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Dr. Joseph Cammarano
Political Science Associate Professor
Feinstein 402 and Howley 313

Washington Semester

The Washington Semester Program at American University is a one-semester (fall or spring) program that offers eight different concentrations (American politics, foreign policy, global economics and business, international law and organizations, justice and law, public health, sustainable development, and religion and political security).  Class of 2017 students may only apply for the Fall 2016 semester.  Class of 2018 students may apply for the fall or spring semester.

Students in good standing from the classes of 2017 and 2018 are invited to apply for the Providence College Washington Semester Program.  The Deadline for applications is February 1, 2016.  Students from any major may apply.


To apply, please send the following four documents in a single electronic file to Dr. William E. Hudson, Chair of the Washington Semester Selection Committee by February 1, 2016:

  1. A cover letter stating the reasons for your interest in the Washington Semester Program, with a preliminary decision on the concentration you wish to pursue (see for details of each program).
  2. An academic planning form, signed by the Dean of your class year and your department chair, that proves you can complete all degree requirements while also attending the Washington Semester (request a copy of the form from
  3. A copy of your unofficial transcripts, including courses in progress (these can be accessed through Cyberfriar and saved electronically)
  4. A brief proposal for the required independent research project you hope to complete during your time in Washington, outlining your area of interest, how going to Washington can help you study the selected area, and a basic statement of a research question you would like to pursue.


All materials should be combined into one electronic file and forwarded to Dr. Hudson at no later than February 1, 2016.  Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by March 1, 2016.

Questions? Contact Dr. Joe Cammarano, outgoing chair of the committee, at

Dual Major Academic Planning Form

Single Major Academic Planning Form


Students should talk with the financial aid office at Providence College about portability of aid and with the office of Residence Life at Providence College about single semester on-campus living arrangements.


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