There is probably a wide variety of information and opinions about DC being thrown your way as you prepare for this adventure! Although we're going to let you form your own opinions, we will tell you more about the location of ASP. Read this FAQ to find out location information!
While your time with the American Studies Program is sure to be an eye opening adventure, your main purpose in being there will be to learn. In fact, we think this is half the adventure, especially since you will be learning through doing and serving in addition to time in the classroom. Read this FAQ series to find out more about the program’s academics.
The courses are facilitated by American Studies Program faculty. Dr. Peter Baker, the Program Director, leads the Public Policy track. He completed his undergraduate work at Olivet Nazarene University, is an alumnus of ASP and received his PhD from Notre Dame University. Gerry Hartis leads the Global Development track and is an experienced consultant to entrepreneurs and managers of commercial and non-profit organizations. Elizabeth Pitts leads the Internship and Professional Mentorship courses. Additionally, she manages ASP alumni affairs. To read the full bios of each of the program faculty, visit www.bestsemester.com/asp/faculty_staff.
You will then select a track of study for the semester. Those who choose to study in the Public Policy track will spend the semester investigating a pressing public policy issue being debated on Capitol Hill. You will directly engage policy advocates and political stakeholders on all sides of the issue at hand to hear them explain the reasoning behind their positions. Upon analyzing their points of disagreement, you will produce an original piece of research supported by your Washington, DC field work. This track usually attracts students who major or minor in Political Science, Pre-Law, Public Policy, History or International Relations.
Global Development track students participate in an intensive professional experience aimed at learning what it takes to form and lead institutional partnerships in cross-cultural contexts. You will work on a real-world project under the direction of a real-world client. Your work considers the interest capabilities and ethical commitments that guide business, governments and NGO’s in their collaboration to serve highly stressed, underdeveloped societies. Global Development students will present their findings at a professional symposium attended their client, other members of the partnership and additional interested parties. This track is designed to professionally advance students with majors or minors in Business Management, Missions, Public Relations, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Work or Sociology.
Additionally, all students will participate in an internship. Although internships may vary, students are all required to work for an average of 24 hours per week, keep a log of their work and submit written reflections on their experience throughout the semester.
Finally, you may choose to enroll in the optional, one-credit-hour Mentorship course. We highly recommend that you take advantage of this opportunity to learn from our vibrant community of alumni and friends who are established leaders in their respective fields with at least seven years of professional experience. Students who choose this course will meet with their mentor at least once a month to discuss matters of professional development and real-world faith integration.
Current course descriptions and syllabi can be found on our website at anytime: http://www.bestsemester.com/asp/academics/.
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In the Global Development track, your team will hit the ground running working for a real-world global development client. You’ll learn about their project goals, meet their professional standards, and work under their deadlines as you contribute to a piece of their ongoing international development project. The research, interview, presentation, and collaboration skills you’ll gain will put you above your peers in the job search after graduation.