Research Seminar

The centerpiece of the curriculum in Washington is a Research Seminar that integrates insights from student internships with presentations by guest speakers and class meetings that emphasize comparative methods, bibliographic research and analytical writing.  The Research Seminar is mandatory and is the core of each student's program of study; it consists of weekly class meetings as well as sectional and individual tutorials. Making extensive use of local resources, students will design a research strategy leading to a substantial term paper that incorporates knowledge gained from their internship. 

A General Research Seminar is designed for all majors. Students may select from themed seminars as well, such as:


-International Policy

-Washington Media


In addition, students will take one elective that emphasizes subject matter such as politics, history, public policy, the media, or arts and culture. The topics vary from semester to semester depending on the faculty in residence, the offerings by the other programs at the Center, and the availability and expertise of guest instructors. UC Berkeley, UC Merced, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Notre Dame, and University of San Francisco share a joint semester curriculum that allows Berkeley students to receive Berkeley upper division course credit for each elective offered.