As part of William & Mary’s Study in DC opportunities, a distinct hybrid learning experience is coming to Washington, D.C., in summer 2018.
The W&M Washington Center is offering courses in its DC Summer Session that allow students to earn three W&M credits through five-week hybrid courses of mostly online coursework — with one week of four consecutive evening sessions in D.C.
Additionally, Friday evenings of that week will feature an optional networking reception for faculty and students to engage with area alumni interested in the course topic. Students can take the online portion of the course from anywhere in the world — provided they have a connection to the internet.
“We’re excited to try a new academic model in the Washington Center,” said Center Associate Director and Director of Programs Roxane Adler Hickey M.Ed. ’02. “Students, especially working students, want flexibility in their summer coursework. Our new DC Summer Session opportunity pairs three critical elements — the academic rigor of William & Mary’s traditional courses, the flexibility of online learning and the experiential benefits of engagement with D.C. area subject matter experts and alums — all guided by William & Mary’s experienced faculty.”
The three courses include: GOVT 391, From Protest to Policy: Gender in Political Process (COLL 300) with Assistant Professor of Government Claire McKinney; KINE 356: Public Health: Nutrition Concepts and Controversies (COLL 200) with Professor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences Ken Kambis; and INRL 390/AMES 331: Political Violence in the Middle East: From Colonialism to ISIS (COLL 300), with Stephen Sheehi, Sultan Qaboos Professor Middle East Studies and Arabic Studies.
Students appear to be responding enthusiastically to the new model, according to Adler Hickey. Enrollments are near capacity for each course, up significantly over previous D.C. summer sessions.
In addition to the DC Summer Session, the Washington Center offers five additional ways to “Study in DC” during the year, through the DC Semester Program, the DC Winter Seminars, the DC Spring Break Seminars, the DC Summer Institutes and the newest DC Spotlight Series.