Washington Policy Semester

The Program

The Washington Semester involves intensive examination of the policy making process in the national government, particularly as it relates to economic policy. Topics covered include international as well as domestic economic policy. The program, administered by American University in Washington, D.C., consists of a seminar, an internship in a private or governmental agency, and courses in the curriculum of American University. The program is designed for undergraduates beyond the sophomore year who are interested in policy issues. Program offerings in economics include:

Global Economics and Business

This program offers you a rare and exciting hands-on learning and work experience in the arena of trade, finance, and economic policy - all within the nation's capital. Students are hosted at both private and public institutions where they engage directly with prominent entrepreneurs, policy makers, and scholars at the various entities.

International Environment and Development

The first part of the program explores major issues, such as foreign investment and political risk analysis, while the second part analyzes specific business opportunities in the Middle East, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Pacific Rim. This program is a unique course of study that combines a seminar in Washington, D.C., with an intensive field practicum in Costa Rica (fall) or Ghana (spring). We will learn about key actors in the global community and study specific issues such as education, water and sanitation, biodiversity, social entrepreneurship, and climate change.

Transforming Communities

This is a public policy program that addresses the concept of community, the factors that make a community healthy, and how forces at the local, state, and national level are used to create and strengthen community. The issues of poverty, ethnicity, globalization, and immigration are integral factors to be explored.

The Rules

Applicants must have completed four semesters of residence at Emory before beginning the semester. Upon satisfactory completion of the Washington Semester program, students will receive up to sixteen (16) semester hours of credit. A maximum of eight (8) semester hours of credit earned may be counted toward the major requirements in economics in the form of two 300-level electives. Economics 394, Washington Economic Policy Semester, is an exception to the major requirements rule that all classes must be taken for a letter grade; it must be taken S/U. It is the policy of the College Office that all approved classes taken at other institutions cannot receive a letter grade but will receive credit hours for such course work.

The Procedure

Brochures about the different programs are available in the Undergraduate Program Coordinator's Office, 312D Rich Building, or are available online at http://www.american.edu/spexs/washingtonsemester/. Applications should be completed early in the semester preceding the one in which the student intends to participate in the program. Complete the application form and take it to the Director of Undergraduate Studies for signature. Applicants must request an official transcript from the registrar's office to include with the application. Once accepted into the program, students must preregister at Emory for Economics 394, Washington Economic Policy Semester. Five student maximum per semester.

More detailed program information and an application can be found at American University's Washington Semester web address: http://www.american.edu/spexs/washingtonsemester/.