Washington Semester Program

Washington Semester

This could be the most influential semester of your life. The Washington Semester Program is anything but a typical college experience. It's an active and engaging immersion into the subject area of your choice, leveraging the exceptional resources of American University and Washington, D.C.

Sara Klock, Layvon Washington, Daniel Browne and Joseph Snyder in Washington, DC
Sara Klock, Layvon Washington, Daniel Browne and Joseph Snyder in Washington, DC

The Washington Semester Program is offered by Siena College in a cooperative arrangement with American University. The Program includes special seminars conducted by prominent Washington decision-makers, a research tutorial consisting of working with a mentor to produce a research paper or alternatively (depending on the specific track) a regular course offered by American University, and an internship experience, which could include an assignment to a congressional committee or office, an executive branch agency, an interest group association, a think tank, a private company or firm or to a media group. In addition, students have the option of enrolling in one of three faculty-led travel courses to the Silicon Valley, Western Europe, or the Middle East." Area tracks include programs in:

  • American Politics
  • Foreign Policy
  • Global Economics & Business
  • International Law & Organizations
  • Journalism & New Media
  • Justice & Law
  • Religion, Politics, Peace, & Security
  • Public Health
  • Sustainable Development

"I would tell anyone thinking about spending a semester in Washington to do it, without hesitation. The experiences I had were unparalleled to anything I’ve ever experienced. I witnessed a Presidential Inauguration, I walked through a death chamber, I had a professor who sits as a D.C. Superior Judge (which means she was nominated by President Obama) has her PhD and her JD, I saw where the opening scene of the “Silence of the Lambs” was filmed, I stood at the cusp of the West Wing, I went to the Pentagon, and I witnessed an Oral Argument in the Supreme Court of the United States. My semester in Washington D.C. was hands down the best semester I’ve ever had, and the best time I have ever had."

-Sarah Klock, Class of 2014

American University Washington Semester Brochure
American University Washington Semester Brochure

For more information on the Washington Semester, please contact:

Jack Collens, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
321 Siena Hall
(518) 782‑6603
jcollens@siena.edu
 

Department Chair

Daniel Lewis

Daniel Lewis

Associate Professor of Political Science

321 Siena Hall

(518) 783‑2325