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Washington, DC learning semester
Washington, DC Learning Semester

Earning Credit in DC

Students participating in Butler's DC Program earn credit through a combination of on-site courses and their internships.

In an individually designed program that consists of coursework and interning, students are able to earn up to 15 Butler University credits. Students can earn 9 credits of academic coursework (two courses of 3 credits each + three pass/fail courses of one credit each) in addition to the 3-6 credit internship course in their major.

Our Nation's Capital: How the Locals See It (3 credits)

Elective: DC 302


Meets: 2–3 full days prior to start internship; Occasional Tuesday evenings & field trips.

This course, as part of the curriculum of the Washington, DC Learning Semester program, offers an experiential, multi-dimensional exploration of the neighborhoods of city of Washington, DC—not the city the tourists see, but the city the locals call home. During this course our primary textbook will be our nation's Capital. Our emphasis will be on active learning, stressing the fundamental processes of discovery and observation. This active learning paradigm may lead us to public products, such as oral presentations, photographic displays, videos, etc., as well as written texts.

Power & Presentation: The Arts of Public Washington (3 credits)

Elective: DC 302 02 (elective)

HN 200 (Honors) (2 credits)

Meets: Wednesday evenings. Occasional field trips on Fridays or Saturdays, which are announced in the syllabus in advance of the course.

This course will examine the art and architecture of Washington, DC and its major institutions. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the architecture and art of the Capitol city as expressions of the political, social and moral values of the nation and of western culture in general. Lectures and related class tours will explore three major categories of Washington's visual cultural environment: museum highlights; public sculpture, monuments and memorials; and architecture. Readings and written assignments will encourage the study of various objects and sites from a critical perspective. Each student will obtain a Reader's Card at the Library of Congress (LOC), and have the opportunity to conduct primary research at the LOC and other select Washington libraries and archives.

Students may earn one, two, or three credits from a series of "DC Seminars" offered throughout the semester. These courses, each one credit, are taught by visiting Butler and Centre College professors.

DC Seminars meet one weekend during the month and usually focus on a topic that is applicable to the political, cultural, and historic environment of Washington, DC
Classroom in the Washington Center.

Here are some titles of past DC Seminars:

  • Politics & Mass Media Financial Scandals
  • Rhetoric of the Presidential Campaign
  • International Sport Marketing Seminar
  • The Federal War on Drugs
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • Educational Reform: History, Issues and Trends
  • The History of the Holocaust Museum
  • Baseball in the District
  • Title IX: Thirty Years of Resistance and Change
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Business, Government and Public Policy: The World after 9/11
  • US-Russian Relations in a New Era
  • Writing: The Personal is Political

Remaining credits may be earned through the internship experience and independent study. To find out how many credits a student may receive for his internship, he must check with his department.

Typically, participants register for 12–15 credits. Because students intern full time, take classes in the evenings, and will want to take advantage of all that DC offers, we strongly encourage them not to take more than 15 credits.

For Faculty Advisors

The CHASE office will register students for all DC courses, and the student's academic advisor should register the student for the specific internship course in her/his department. A conversation should be had about what is required to get credit in the department for the internship.