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Two-week Programs

Summer Immersion is a full-day, rigorous noncredit program for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. Participants enroll in programs that integrate lectures with experiential and applied activities. Students expand and deepen their knowledge of a topic through collaborative learning and an exploration of the diverse intellectual and cultural resources of Washington, D.C.

For more information on campus life, commuter options, a sample schedule and resources available to students, see the Student Resources & Activities page.

All course offerings are subject to change or cancellation.

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Biomedical Engineering

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The combination of engineering and medicine has profoundly changed the quality of life of our society. In this course, students will investigate topics such as electrophysiology, medical imaging, therapeutic ultrasound, computer-aided diagnosis, biomedical sensor technology, and nanotechnology, in order to conceptualize the future of biomedical advancements.

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In the age of technology, the question stands: how secure are our systems? In this course, students will tackle that question through a highly technical curriculum to learn the ins and outs of cyber challenges. Students will be able to dapple research and scrutinze current techniques and tools relating to cybersecurity.

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International Law: Governance & Mediation


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How do space militarization, nuclear weapons, and climate change impact an international phenomenon such as terrorism? These issues and many others are all governed by international laws, ratified treaties, and United Nations resolutions. In this course, students will learn the principles of global governance and mediation, discover how the many different subfields of international law fit into the discipline of international affairs, think critically about the various topics, and make individual contributions within a cooperative approach.

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Introduction to Business


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Washington, D.C. is a nexus for the world’s political and economic powers. In this course, students will investigate management disciplines such as corporate leadership, finance, innovation and sustainability within a variety of business contexts. Through guest lectures, students will engage with major business entitites such the World Bank, the IMF, and smaller organizations like Union Kitchen to understand consumer behavior and strategic organizational processes.

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Political Communication


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In the nation's capital what effect does media play in public affairs and politics? In this course, students will critically investigate and explore the role media plays in civic and political life. They will also focus on understanding communication, news production, media law, history and ethics through critical thinking and leadership skills. This course explores how to use media and new information technology to create and deliver the right information to the right audience at the right time.