Session 2

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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Cognitive Neuroscience

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 14—26, 2019

This course introduces students to the science of the brain, including areas of perception, attention and memory, with an emphasis on the role of health and behavior. Students will explore psychiatric disorders and research methods among patient-based testing, psychophysical scaling and animal modeling.

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Crime Scene Investigation: D.C.

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 14—26, 2019

In this course, students focus on the fundamentals of investigating elaborate crime scenes and apply state-of-the-art forensic science principles in simulated experiences. Students will be introduced to the critical skills and abilities necessary for future careers such as: investigators, detectives, lawyers, special agents, medico-legal death investigators, crime scene technicians and forensic pathologists.

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Entrepreneurship: Innovation and Creativity

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 14—26, 2019

Being situated in Washington D.C., students are in the heart of the nation’s capital, where the worlds of politics, business, and technology converge and new, innovative ideas are being brought to life. In this course, students will explore topics such as technology innovations, social entrepreneurship and leading the business development process as they formulate an idea and pitch it to prospective investors.

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International Law: Global Strategy & Mediation

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 14—26, 2019

What do killer robots, lethal drones, and acts of global terrorism have in common with disappearing polar regions, space exploration and nuclear war? These issues--and many others of increasing importance--are all governed by, and thus must adhere to, multinational agreements, ratified treaties, and United Nations resolutions. In this course, students will employ an interactive, hands-on methodology to think critically about the various topics, raise questions about how the different structures work and make individual contributions within a cooperative framework.

Introduction to Medicine Students at National Institute of Health

Introduction to Medicine

An "A" with a line marked through it Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

icon of a calendar  July 14 — 26, 2019

The world of medicine is complex and profound. This course will introduce students to the didactic rigors of biology, genetics, physiology and anatomy as well teaching them the applications of these topics in clinical research and global health. The course will feature site visits to places such as the National Institute of Health and the Pan American Health Organization.

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Political Communication

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 14—26, 2019

Washington, D.C. allows students to study the interplay of media, 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 analytical, critical thinking and leadership skills that allow our students access to how to use media and new information technology to create and deliver the right information to the right audience at the right time.

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Public Policy on Capitol Hill

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 14—26, 2019

Public policy is the way in which public issues are addressed through modifying existing laws and regulations or creating new ones altogether. In this course, students will think strategically, creatively and critically about current issues shaping the public debate, and learn to analyze and evaluate policies and programs in pursuit of public interest.

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Software Engineering and Programming

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 14—26, 2019

At the touch of a fingertip, mobile applications provide us with unprecedented access to information and tools that cater to our daily lives. Basic computer programming and coding remain the foundation on which these software applications are built. This course introduces students to programming languages, coding software and the elements of designing functional mobile applications for future smartphones and tablets.