Students and faculty will travel to the nation's capital for an intensive five-day, four-night, hands-on seminar in government and politics. We will tour and meet officials at the White House, Congress, and Supreme Court as well as network with DC-area alumni. The travel portion will take place during spring break.
Students are required to attend a March 1 mandatory orientation meeting as well as all program events in Washington, DC. Readings will be posted on Blackboard, and students taking the course for credit are required to keep a journal of their experiences 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 DC.
Students who wish to receive a one-credit grade for POLS 497:PWE1, 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: $895
(Excludes travel to Washington, DC, tuition and fees)
The program fee includes accommodations for four nights, one lunch and two dinners, a DC alumni reception, and a pre-paid Metro Card for subway transportation in DC. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from DC.
A non-refundable deposit of $250 is due by Monday, January 21, 2013, with the balance due by Monday, February 18, 2013.
Art Ward, PhD, Associate Professor, NIU Department of Political Science
Matt Streb, PhD, Associate Professor, NIU Department of Political Science
Students will share rooms (two students per room) with two queen beds at the Doubletree Suites located at 1515 Rhode Island Ave., NW, in the heart of DC within walking distance to Dupont Circle and the White House. The hotel has a fitness center and restaurant and is close to Metro stops, restaurants, and attractions.
Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Reagan Nation Airport (DCA). A pre-paid Metro card will be provided for program-related subway transportation in Washington, DC.
Academic Credit Option
NIU students may register for 1 academic credit for this program. Students choosing this option should register for POLS 497: PWE1 through MyNIU. This is a permit-only course; for more information and/or a permit number, please contact Art Ward at (815) 753-7041 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 $895 includes DC scheduled visits and activities, ground transportation for program-related activities in DC, four nights lodging in DC (double occupancy), and one lunch and two dinners. Please note that round-trip transportation to/from DC, 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 $250 is required with a completed registration form by Monday, January 21, 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 Monday, February 18, 2013.
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