Academics

Classes & Credits

The overall goal of the DC Semester Program is to take advantage of the resources of the Washington, DC area to enrich the educational experience of participating students. The topic of the Program will vary by semester, taking advantage of the academic specialty of the professor selected for that semester.

Class & Internship Schedules

Students work at their internships during the day, full-time throughout the week, and take classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights as well as Friday afternoons.

Class Locations

Classes are held at the William & Mary Washington Center. The Center is located about one block from Dupont Circle South Metro entrance on Massachusetts Avenue in downtown Washington.  Get directions, transportation and parking information.

Faculty

A W&M professor teaches both classes.

Registration

Students selected for the Program will be flagged by the Registrar's Office and will register for that semester through the regular class registration system.

Grading & Credits

Grades are awarded like any course on campus. Students earn a total of 12-14 credits for their academic work in the DC Semester Program. Each semester, an experienced William & Mary professor teaches two courses specifically designed for the semester theme. Students receive 6-8 credits for these classes, which are held in the W&M Washington Center, and an additional 6 credits for the academic work they complete in association with their internship. The courses apply to concentration requirements, are posted on students' transcripts, and are calculated into GPAs.

ADA Accommodations 

William & Mary accommodates students with disabilities in accordance with federal laws and university policy. Any student who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a learning, psychiatric, physical, or chronic health diagnosis should contact Student Accessibility Services staff at 757-221-2512 or at sas@wm.edu to determine if accommodations are warranted and to obtain an official letter of accommodation. For more information, please visit www.wm.edu/sas.

Student Resources

Nervous for your first lecture in DC? Not sure how to approach your professor at office hours? Here are some great guides to assist you in DC's tight-knit classroom environment.