NBC News Political Director & White House Correspondent Chuck Todd guest lectures
NBC News Political Director & White House Correspondent Chuck Todd guest lectures

SIWP offers two core courses as well as elective options, and our students have the opportunity to take on additional coursework through other GW departments.

Once admitted to the program, students work with SIWP staff to enroll in courses appropriate for their individual academic goals. All Semester in Washington Politics students are required to enroll in the two core courses of the program.


Core Courses

The following two core courses are required and may be taken for either undergraduate or graduate credit.

PMGT 4101: Electoral & Legislative Processes

"Elections and Congress" is intended as an introduction to the United States Congress.  It will explore several themes including how Congress has evolved over time, both in its internal institutional organization as well as in its relationship to the other branches of the federal government; how individual members of Congress operate within this changing institutional landscape; and the "macro-trends" concerning polarization that have emerged over the past several decades.

PMGT 4192: Tutorial in American Politics and Elections

"Nation to Nation: Native Politics from Courtrooms to Communities" provides an overview of the historic and current intergovernmental relationships between Indigenous people and the United States government and explores how federal Indian policy is formed.  Students work in small groups to develop strategic plans for organizing around key issues that affect Native American communities.


Elective Courses

Semester in Washington Politics periodically offers elective courses to supplement students' required coursework. Students may also enroll in other GW courses by individually working with the Office of Non-Degree Students.

PMGT 4187: Internship Seminar

The internship seminar gives students the option to earn academic credit for faculty supervised research, reading, and reflection centering on the professional internship. This course can be tailored to the needs of the individual student.

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