Washington Semester

American University Washington Semester
The Washington Semester is broken down into three academic components with an internship placement associated with their track or focus.  Students on the program are placed in internships that focus on various themes, such as international environment and development, transforming communities, women and public policy, and economic policy. Students also take a program core course and complete a research project or take an elective course. Multiple areas of specialization are available; these change from year to year. Check the website for details. (Note that students can only participate in liberal arts program tracks and take liberal arts courses for transfer credit.).  These areas or programs of study have included:

  • American Politics
  • Foreign Policy
  • Justice and Law
  • The Middle East and World Affairs
  • Peace and Conflict


As part of the program, students have assistance from American University in locating internships and have the opportunity to meet key leaders in their fields of interest in Washington D.C. It is sometimes possible for interested students to take one class at American University as part of their semester. Some programs have a study abroad component included for a few weeks of the semester.