CU in D.C. Course Offerings (Fall, Spring, Summer)
*See Maymester course description toward the bottom of the page.
*Note that the CU in D.C. program follows the exact dates that are followed on campus, for fall, spring, summer, and Maymester.
- The CU in D.C. Program is designed so that students do not “miss” a semester, and so they spend their semester/summer/Maymester of participation earning full credit that counts toward their major/toward graduation requirements.
- CU in D.C. students earn a combination of classroom course credit and internship course credit while they are in D.C. All of our course offerings are CU courses, for CU credit, and are taught by CU-hired instructors. The classroom courses are held in our D.C. classroom, in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace building in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.
- All fall, spring, and summer students register for course number 1 listed below (ARSC-4750-550R), and for an internship course related to their major (see the sample internship courses listed under number 2 below). The ARSC classroom course is worth 3 credits. The internship course, in the summer, is worth 3 credits, and the internship course is worth 6 credits in the fall or spring.
- While these first course selections are mandatory (the one classroom course and the internship course), during the fall and spring semesters, each student has the option of choosing one or two additional classroom courses (see examples of these course offerings under number 3 below). During fall or spring, we recommend that students choose one more classroom course and that they carry a total course load worth 12 credits.
- During summer session D, students take 6 credits (3 for the ARSC classroom course, and 3 for their department internship course).
- Please see our typical course offerings here: Spring 2016 Course Information, Fall 2015 Course Information, Summer 2015 Course Information.
- In summary:
(academic semester, fall or spring):
|3 credits +||6 credits +||3 credits =||12 credits|
|ARSC-4750-550R, mandatory classroom course||Major department internship course||Classroom course of your choice|
(summer session D)
|3 credits +||3 credits =||6 credits|
|ARSC-4750-550R, mandatory classroom course||Major depart. internship course|
**All students who participate in the CU in D.C. Program should consult with their department advisors prior to registration to ensure that they are on track with all department/major requirements**
2. Internship Course Number from your Major Department
3 credits in summer, 6 credits in fall and spring
|ARSC-3935-550R||Arts & Sciences Internship|
|PSCI-4938-550R||Political Science Internship|
|IAFS-4930-550R and IAFS-4930-551R||Internship in International Affairs (two sections, 3 credits each)|
|ECON-4939-550R||Internship in Economics|
|ENVS-3930-550R and ENVS-3930-551R||Environmental Studies Internship(two sections, 3 credits each)|
*This is just a sample list of department internship course numbers. Many other departments offer internship course numbers. If you want to earn credit for an internship in your major, and that course number is not listed above, the CU in D.C. Program can contact the department and request permission to create a CU in D.C. section number so you can do an internship in your major.
3. Classroom Course of Your Choosing
3 credits in fall and spring (not offered in summer)
IAFS-4500-551R, International Affairs Senior Seminar: The Global Environment and National Security (listed as Post-Cold War World)
PSCI-3206-551R, The Environment and Public Policy: The Global Environment and National Security (listed as Environment/Public Policy)
*usually offered in spring
WRTG-3020-550R, Topics in Writing: Composing Civic Life (topic ID 117)
*usually offered fall and spring
IAFS-4500-550R, International Affairs Senior Seminar: The Unwitting Empire: War, Diplomacy, Economics, and Culture in 20th Century U.S. Foreign Policy
PSCI-3163-550R, American Foreign Policy: The Unwitting Empire: War, Diplomacy, Economics, and Culture in 20th Century U.S. Foreign Policy
*usually offered in fall
*View some classroom course descriptions here*
CU in D.C. Course Offering (Maymester Science Policy)
- CU in D.C. is now offering a Maymester Science Policy course to students from science-related majors. Maymester participants earn 3 credits for a course that counts toward their major/toward graduation requirements. The Science Policy course is highly participatory and involves classroom time, combined with numerous outings and visits in the D.C. area. Classroom time is spent in our D.C. classroom, in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace building in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. During the Maymester period, the group ventures out to interface with science policy-makers on Capitol Hill and at a variety of science institutions, such as NASA, the Department of Energy, and the National Institutes of Health.
- Because of time constraints, Maymester students do not do an internship in D.C. like other CU in D.C. students do in fall, spring, and summer.
- Maymester students register for one of the course numbers listed below, depending on their major/graduation requirements. The Science Policy course is worth 3 credits.
- Please find a sample syllabus for the Science Policy course here: ARSC-4040, Science Policy Maymester course_syllabus. You can find a general information flyer here: Science Policy Maymester Course, Flyer
- Credit options for the Science Policy course (choose one course for 3 credits):
ARSC-4040, CU in D.C. Science Policy
MCDB-4100, CU in D.C. Science Policy, Special Topics in MCDB
PHYS-3000, CU in D.C. Science Policy, Science in Public Policy
ENVS-3100, CU in D.C. Science Policy, Special Topics in Applied Environmental Science
ATOC-4500, CU in D.C. Science Policy, Special Topics in ATOC
PRLC-4010, CU in D.C. Science Policy, Presidents Leadership Class
As mentioned, CU in D.C. participants have the choice to participate in the program during an academic-year semester (fall or spring); during summer (summer session D); or during Maymester (session M). During the fall and spring semesters each academic year, students participate in a Washington D.C. internship while simultaneously earning credit as full-time students. This allows students to be interns in the nation’s capital and to earn college credit at the same time so that they can stay on track to graduate in four years. Some students, however, have a highly structured course sequence in their majors, and their coursework sequence would be disrupted by taking a semester away from campus. For these students, participating during summer session D might be the most feasible choice. The CU in D.C. summer session D option involves fewer course credits and a shorter internship experience, while the academic-year semesters involve more course credit and longer internships. And for students who are science majors, the Maymester Science Policy course is the best fit.
Fall and Spring Semester
A key aspect of participating in the CU in D.C. program during a fall or spring semester is that you can continue to be enrolled as a full-time student, earning twelve-fifteen credit hours, and make normal progress toward your degree. So if you participate in the program during the academic-year, you essentially carry out a normal semester. Accordingly, tuition charges and financial aid packages fully apply to the program (but the aid package is increased to account for the cost of living difference in Washington D.C.). The only difference is that instead of being on campus in Colorado, you are immersed in the rich environment of the nation’s capital and are engaged in learning-by-doing through your intensive internship experience.
Summer Session D
The CU in D.C. summer session D option is essentially a condensed and trimmed-down version of the academic-year semester program. Students who pursue this option can earn a total of six credit hours. For summer session D, students enroll through the Continuing Education office, just as they would for any other summer session D term. Tuition and fees in summer, when calculated on a per credit basis, may be slightly higher for some students than they would be if the students were participating in CU in D.C. during the academic year. The summer semester option, however, is the best and sometimes only choice for students who are enrolled in degree programs that have strict sequential coursework requirements and that necessitate students be present on campus every fall and spring. For these students, the CU in D.C. summer semester opportunity is an ideal fit.
The CU in D.C. Maymester option is an intensive three-week experience for students who are science majors or who are interested in science policy. Students who pursue this option earn a total of three credit hours. Maymester students do not do an internship while in Washington D.C.
**If you are interested in CU in D.C., you should make an appointment with your advisor as soon as possible. Work with your advisor to ensure that you are following department/major requirements**
**We also urge students to check in with the Office of Financial Aid to determine if their financial aid packages apply during the summer semester**