Washington Program


The Washington Program integrates work and study in a four-course credit program. All courses must be completed for a letter grade. Students will normally not have the credit/no credit option on any program courses. The program will permit this option only in extraordinary circumstances (e.g., serious illness) and only with the consent of both the course instructor and the program director.

Government 30: Internship in Politics. This course is an intensive internship in which students work five days a week. This full-time presence distinguishes Claremont interns from most other interns and allows them to be treated as regular junior staff and integrated quickly into office routines as trusted employees who can meet deadlines.

Read the list of internships Washington Program students have recently completed.

Government 125: Readings in American National Politics. This course examines how Washington, particularly the executive branch leadership, makes U.S. foreign policy. In practical terms, students will focus on the President and his interactions with the heads of the National Security Council, Congress, the State Department, the Department of Defense, and the intelligence community. In thematic terms, students will concentrate on the policies and politics that pertain to national security, diplomacy, development, defense, and intelligence. By the end of this seminar, students will understand the main domestic policymakers, institutions, and political factors that - - all in a Washington, DC context - - go into shaping American foreign policy. Taught by Professor Elizabeth Spalding.

Government 126: Policy Analysis: This course takes an advanced look at the federal budget in all its component parts, including defense and domestic discretionary spending, mandatory programs, and revenue. Students will learn how the President, through the Office of Management and Budget, puts together his annual budget proposal to the Congress and how Congress does its work to fund programs and legislate on the tax code. Most importantly, the course integrates policy and process with politics so students come away with a practical and comprehensive look at the federal budget. Taught by Professor John Haskell.

Government 127: Research on the Political Process. This course is a tutorial designed to produce a major research paper. Frequent meetings and communications between the instructor and each student cover everything from possible paper topics to the final draft. Since paper topics almost always relate to the student's internship, on-the-job supervisors or colleagues may also become involved in the research project. Taught by Professor Adam Wolfson.