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The Les Aspin Center emphasizes close interaction among students and faculty as they live, study and work together. Small class sizes and a dedicated faculty allow tremendous attention to be paid to the intellectual development of each student. Students receive instruction in seminar-style classes in which individual participation and focused study are demanded. The academic rigors of the program, which features courses in political science, philosophy and fine arts, set it apart from other similar programs in Washington.

And the wide range of classes allows students to fulfill several of their academic requirements. Political science courses can be counted toward elective requirements, and fine arts courses can be counted toward core course work.

Washington, D.C., programs
Semester course offerings

POSC 4221 Interest Group Politics (3 credits)

How groups are organized around particular economic interests and political preferences to influence policy-making institutions. The internal incentive structure of political organizations, including business, professional, trade union and "public interest" groups. Functions of, and biases inherent in, the group process.


POSC 4201 The United States Congress (3 credits)

Membership, legislative process and internal distribution of power in the U.S. Congress. Congressional relationships with the presidency, executive bureaucracy, interest groups and public.


POSC 4986 Internship in Politics (3 credits)*

Practical learning experience in politics. Evaluation to require students to relate the experience to literature on the subject. Requires a written evaluation by the student's office supervisor at the conclusion of the course.
* Non-political science students can arrange for credit in their respective majors.

ARSC 4953 Seminar on Urban Social Issues (3 credits)

Examines the problems that plague many urban areas and the policy responses that attempt to solve them. Students to explore such issues as homelessness, addiction, juvenile justice and failing schools using Washington, D.C., as a case study. Combines lectures by faculty experts with site visits to government agencies and private organizations to explore theoretical and practical dimensions of problems that trouble all large cities.


ARSC 3370 The Arts and a Democratic Society (3 credits)*

Consists of a seminar intended to introduce students to the cultural resources of Washington, D.C., and provide experiences and conceptual tools for exploring the role of the arts in a democratic society.
* Course fulfills Marquette's literature and performing arts common core requirement or can be taken as an upper-division philosophy course.

Summer course offerings

POSC 4986 Internship in Politics (3 credits)*

Practical learning experience in politics. Evaluation to require students to relate the experience to literature on the subject. Requires a written evaluation by the student's office supervisor at the conclusion of the course.
* Non-political science students can arrange for credit in their respective majors.

POSC 4931 Topics in Political Science (3 credits)*

Lectures and discussion in a broad area that, because of its topicality, is not the subject of a regular course. Course topic to be announced before the summer application deadline.
*Non-political science students can arrange for credit in their respective majors.

Kleczka Internship Program (Milwaukee)
Course offerings

 

POSC 4931 Topics in Political Science — Internship methods (3 credits)*

Practical learning experience in politics. Evaluation to require the student to relate the experience to literature on the subject. Requires a written evaluation by the student's office supervisor at the conclusion of the course.
* Non-political science students can arrange for credit in their respective majors.

Study abroad program
Winter break program in Africa

ARSC 2000 Democracy, Culture and Public Policy (3 credits)

Session 2 spring term course: examination of how culture, values, and identity shape global and domestic politics, particularly how they can inform and guide public policy efforts to promote democracy, shape periods of political transition and democratization, and provide the foundation for creating policies that will advance the overall welfare of the society. Case study of Ghana politics will allow for a rigorous dialogue about the appropriateness of culture, values, and identity as explanatory variables in shaping political outcomes and policy choices.

*The course is only offered in conjunction with the study abroad program.

 

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