Academics-Center for International Relations and Politics - Carnegie Mellon University


Carnegie Mellon students who participate in the CMU/WSP will earn a total of 48 units, and their courses and grades will be listed on their Carnegie Mellon University transcripts. Students will intern three days a week or approximately 24-25 hours and take classes the remaining two days and in the evenings. Students will take the following courses while in Washington, DC:

Core Seminar (12 units)

Students will have a choice of a core seminar. Offerings may vary by semester, and course descriptions can be found in the CMU Undergraduate Course Catalog.

84-330 CMU/WSP: The United States Supreme Court

84-331 CMU/WSP: Congress

84-332 CMU/WSP: Washington Media

84-333 CMU/WSP: General Research Seminar

84-334 CMU/WSP: International Policy

84-336 CMU/WSP: The Presidency and Executive Branch

Elective Seminar (12 units)

Students will select an elective seminar taught by any of the UCDC consortium members. Offerings may vary by semester, and course descriptions can be found in the CMU Undergraduate Course Catalog.

84-340 CMU/WSP: American Political Journalism

84-341 CMU/WSP: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East

84-342 CMU/WSP: Fiscal Policy-Making in the U.S.

84-343 CMU/WSP: Sports, Politics, and Society

84-344 CMU/WSP: Politics and Poems: Writing Verse in DC

84-345 CMU/WSP: Cultural Policy: Cultural Heritage and Cultural Diplomacy

84-346 CMU/WSP: Race and Politics in the American City

84-347 CMU/WSP: Lobbying, Money, and Influence in Washington

84-348 CMU/WSP: Spies! The Politics of Intelligence

84-349 CMU/WSP: The Theater of Politics

84-350 CMU/WSP: Campaigns and Elections

Internship Seminar (12 units)

The internship is the experiential “core” of the Washington Semester Program. Typically involving three days per week, the internship provides you with first-hand professional experience while also maintaining focus on a set of expected learning outcomes.  In addition, we will meet in the weekly seminar to report and reflect on your internship experiences. The internship and internship seminar require approximately 27-28 hours per week. You will earn 12 CMU units of credit for the internship and internship seminar.

Policy Forum (12 units)

Carnegie Mellon University’s Policy Forum course takes a critical look at Washington, DC, as an arena for decision making in domestic politics and US foreign policy. It does so through weekly roundtable discussions with a diverse set of thought leaders. Based on intellectually significant essays that students are expected to read in advance of each class, these discussions give students an opportunity to ask probing questions about the three branches of the US government, media, embassies, advocacy groups, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations.

If you have any questions about academics, please contact the academic program manager, Emily Half.