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Classes & Credits

Fall 2021 Courses:

“DC: Past, Present, and Future”

  • INTR 390, 4 credits (potentially fulfilling COLL 300)
  • This course will allow students to explore a variety of topics in DC by engaging with a range of professionals through site visits and guest speaker opportunities. Multi-week course modules will help students think critically about important challenges facing our nation, as well as different approaches for addressing these challenges, including how to effectively and persuasively communicate with different audiences.

    Students will be taught by faculty from a range of disciplines and engage with a vibrant set of issues and topics that tie together the importance of ideas and place in the Nation’s capital. In addition to gaining foundational knowledge in aspects of history, international relations, environmental science, and architecture, students will analyze problems, develop their communication skills (oral and written), and present ideas/plans to policy experts and practitioners.

  • Course Modules:

“Washington Program Internship"

  • INTR 497 01, 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.
  • Taught by Roxane Adler Hickey

“Washington Professional Reflection”

  • INTR 497R 01, 2 Credits
  • 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
“Washington Program Independent Readings”
  • Any department, 2 credits
  • Students can earn an additional 2 credits by choosing an on-campus faculty member to assign readings associated with the student’s internship and related topics of interest.
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.

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.


Students selected for the Program will be granted course overrides 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. 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 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.