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Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    12-18 credits
    • Location

      Washington, D.C.
    • Semesters Offered

      Fall, Spring

      March 15 deadline for fall

      October 15 deadline for spring

    How to Apply

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    BestSemester proudly offers several off-campus and study abroad programs around the world through the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). The CCCU is a higher education association of 179 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world.

    Since 1976, the American Studies Program (ASP) has served as an experiential learning laboratory for students committed to connecting their faith to public affairs. Nearly 500 of ASP’s 3,000+ alumni have returned to work in the DC metro area in a variety of professional fields — private and public, for-profit and non-profit.


    What Will I Study?

    Each student enrolls in the program’s two practicum courses: "internship" and "topics in leadership and vocation." Students have the option of enrolling in a one-credit professional mentorship course. In addition, students apply to either the public policy track or the strategic communication track.

    Public Policy (Track)

    The public policy track equips and supports students in their analysis of a pressing public policy issue. Each student produces original research by engaging area experts and practitioners off-site and in the classroom as they investigate the local, national and global factors that influence policy-making in Washington, D.C.

    Strategic Communication (Track)

    The strategic communication track engages communication professionals to explore the role of strategic communication in achieving organizational goals. Field-work activities explore current best practices in communicating critical organizational messages to key internal and external constituents and stakeholders. Students compare how different types of organizations set strategic direction, develop and evaluate messages, choose appropriate communication channels and tactics, and measure output and impact outcomes.


    Course Equivalencies

    American Studies Program Course Equivalencies

    Practicum Course (Required) Credits Biola Course Credits
    Internship 9 No equivalency yet approved - See department chair for course approval
    Professional Development Practicum 1 INCS 473 Practicum Seminar 1
    POSC 480 Studies in Political Science 1
    Project Track (Choose 1 Track) Course Credits Biola Course Credits
    Public Policy Track Public Policy Analysis Field Seminar 3 No equivalency yet approved - See department chair for course approval
    Policy Advocacy and Diplomacy Field Seminar 3 No equivalency yet approved - See department chair for course approval
    Strategic Communication Track Case Studies in Strategic Communication 3 No equivalency yet approved - See department chair for course approval
    Advocacy and Development 3 No equivalency yet approved - See department chair for course approval
    Total Credits 16