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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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Global Epidemics & Public Health


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This course will tackle how infectious diseases, like COVID-19, SARS or HIV/AIDS, affect populations and communities, allowing students to understand the social and medical determinants of health, epidemiological research, and monitor population health status in the academic, governmental, private sector and community health settings. Students will delve into topics of health services while critically analyzing applications through historical and modern lenses in public health nationally and internationally.

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National Security: The U.S. Intelligence Community & Counterterrorism


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Washington, D.C. is the hub of U.S. national security. This course introduces students to the relationship between national security and policymaking. Through guest lecturers, students will visit the country's top intelligence organizations and learn about the complexities of the U.S. national security agenda from perspectives of the legislative, executive and judicial branches. Students will further study the impact of national security practices by organizations such as the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Public Policy on Capitol Hill


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Public policy is the way in which public issues are addressed by 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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Social Justice & Activism


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Washington, D.C. is the heart of the legislative processes and social movements that influence structural, cultural and ideological change. This course introduces students to questions, opportunities, and roadblocks faced by civic and global leaders while aiming to expand their leadership capacity teaching them to translate their values and ideas into action. Students explore topics such as grassroots organization activism by looking at how activism has shaped social change.