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Wheaton in Washington

An inside look at the work being done in our nation's capital!

Program Overview

Wheaton in Washington offers students an inside look into the work of men and women in the nation's capital. After almost two weeks of advanced preparation on campus, we will travel to Washington D.C. to interact with people who work in a wide range of organizations in many different fields.  We fill every weekday interviews and sessions with legislators, congressional aides, interest group and NGO leaders, think tank experts, journalists, religious leaders, lobbyists, administration officials, and more. 

"I came out of Wheaton in Washington with a more specific idea of what I want to do – and what I definitely don’t want to do – with my IR degree. If you’re not sure what you want to do with your major, or you just want to get an idea of what it’s like to work in DC, I would absolutely recommend doing Wheaton in Washington.”  Thea Boatwright ('19)

  • Sponsoring Department: Politics and International Relations
  • Program Leader(s): Dr. Kristin Garrett, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Captain David Iglesias, Director of the Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics, and Economics
  • Term: Summer
  • On-Campus Dates: May 13 - May 23, 2020
  • Program Dates: May 13 - June 5, 2020 (In D.C. May 24 - June 5, 2020)
  • Estimated Cost: $3,500.00 - $4,000.00 
  • Prerequisites: PSCI 135: American Government (or its equivalent); students choosing to take IR 374 will need IR 175: International Politics (or its equivalent)  
  • Eligibility: Wheaton and non-Wheaton College students with at least a 2.75 GPA, who have completed the prerequisite courses by May. First year students are strongly encouraged to apply. All non-Wheaton College students must supply a letter of reference from a faculty member at their home institution. 
  • Highlights: Sessions and interviews with legislators, policy experts, journalists, NGO leaders, and others. Students have the opportunity to explore the many sights that D.C. has to offer on the weekends!

Course Offerings

Wheaton in Washington students register for a total of 4 credit hours of required courses:

PSCI 358 Campaigns in Context (2 credit hours)
An examination of federal, state, and local campaigns with an emphasis on the politics and context of the November election.

PSCI 359/IR 374 Washington Workshop (2 credit hours)
Reflections on the meetings, briefings, and excursions in Washington, D.C.

Program Fees

The estimated program fee covers tuition for four credit hours, round-trip airfare between Chicago and Washington D.C., lodging in Wheaton and in Washington D.C. area, all weekday meals, ground transportation in Washington D.C. Students are responsible for the cost of any books, weekend meals (Saturday and Sunday) for the duration of the program, and all personal expenses.

Learn More

If you would like further information or have specific questions about Wheaton in Washington, contact Dr. Kristin Garrett, Assistant Professor of Political Science, at 630.752.5876.

How to Apply

To apply to be part of Wheaton in Washington, visit GoGlobal, Wheaton College's registration system for off-campus study and international travel, research, and internships.