Politics impacts everything so why not learn how?
An essential component of the Washington Program (POSC450) is its course content. Public policy is the focus of attention and students can expect to learn how federal policy influences current events and their future careers.
The class is worth 4 credits. Students are also required to take an additional 4-8 credits of internship hours depending on their internships, for a total of 8-12 credits for the Program.
A Week of Learning and Preparation
Before beginning their internship, in May, students will spend an intensive week at St. Mary’s. They will learn about the primary actors in Washington, the policymaking process, and how to get the most out of their internship.
A Week of Reflection and Application: After completing their internship, in August, students will meet in Washington for another intensive week. This post-internship week allows students to reflect on their Washington experiences broadly. Additionally, students will examine their internship experience through the lens of their academic research.