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Program Overview

The Gap Program comprises 7 undergraduate-level credits per semester. Each semester you will enroll in one program track comprised of an internship experience and a seminar course. You have the option to enroll in a single semester (either fall or spring semester) or take a year-long program.

  Fall Semester

  American Politics Track

  Global Business Track

  Topics in American Politics - 3 credits

  Mentored Field Practicum Internship - 4 credits

  Topics in Global Business - 3 credits

  Mentored Field Practicum Internship - 4 credits



  Spring Semester

  American Politics Track

  International Affairs Track

  Topics in American Politics - 3 credits

  Mentored Field Practicum Internship - 4 credits

  Topics in International Affairs - 3 credits

  Mentored Field Practicum Internship - 4 credits


The Classes

Mentored Field Practicum
The Mentored Field Practicum (MFP) enables students have a successful educational experience at their internship. The class provides a forum for exploring common challenges and opportunities in the workplace, including job responsibilities, communication with co-workers, etc. Students will identify skills crucial to success in the professional field they are interning. Students also will connect theories and knowledge gained in their seminar classes with “real world” experiences. All students enroll in a Mentored Field Practicum.  

Politics in the US Seminar
Students will study American government through active learning in the classroom and beyond. Specifically, students will be immersed in both the theory and the practice of American politics through meetings with experts and site visits to political institutions in Washington, DC. As a result, students will have a better understanding of American politics, particularly key constitutional principles, the political process, policy-making institutions, civil rights, and current political issues.

Global Business Seminar
Students will gain both conceptual and practical knowledge related to global business. Students will study the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and many other organizations. The seminar will combine classroom learning with site visits and guest speakers who deal with global business issues affecting the nation and world every day. Guests might include representatives of trade associations and multinational corporations, experts from international organizations and U.S. government agencies and institutions (including the US Congress).

International Affairs Seminar
Students will experience an overview of the world of foreign policy - examining emerging issues on the world stage from the heart of Washington DC. Students will meet with decision makers and experts in international relations, from the State and Defense Departments, Congress, think tanks, embassies, and international organizations.

 

Please note that the University reserves the right to make program/subject cancellations and changes or substitutions in cases of enrollment interests or changed conditions in the interest of the group.