Washington DC

The Government Department's off-campus program in Washington, D.C. provides students with internship opportunities in legislative and executive offices as well as the chance to conduct research involving the national government.


The application deadlines are February 1st, 2019 for the spring of 2020. More detailed information may be obtained from The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education, 44 North College Street, and at their website.


Myths and Realities in Public Policy Solutions

This course will investigate major areas of public policy including health care, energy, banking, social security and education.  Through readings and lively discussion, students will grow in their understanding of these deeply important issues.  The aim of the course will be to dispel public policy myths that benefit candidates or their parties in the political arena but do not have the capacity to solve real world problems.  We will approach public policy as academics rather than political practitioners.  While we will move from issue to issue quickly, students will have the opportunity to focus on one issue for in-depth study in a final paper.


The Size and Scope of the United States Government

This course will study the history and causes of governmental growth with a strong focus on the U.S. government.  We will first study the major theories of governmental growth.  We will then investigate the major agencies of the federal government in great depth including their history, what they do today, how they do it, what resources they employ and how these resources have changed over time, whether they provide a useful function and how the agency might be improved.  We will be particularly interested in considering ways to achieve budget savings in a tough fiscal climate.  Upon completion of this course, students should have a very intimate knowledge of the federal government.