Academics

Classes & Credits

If you are accepted into one of the DC Summer Institutes, you will take both classes offered in the program as well as participate in an internship.  A big part of the value of the Institutes is the link between learning in the classroom and learning in the workplace.

Faculty

For 2018, the professors will be:

Credits

Fellows earn 6-7 credits: 3 credits for the two-week course and 3 credits for the academic work completed in association with their internship. Fellows in the Leadership & Community Engagement and News & Media Institutes will also take a 1 credit course during the Spring semester.

Registration

Accepted fellows register during the regular DC Summer Session registration period, starting in March. As a DC Summer Institutes Fellow, spots in the Institute classes are held just for you, so there are no time conflicts or overregistering issues. 

*For LCE & NM fellows: The Registrar's Office will manually register you for your 1 credit Spring course on December 1. When registering for your Spring Semester courses, please make sure that you save room for this course. Do not register for more than 15 credits in order to avoid a hold on your account.  Also, please clear any financial holds on your account prior to December 1. 

Grading & Honor Code

Grades are awarded for Summer Institutes just like classes on campus.  In addition, all policies and regulations contained in the Rights and Responsibilities, the Student Code of Conduct, and the Administration of Student Life Policies sections of the William & Mary Student Handbook apply to all Study in DC opportunities.

Additional Course Load

While it is possible to take a DC Summer Session course while enrolled in a DC Summer Institute, keep in mind that if you are enrolled in an Institute, your coursework and assignments will be completed at an accelerated pace.

Summer 2018 Work & Class Schedules: 
  • 2 weeks of classes running from Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 25, 2018. 
  • 2 additional evening discussion meetings will follow the May 25 end date.
  • 10 weeks of internships running from Tuesday, May 29 through Friday, August 3, 2018.
Class Locations

In general, classes are held at the William & Mary Washington Center, located in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Building at 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW in the Dupont Circle area of downtown Washington. However, many classes will take place on-location around DC as well.

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

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.