Other Opportunities for Experiential Learning
Stetson offers a Washington Semester for selected juniors and seniors who wish to study American government and politics in the nation's capital. Credit earned during the Washington Semester counts toward an American Studies major. Students can choose a broad program in government and politics or a more specialized area such as American foreign policy, the criminal justice system, mass media and journalism, or economic or urban policy. The program includes an internship in a government agency or congressional office, and an individual research project. We also encourage students to consider other learning experiences such as those offered by the Fund for American Studies (202-986-0384), the Institute for Experiential Learning, and the Student Conservation Association.
Students can apply courses from study abroad, from work at other universities and in other programs within the United States, and to a certain extent even from other departments at Stetson toward the major, especially toward the four-course focus area. This is a place where students can apply their interdisciplinary thinking to the integration of their course work around a theme that because a focus of concern. This part of the requirements encourages our majors to take an active part in organizing their liberal arts learning and to take the initiative in constructing part of their education.