public Affairs draws on the strengths of the nation's capital and Georgetown University to create an unparalleled learning experience.

The program enables students to examine first-hand the complex issues facing today's political decision makers, along with the forces that drive policy in Washington. Guest speakers who are leaders in their fields teach students about political parties, public opinion, and current issues in the national debate.

Over the course of the fall and spring semesters, students closely examine political campaigns, current legislative priorities, and emerging political issues. Semester in Washington students also take to the Hill, meeting with key legislative staff, policy makers, federal agents, White House personnel, and elected officials. Conversations with powerful interest groups, lobbyists, and policy experts complete the picture.

Seminars led by Georgetown faculty and small-group discussions provide in-depth insight into the nature of politics. Internships allow students to put knowledge to action and gain valuable hands-on experience with a leading Washington employer. In the accompanying internship class, students mix theory with practice, reach beyond the work at their selected organizations, and reflect on the ethical and leadership implications of their internships and the role that their work can have on larger society.

Fall/Spring Semester Structure

  • Academic seminar Mondays and Fridays, 9 credits
  • Internship Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, plus accompanying internship class, 3 credits
  • Research seminar, 3 credits

In total, students will earn 15 credits in the Fall or Spring Semester in Washington Program. The Fall and Spring program is for full-time students only.

Fall/Spring Semester Estimated Costs

(Scholarship assistance available)

  • Tuition: SWP is a full-time program; tuition for 2013-2014 is $22,140 per semester.
  • Books: $350.00 estimated
  • Housing is not guaranteed and is available on first come first served basis

To apply on-line, click here. To submit a print application packet, click here.

To view our Frequently Asked Questions page, click here.

For more information on the internship component of the program, please click here.

Political:

Politics and Public Policy: Academic Seminar
Politics and Public Policy: Internship/Internship Class
Politics and Public Policy: Research Seminar

Courses:

American Politics and Public Affairs: Academic Seminar
American Politics and Public Affairs: Internship/Internship Class
American Politics and Public Affairs: Research Seminar
American Politics: Academic Seminar
American Politics: Internship/Internship Class
American Politics: Research Seminar

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