Explore your passion for public policy and social activism by tackling the most challenging issues facing the United States and learning what it takes to be a changemaker.

This course dives into the laws, regulations, funding, people, entities and priorities that shape the United States and its people. From education to healthcare, criminal justice to the environment, public policy impacts every facet of American society. A crucial topic, this course examines current public policy priorities and their relationship with social movements. How is change happening in the United States and who are the stakeholders who are influencing and enacting it?

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 a governmental institution or body
  • Locally-based social movement organizations such as Center for Community Change, DC Fiscal Policy Institute or Institute for Public Accuracy
  • Museums detailing policy and social change such as the National Museum of American History
  • Historic building that housed a social movement such as General Federation of Women’s Clubs Headquarters

Guest Speakers:
Possible guest speakers on this subject include:

  • Local reporters
  • Policy and government experts
  • D.C.-based social activism organizations
  • 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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