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American Studies Program


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 on life in the United States and around the globe. Students engage in what it means to be in community and to be a leader, and interact in on-site visits with expert scholars and policymakers. Internships, professional mentorship and service opportunities offer the chance for students to further define their vocation. 


Public Policy Track
Public Policy Analysis Field Seminar, 3 credits
Advocacy and Diplomacy Field Seminar, 3 credits
Strategic Communication Track
Case Studies in Strategic Communication, 3 credits
Advocacy, Fundraising, & Development, 3 credits

Please note that 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:

  • Have at least sophomore standing at time of application
  • Maintain a minimum G.P.A. of 2.75
  • Possess a strong commitment to academics and Christianity


You will earn 15-16 credits for the program. Credits are split equally between an internship and a series of three seminars, depending upon the track you select. 

Practicum Courses:

Internship (20-30 hrs/wk) (6 cr)
Topics in Leadership & Vocation (3 cr)
Professional Mentorship (optional) (1cr)

The internships can be found in:

  • The Executive Branch and Embassies
  • Legislative Branch
  • Judicial Branch, Criminal Justice, and Law Offices
  • Research Organizations and Think Tanks
  • Relief, Development, and Social Work
  • Advocacy and Educational Groups
  • Business, Communication, and the Arts


The cost is generally equal to a semester at Gordon and includes:

  • Tuition for 15-16 hours of credit
  • Room
  • Laundry facilities (detergent at own expense)
  • Community meals (approx. one each week)
  • Occasional outings

Additional anticipated expenses:

  • Travel to and from Washington, DC
  • Board** (approx. $80 per week)
  • Security deposit (refundable; collected upon arrival)
  • Textbooks
  • Local transportation (varies based on internship location)
  • Personal medical expenses, if incurred
  • Personal discretionary expenses

**Please note that board is NOT included by BestSemester and you will not be billed for board by Gordon.


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 1. You will be notified within five 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 30. You will be notified within five 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).

Online Seat Application for Best Semester

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.

1. Date of application:

2. Program:

3. Semester:

4. In order to study abroad, all students are required to attend the safety and security meeting, the pre-departure seminar, and the re-entry seminar. (Unless your program is in the United States, please check all three.) I understand that in order to study abroad, I will be required to attend:

Safety and Security Meeting
Pre-Departure Seminar: 1 full-Saturday course at the end of the semester before you study abroad
Re-entry Seminar: 1 full-day, Saturday course at the beginning of the semester after you return to campus
Not Applicable: My program is in the United States

5. Last Name:

6. First Name (Given Legal):

7. Middle Initial:

8. Gordon College ID #:

9. Gender:


10. Date of Birth:

11. Place of Birth:

12. Country of Citizenship:

13. Valid Passport:

Not necessary for my program

14. If yes, what is the expiration date on your passport?

15. Full Name exactly as it appears on passport:

16. Email Address:

17. Campus Mailing Address:

18. Campus Phone/Cell:

19. Parent/Guardian (Last, First, MI):

20. Parent/Guardian Phone:

21. Parent/Guardian Email

22. Parent/Guardian Address in full:

23. Emergency Contact if other than Parent/Guardian: (Provide Name, Address, Phone and Email in full)

24. Off Campus study can affect your eligibility for institutional, federal and state financial aid. Please check with your Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility status should you be accepted into an off-campus program.

I receive Financial Aid and will meet with my Financial Aid Officer to determine which forms of financial aid are transferable to this program.
I am not currently receiving any forms of financial aid.

25. Do you have any chronic physical conditions that require regular medical attention or that may be relevant for consideration in a program that requires physical activity such as walking, etc.?


26. Do you have allergies to foods, plants, etc.? Are there any prescription or non-prescription medications that you take regularly that you would anticipate needing while you are attending this program?

27. Do you have any learning disabilities you would like the program faculty to be aware of?


28. Current Class Level:


29. Expected Graduation Date:

30. Major Field of Study 1:

31. Major Field of Study 2:

32. Minor Field of Study:

33. Current Overall GPA (Grade Point Average):

34. Name of Major Advisor:

35. Major Advisor’s Email:

36. Name of Faculty Reference:

37. Faculty Reference’s Email:

38. Name of Student Affairs Reference (someone in Student Life or an RD - not an RA):

39. Student Affairs Reference's Email:

40. What is your motivation for participating in the program for which you are applying? How does the program meet your academic, personal and/or professional goals? (AT LEAST 250 words)

41. What in your past experience (international, educational or other) has prepared you for success in this program? What qualities or strengths do you possess that will contribute to your success in the program? (AT LEAST 250 words)

42. In the context of your own personal journey of faith, reflect upon your willingness to engage culturally diverse expressions of Christian experience. What is your experience with such engagement? (AT LEAST 250 words)

43. The program for which you are applying is structured with conditions of greater personal freedom than is normally the case in a Christian college environment. How are you likely to respond to this greater freedom? (AT LEAST 250 words)