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Washington Semester

Campus advisor: Dr. Paul Herron

The Washington Semester program is a distinct division of American University with its own separate campus, faculty, and curriculum. There are seven programs offered by the Washington Semester program from which to choose: American Politics; Global Economics and Business; Foreign Policy; Sustainable Development; International Law and Organizations; Journalism & New Media; Justice and Law.

The Washington Semester Program offered by American University is available on a competitive basis to four Providence College juniors or first semester seniors each academic year. PC juniors may attend the program for either the fall or spring semesters. Seniors are restricted to the fall semester. A Providence College faculty committee selects the participants from PC. PC students do NOT apply directly to American University. The deadline for submission of application materials for either the Fall or Spring semesters is generally February 1 of the academic year prior to the intended semester of study. Students accepted to the Washington Semester Program are required to enroll in an independent research course within their chosen concentration in addition to the internship and seminar courses.

Those wishing to apply need to submit the following material to the PC campus advisor:

  • A cover letter addressed to the PC campus advisor expressing interest in and preparation for the program. Applicants should indicate the preferred concentration, how the selected concentration contributes to your academic and career goals, along with any other information they believe assists the committee in their review and decisions.
  • Since students are required to take the independent research seminar, the committee requires that applicants develop a proposal for research within the concentration to which they apply.  The proposal will be used by the selection committee to assess the extent to which applicants understand the basic process of conducting academic research within their majors.   Proposals must include selection of a research topic, a brief review of the established knowledge on it, include a bibliography of scholarly references, and explicitly state the proposed research questions and how the question will be studied.
  • A current Providence College transcript. (Students must have at least 2.5 GPA to apply).
  • A completed “Projected Studies Plan” form available from the Dean’s Office.  The completed form must be approved and signed by the Chair of your major department, the Chair of your minor department (if applicable), and a Dean.

In addition, applicants may be required to attend an interview session with the committee that chooses the participants.

Students should talk with the financial aid office at Providence College about portability of aid and with the office of Residence Life at Providence College about single semester on-campus living arrangements.

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