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. 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, Sociology Department

Fields of study:

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, Transforming Communities, and Public Health.


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


Most Washington Semester Program students live in the Berkshire Apartments ("The Berks") or WISH Woodley Park Apartments.


Students in apartments 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

Program Link:

AU Washington Semester Program