Academics

Gaining Course Approval

Once you have been selected to teach a DC Summer Institute, it is a good idea to get started on the course approval process.  We actually encourage you to create new classes that use DC's unique educational opportunities -- your main course should be a focused seminar using guest speakers and site visits. Most often, your department chair will allow you to use a topics course for this course.  

The second course is the internship course and W&M Washington Center administrators can help you with the internship course requests specifics.

If you cannot get the courses/credits you need through existing course numbers, you will need to petition EPC to create new courses.  Visit the EPC site for more information on how to proceed and an online "New Course Application."

Please note: it is your responsibility to petition EPC. Program Administrators cannot do that for you.


Student load & participation

DC Summer Institutes are currently capped at 20 students.  These 20 enroll in both of your two courses (including the internship); they have no options.


Academic work for the internship credits

While the specifics are up to you, typically Institute professors ask students to complete a research paper, portfolio, or online journal that allows them to discuss what they learned on site.

We encourage you to speak with previous professors or the program staff to see examples and syllabi that worked especially well.