Academic Study

 

Although based in Washington, D.C., students are registered as full-time students, fulfill university residency requirements, and are eligible for financial assistance.

Research Seminar

This mandatory seminar is the core of each student's program of study. It consists of weekly class meetings.

There are 4 separate thematic seminar issue areas that  include students from all UC schools.   

Prior seminars include:

  1. Congress
  2. Media/Political Communications
  3. The Bureaucracy
  4. Traditional (non-themed)

Each student designs a research project leading to a substantial term paper that incorporates the knowledge gained from the internship as well as making use of extensive local resources.

Academic Courses

In addition, each student will take one or two Upper-Division Elective(s) that emphasize a particular subject, such as:

  1. Politics
  2. History
  3. Public policy
  4. Media
  5. Arts and culture

Subject matter varies per semester. UC Merced, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania share a joint semester curriculum that allows you to receive UC Merced credit for each elective offered.

Past Electives

  1. A Theater of Politics/The Politics of Theater
  2. Islam and Democracy in the Modern Age
  3. Art and Power in Modern Times
  4. American Foreign Policy
  5. Museums and Society: the Power of Display in Washington, D.C.