Interested in the intersection of the gospel and contemporary American culture? Want to make a city your classroom?
The American Studies Program in Washington D.C. provides an integrative, faith-based perspective on issues of public policy and global development. It connects participants to the institutions and leaders which have such an impact upon live in the States and around the globe. Students engage in what it means to be in community and to be a leader as well as interacting in on-site visits with expert scholars and policy makers. Internships, professional mentorship and service opportunities offer the chance for students to further define their vocation.
Public Policy Track
Applied Politics & Public Policy Seminar (3 cr)
Public Policy Research Project (3 cr)
Strategic Communication Track
Case Studies in Strategic Communication (3 cr)
Advocacy, Fundraising, & Development (3 cr)
Global Development Track
Entrepreneurship & Global Development Research Seminar (3 cr)
Global Development Partnership Project (3 cr)
Please note this domestic program does not fulfill Global Understanding Core.
The ASP is interdisciplinary and encourages students of various majors to apply. To gain eligibility you must:
You will earn 15-16 credits for the program, split equally between an internship and a series of 3 seminars depending upon the track you select. (See tracks above under VISION.)
Internship (20-30 hrs/wk) (6 cr)
Topics in Leadership & Vocation (3 cr)
Professional Mentorship (optional) (1cr)
The internship areas include:
The cost is generally equal to a semester at Gordon and includes:
Additional anticipated expenses:
**Please note that board is NOT included by BestSemester and you will not be billed for board by Gordon.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES
All Gordon students applying to a BestSemester program must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with a staff member in the Global Education Office.
Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by March 15.You will be notified within 5 days of the decision on your seat application.
After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the BestSemester application. BestSemester has a rolling admission policy. Fall applications are accepted until June 1 (or spots are filled).
Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by September 15. (N.B. This date is earlier than the normal Spring deadline!) You will be notified within 5 days of the decision on your seat application.
After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the BestSemester application. Best Semester has a rolling admission policy. Spring applications are accepted until October 1 (or spots are filled)
This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.
Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.