Summer 2021 Program Update Community of Scholars is Moving Online!

For summer 2021, Community of Scholars is shifting online, utilizing the best techniques of both live and asynchronous instruction via AU’s Blackboard platform. The courses will be taught by highly regarded AU faculty in small, interactive classes. Our dedicated faculty and staff will strive to ensure continuity of the program’s high-quality and interactive teaching and programming. Beyond the classroom, students will participate in several virtual experiences, including briefings with officials from Washington, DC institutions, such as the U.S. Department of State, World Bank, and Embassies. Activities also include an SIS alumni panel discussion, talks hosted by professional staff at AU’s Career Center and Undergraduate Admissions, and AU student-led community-building events. 

July 5 to 23, 2021
Class times
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Eastern (M, TU, TH) Live sessions via Zoom plus asynchronous instruction throughout the three weeks.
Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA
$2,800 for the 3-credit program
Application Deadline
May 1, 2021, or until all spots are filled

Summer 2021

Applications are now open. A few spots still remain.


Course Offerings

Students choose one of the following course options.

Difference, particularly cultural difference, is the source of many conflicts in international relations. This course will explore conceptual components and theories of conflict, culture, and conflict resolution—with a special focus on the role that culture plays in both starting and resolving conflicts. An in-depth examination of contemporary international conflicts will be used as illustrative case-studies. The class will then bridge the gap between interpersonal, group, and international conflicts by exploring strategies of conflict resolution and cross-cultural understanding.

How does the U.S. government confront dictators, maintain allies, and protect the nation from international threats to national security? This course will introduce the major departments, agencies, and actors within the government involved in foreign policy and national security. It will explore how they operate in the new strategic environment by considering major threats and issues facing the United States today, from terrorists to rogue states to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The course will also address the conflicting goals, agendas, and trade-offs present in any foreign and national security policy. Debating the range of policy options, students will explore how the U.S. might best act to enhance U.S. national security and international position.