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:

  • PMGT 4192 Globalization and US Foreign Policy – 4 units
    This course looks at the rise of globalization, how the nature of public policy leadership has changed, and how this leadership is exercised has become more complex.
  • PMGT 4192A HOUSE DIVIDED: Congress, the White House, Special Interests and the Media in 2013 Washington – 4 units
    This course will explore Washington’s shifting political and policy dynamics in a time of newly-divided government. We will examine the inner workings of Congress, the White House, special interests and the media and how the relationships between these institutions are changing, especially in the wake of the 2012 general elections.

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.