Students will meet with communication professionals in the field and explore Springfield, spending one day at the Lincoln Museum and Library. Students successfully completing the course will gain a better concept of the variety of career paths they can take in government and politics with their communication background.
Students are required to attend a March 1 mandatory orientation meeting as well as all program events in Springfield. Readings will be posted on Blackboard, and students taking the course for credit are required to keep a journal of their experiences and reading responses during the trip. The journal is due at the mandatory debriefing meeting on March 22. The course grade will be based on the journal as well as attendance and participation at the mandatory meetings at NIU and the events in Springfield. Students who wish to receive a one-credit grade for COMS498, spring 2013, must enroll through MyNIU. Students not seeking credit may also take part in the course and do not need to register through MyNIU.
Program Fee: $450
(Excludes tuition and fees)
The program fee includes accommodations for three nights, transportation to and from Springfield, breakfast and one networking dinner. Extra meals are on your own.
Contact CLAS&S External Programming for permit and registration information, (815) 753-5200.
Instructor:Ferald Bryan, PhD, Associate Professor, NIU Department of Communications
Students will share rooms (two students per room) with two queen beds at the State House Inn, 101 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL. Located across the street from the Capitol and within walking distance from many offices and historical sites.
Academic Credit Option
NIU students may register for 1 academic credit for this program. Students choosing this option should register for COMS 498A: PYE1 through MyNIU. This is a permit-only course; for more information and/or a permit number, please contact Liberal Arts & Science External Programming at (815) 753-5200. Regular off-campus tuition and fees will be applied to your NIU bursar account and are in addition to the program travel fee.
Program Fee: Only $450 includes Springfield scheduled visits and activities, ground transportation to and from Springfield, three nights lodging in Springfield (double occupancy), breakfast, and one networking dinner. Please note that extra meals, and study materials are not included in the program travel fee. The program fee does not include tuition and fees; you will be billed separately by the Bursar’s office.
Please Note:NIU's fee for the package combines organization visits, accommodations, meals specified above, and program related ground transportation. Fee reduction(s) or refunds CANNOT be made for unused portions of the package.
Payment: A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required with a completed registration form by Monday, February 11, 2013. A permit number will not be issued without full payment of the deposit. All program fees must be paid in full (no exceptions) by Friday, February 22, 2013.
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