Center for High Achievement & Scholarly Engagement
Washington Learning Program

Earning Credit

Students participating in Butler's D.C. 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 20 Butler University credits. Six credits may be earned from two classes taught on site:

  1. DC 302: Our Nation's Capital: How the Locals See It (3 credits)
  2. ART 382: Power & Presentation: The Arts of Public Washington (3 credits)

DC Course Descriptions (WORD Document)

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

D.C. 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, D.C.

Classroom WC Web
Classroom in the Washington Center

Spring 2015 Short Seminar Descriptions  (WORD document)

Here are some titles of past D.C. 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
  • Title IX: Thirty Years of Resistance and Change
  • Business, Government and Public Policy: The World after 9/11
  • US-Russian Relations in a New Era
  • Writing: The Personal is Political
FDA Museum
D.C. Program students at the DEA museum during a field trip for "The Federal War on Drugs".

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.

Although students may earn up to 18 credits while in D.C., past participants usually register for 12-15 credits. Because students intern full time, take classes in the evenings, and will want to take advantage of all that D.C. offers, we strongly encourage them not to take more than 15 credits.

For faculty advisors: Course Enrollment Form (MS Word)
Faculty members will need to complete this form for accepted students. The faculty member who will serve as the academic supervisor, often the Departmental Internship Coordinator, should sign the form and provide the student with the department internship criteria/paperwork as well as the course number for the internship.