AU Washington Semester Program

Whitman students who wish to learn about the U.S. government and national policy or engage in community organizing in the heart of the nation's capital may apply to attend American University's Washington Semester Program. Participants select from the following program tracks: American Politics, Foreign Policy, Global Economics and Business, International Environment & Development, International Law and Organization, Justice and Law, Peace & Conflict Resolution,The Middle East and World Affairs, and Transforming Communities. Students obtain hands-on experience by participating in an internship as well as enrolling in a seminar course, which is often taught on location taking them behind the scenes in D.C. Washington Semester students also will choose to conduct an in-depth research project or enroll in an elective at American University.

Faculty Adviser:

Professor Helen Kim

Fields of study:

Politics, economics, and other related fields


Varies by program track

Semesters Offered:

Fall or Spring Semester (single semester only)


Late August to early December, early January to early May


15-16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Seminar (8 credits)
Internship (4 credits)
Research project or elective course at AU (3 or 4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 AU credit = 1 Whitman credit


Students live in one of three residence halls on AU's Tenley Campus or in shared apartments on Capitol Hill


Students in the residence halls will take their meals at the Tenley Cafe and are automatically enrolled in the 150 meal plan block for the semester.  Students in apartments will prepare or purchase meals themselves.


All students are required to participate in an internship related to their program track and will receive 4 credits for successful completion