Institute Courses

We refuse to live in an ivory tower.

Our courses represent a blend of theory and practice in a way that brings the best of W&M to the world, and vice versa. We seek out strong cross-campus partnerships through the Reves Center, the DC Center, the Miller Center, Public Policy and International Relations to bring exciting content straight to you.

Many students who take the courses call them life-altering events. We hope you try one of the courses below during your time at W&M.

Foreign Policymaking in DC. 3 credits. COLL 300 (Winter Break, partnership with the DC Center) [Watch our video.]

This course explores how policy is made and implemented in Washington DC, looking at the factors that shape policy choices and their execution / enforcement across a range of issue areas and institutions at both the national and international level. Past site visits have included the Pentagon, State Department, World Bank, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, USAID, Brookings, and more.

Field Study Guatemala. 3 credits. COLL 300 (between Spring and Summer, partnership with the Reves Center)

The in-country location in Sikabe, Guatemala was selected to support students to systematically explore how development theory has shaped development practice and compare it with the local and historical context through a variety of case studies and site visits. Students partner their studies with hands-on engagement with a local organization that has been in the area for the past 25 years.

Skills Courses: R. 1 credit (Spring)

This course provides students with an introduction to the R language. The skills this course teaches will be beneficial in conducting research while you are at William & Mary and in the future as you pursue internships and careers.

US National Security Toolbox. 1 credit (Spring)

The objective of this course is to explore what policy tools are available to DC policymakers. We will specifically look at the factors by which decisions are made, as well as the tools available to today’s U.S. foreign policy practitioner.  The course assignment will be focused on how to write well and concisely for policymakers.

State Department Diplomacy Lab: 1 credit (Spring)

Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to course-source research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at colleges and universities across the United States.

Email [[dmtrichler,David Trichler]] for more info on how to get involved.