Semester in Washington, D.C. Program

Religion and Political Culture - Fall/Spring

As part of Georgetown's Semester in Washington Program, students have a unique opportunity to study Religion and Political Culture in one of the most culturally and politically vibrant cities in the world. Exploring all angles of this complex interplay, students learn directly from today's religious, political, and academic leaders.

The program draws upon the strengths and resources of Georgetown University and the nation's capital to create an unparalleled learning experience. Rooted in the Jesuit tradition, Georgetown's Semester in Washington Program in Religion and Political Culture examines the complexities underlying public policy in a rich educational environment. Theory comes to life for students as they engage with key legislative staff, policy makers, and elected officials, as well as leaders of powerful religious interest groups, lobbyists, and policy experts.

Over the course of the fall/spring semesters, students closely examine religion's influence on policy-making, past and present, including religion's impact on voting behavior, the pro-life pro-choice debate, gay marriage, and other timely debates. Seminars led by Georgetown faculty and small-group discussions provide in-depth insight into the influential role of religion in American 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 earn between 15 credits in the Fall or Spring Semester in Washington Program. The fall/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 2014-2015 is $23,100.00 per semester.
  • Books: $350.00 estimated
  • Housing is not guaranteed and is available on a 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.


American Politics and Religion: Academic Seminar
American Politics and Religion: Internship/Internship Class
American Politics and Religion: Research Seminar
Religion and Politics: Academic Seminar
Religion and Politics: Internship/Internship Class
Religion and Politics: Research Seminar

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