USC Price School of Public Policy

Program Structure and Credit

USC students participating in the Washington Semester will receive letter grades and 16 units of USC credit. Depending on the student’s major, a student will earn major and/or elective credit. Students should consult their academic advisor to determine how units will apply to their degree.

The following are required courses for USC students:

  • Electoral and Legislative Processes (PMGT 4101): a survey course – 4 units
    This course looks at the process of democratic representation focusing on the development and practice of electoral campaigning and its linkages to legislative affairs, public affairs, and lobbying.
  • Practicum in Political Management (PMGT 4107): a skills practicum – 4 units
    Groups work in “real time” on a mock campaign or legislative plan for the United States Senate
  • PMGT 4187 Professional Internship – 4 units
    Students will learn what is involved in maintaining a position in the field of applied politics through field work and self-assessment and reflection.

Choice of one section of PMGT 4192 (topics below are subject to change):

  • PMGT 4192.10 Globalization and American Politics – 4 units
    This course explores the challenging global public affairs environment through case studies involving multinational corporations, NGOs, government officials, institutions, investors, and voters.
  • PMGT 4192.11 The Disruption of the Legislative Process by the 2016 Elections – 4 units
    This course looks behind the curtain to see how the 2016 campaigns, for President and Congress, are disrupting the work of Congress and those running for re-election for the first time.

Students receive letter grades and USC credit for the Washington Semester. It varies by major as to how the Washington Semester units will apply to an individual student’s major. Depending on the student’s major, a student will receive major and/or elective credit. Students should consult their academic advisor to determine how the units will be applied to their degree.

Program Structure and Credit
USC students participating in the Washington Semester will receive letter grades and 16 units of USC credit. Depending on the student’s major, a student will earn major and/or elective credit. Students should consult their academic advisor to determine how units will apply to their degree.