The School of The New York Times: Politics/Punditry/People

Washington, DC


Get up close and personal with America’s political hub by exploring its culture, composition and career opportunities.

Whether or not you actively participate, politics affects individuals – citizen or otherwise – in and outside of the United States’ borders. This course looks into the composition of Washington DC’s political life, examining its institutions, the people behind them as well as experts, scholars and influencers who communicate to larger audiences. Students will explore the challenges faced by the branches of American government, learn about the current landscape of punditry and understand what it takes to build a career centered around politics. This multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

The program is geared towards students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college. From site visits and excursions to lectures by expert practitioners, the Explorations program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.

Site Visits:
This is a new course. Possible site visits include:

  • A visit to an important governmental institution or body
  • Important museums such as The National Archives, United States Capitol Visitor Center or Women’s National Democratic Club Museum
  • Local neighborhoods that have historical political significance

Guest Speakers:
Possible guest speakers on this subject include:

  • The New York Times reporters
  • Experts on Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches
  • Policy makers
  • Museum staff

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*
Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates: July 7 - July 19

LOCATION Washington, DC

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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