The Undergraduate Academic Program

The U.C. Berkeley Washington Center


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•Program Prerequisites
•News & Events
•About the UC Washington Center
•Research Seminar
•Elective Courses
•How to Contact Us
•Directions in DC
•Info for Participants
•Info for Alumni


The University of California Berkeley Washington Program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates from all majors to spend a semester (Fall or Spring) in Washington, D.C. pursuing full-time course work and an internship in their selected field. Applicants must be in good standing within their Colleges, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have achieved junior status (60 units) by the time their semester in Washington commences. Preference is given to students who have completed at least 30 credits on the Berkeley campus. All program participants must reside at the UC Washington Center for the duration of the semester.

The undergraduate academic program is a major component of the U.C. Berkeley Washington Center.  The Center also sponsors conferences, symposia, and policy debates, connects D.C.-based alumni with the home campus, and provides U.C. Berkeley with a physical presence in the nation's capital.

The UC Washington Center
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Students divide their weekly schedules between classes and an internship.  Each will work at his or her internship for 3-4 days per week.  All participants will be registered as full-time U.C. Berkeley students and will remain eligible for financial aid provided the minimum number of units is met.  The Center will work with the student and the Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility and adjust the financial aid package to compensate for the additional costs expected while in Washington, D.C.

The centerpiece of the curriculum in Washington is a multidisciplinary Research Seminar that integrates insights from student internships with presentations by guest speakers and class meetings that emphasize comparative methods, bibliographic research and analytical writing.  The Research Seminar is mandatory and is the core of each student's program of study; it consists of weekly class meetings and sectional and individual tutorials.  Making extensive use of local resources, students will design a research strategy leading to a substantial term paper that incorporates knowledge gained from their internship.

In addition, students will take one or two electives that emphasize a subject matter such as politics, history, public policy, the media, or arts and culture.  The topics vary from semester to semester depending on the Berkeley faculty in residence, the offerings by the other programs at the Center in Washington DC, and the availability and expertise of guest instructors.  The University of California, Berkeley, The University of California, Merced, University of Michigan, and Washington University in St. Louis share a joint semester curriculum that allows Berkeley students to receive Berkeley course credit for each elective offered.






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