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Classes & Credits

Fall 2023 Courses:

All D.C. Semester Program students will take three courses. 

D.C. Semester Program Mini-Mester Courses

  • The D.C. Semester Program's features hybrid courses that make the most of D.C.’s national and international relevance and are interdisciplinary and experiential in nature. Students will receive instruction from a select group of W&M faculty and W&M Washington Center staff. Professors combine lectures, group discussions, alumni panels, guest speakers, and site visits to immerse themselves and their students in course topics and themes. The courses for fall 2022 will be:

    • Memory and Belonging in the Capital City - 3 Credits (HIST)
    • Power, Politics and Upheaval: Washington D.C. and Ancient Rome - 3 Credits (INTR)
      • COLL 300
      • Taught by John Donahue
      • October 27 – December 15

Washington Program Internship

  • INTR 497, 6 Credits
  • Students can work at any internship in which they are interested, and complete academic work in association with their internship experience. Student support and guidance from Washington Center staff as they apply to opportunities and during their experience.
  • Complementing the internship course, this course will draw on student development theory to help students reflect and make connections. Students would set goals and learning objectives for their internships, participate in written self-reflection and regular group discussions, and present their findings based on their experiences.
  • Taught by Roxane Adler Hickey
*Courses are subject to change.
Class & Internship Schedules

Students work at their internships during the day, full-time throughout the week, and take classes on Friday afternoons and select Friday mornings. Courses will be hybrid, incorporating asynchronous participation opportunities and class sessions.

Class Locations

Classes are held at the William & Mary Washington Center. The Center is located at 901 4th St. NW in downtown Mount Vernon Triangle Washington D.C.  Get directions, transportation and parking information.


Students selected for the program during the general application cycle will have their seats reserved until they register during the Add/Drop registration period. Students who are interested in the program after the March 1 submission deadline will be allowed to apply to the program on a rolling basis. 

Grading & Credits

Grades are awarded like any course on campus. Students earn a total of 12-14 credits for their academic work in the D.C. Semester Program. The courses may apply to concentration requirements, are posted on students' transcripts, are calculated into GPAs, and count towards graduation requirements.

ADA Accommodations 

W&M 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 to determine if accommodations are warranted and to obtain an official letter of accommodation. For more information, please visit

Student Resources

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