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Washington Mentorship Program: Curriculum


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Mentored Field Practicum

We understand that you have many options for fall semester, prior to beginning your degree program in the spring. WMP is flexible—allowing you to take 12 or 15 credits worth of classes. With IB or AP credits, you can easily stay on track to graduate with a 12-credit program. Even without IB or AP credits, you can stay on track to graduate if you enroll in additional classes in future semesters.

Your fall semester schedule consists of four or five 3-credit classes:

  • Mentored Field Practicum (an internship)
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • College Writing
  • Introduction to Inquiry, and
  • your choice of either Politics in the US, a mathematics or a statistics course (to be determined by placement test and course availability)

Some of your classes will be learning laboratories—taking full advantage of our Washington, D.C., location. Classes include interactive lectures and guest speakers that could introduce you to diplomats, policy makers, members of Congress, journalists, and lobbyists.

You will experience a rich and rigorous curriculum and internship. Here is an example of a WMP student class week.

Quote from a student

"Many of the courses were helpful towards the internship or getting my gen eds out of the way. My Intercultural Understanding class had some amazing trips to embassies, the World Bank, and brought in some very impressive speakers from places like the US Institute of Peace and the Brookings Institution." – Mark Sullivan, WMP 2014

 Visiting AU? Let WMP know! We would love to meet you while on campus and share more information about the Mentorship Program. Contact us at 202-895-4936 or mentorship@american.edu. You can also sign-up for an American University tour and information session.