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Courses

Classes and Credits Summary

Students earn a full semester of academic credit while participating in Michigan in Washington.

· Prior to leaving, students participate in a professional development class (2 credits) to learn career-building skills, from landing a job, to collaborating across partisan lines, to pro tips about how to make the most of your time in DC.

· Internships earn 2 credits. Most students work Monday through Thursday, 9-5.

· All students take a core research seminar (4 credits), where students learn to diagnose and analyze a policy problem and communicate that analysis effectively in a range of formats, from analytical reports to oral briefings. This class fulfills the upper-level writing requirement.

· Electives (3 credits each) are taught by faculty from U-M and other universities; typically students have a choice of 5-6 courses.  Students take one or two electives.

· The Washington Experience (1 credit) is a required course featuring prominent local speakers.

Prep Class

Primary focus: internship search; resume/cover letter creation; interview techniques and tips; alumni mentoring; networking; cohort bonding (2 credits).

Research Seminar

  Write and present a formal paper on a topic of interst (4 credits).

Speaker Series

Hear a different professional every week (1 credit). 

One of the required courses in the program is the Monday night speaker series, where students from all schools gather in the large lecture hall to hear Washington professionals talk about their work and offer advice for students.  In addition to people in politics and government, past speakers have included authors, musicians, scientists and high profile individuals from a wide spectrum of professions.  

Winter 2012 Speakers

Fall 2011 Speakers

Internship

  Work at an internship in your area of interest (2 credits).

Electives

UM and other facutly on varied topics each term (3 credits each).

Elective courses are offered by faculty from all of the schools sharing the Washington Center and represent a wide variety of topics and academic areas of interest.  UM students may take electives offered by faculty from other schools.  Electives vary each term depending on the faculty in residence at the UCDC Center. Information regarding elective offerings is provided to students on arrival in DC and instructions for registration are provided in the Prep Class.