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Department of

Political Science and International Relations

Washington Center Academic Seminar

Washington Center


Washington Center students at the Central Intelligence Agency.Washington, DC; January 2009.

The Washington Center Academic Seminar takes place each January in Washington, DC. The Department of Political Science and International Relations offers an intersession course (PS 434) which enables students to earn 3 units of credit for attending this seminar. Over the last fifteen years, hundreds of USD students have taken advantage of this opportunity and have come back to USD with a better appreciation of American politics and history. During the two-week seminar, students hear from a host of politicians, journalists, lobbyists, political consultants and academics who focus on contemporary political issues. In addition, each day of the seminar students visit specific sites in DC where they can learn more about different career opportunities and the political process. To participate in this seminar students must be at least a second semester sophomore in good class standing, complete the Washington Center Academic Seminar Application (see Professor Gary Gray), and enroll in the course after receiving permission from Dr. Mike Williams. Housing is provided free of charge by the Washington Center but students are responsible for any additional travel expenses.

The Department of Political Science and International Relations now offers scholarships for the Washington Center internship program.

To apply, fill out the attached application.



Washington Center students at Congress.Washington, DC; January 2012.



Washington Center students and professors at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration of President Obama.