Washington, D.C. GE Program

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The D.C. GE Program

Let the American Experience come to life as you visit and learn about the people and places that define the history and current events of a global superpower. Starting with early settlement through the American Revolutionary war, to the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement and other fights for liberty, democracy and human flourishing in American history and politics, this program will allow you to explore the victories, struggles and entrepreneurial spirit that have enabled American society to continually work towards "a more perfect union". 

Program Features

  • Weekly field trips to incredible museums, government agencies, embassies and historical sites in Washington D.C.

  • Excursions to some of America's most important historical sites, including Philadelphia, colonial Williamsburg, and other parts of the East Coast.

  • Opportunity to engage in weekly briefings with noted politicians, activists, and historians to learn first-hand about the most important issues and events in America history and politics

  • Enjoy incredible activities in Washington, D.C., including numerous free festivals, concerts, lectures and other cultural events

Program Dates

May 14th, 2020 - June 26th, 2020

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.


Tuition: $1,745 per unit (standard Malibu summer tuition rate)

Room & Board: $3,420

Required Vital Documents and Deadlines

Completed IP Document Submission Form (coming soon), including the following documents:

  • Passport Copy: due January 15, 2021
  • Health Clearance Form and Flight Itinerary (for flight exempt students only):
    • Programs departing in June 2021: April 9, 2021
    • Programs departing in July 2021: May 14, 2021
  • Visa Copy (for students requiring a visa only): May 21, 2021

Course Requirements

8 unit minimum requirement.

Course Offerings

HIST 204 History of the American Peoples (4)

GE: American Experience

  • This course provides a historical overview of the American peoples from pre-colonial times to the present, exploring the variety of the American experience in the context of political, social, and intellectual developments. Satisfies in part the general education requirement in the American experience. 

POSC 104 American People and Politics (4)

GE: American Experience

  • Provides a broad overview of the American political system, focusing on the historical and cultural context of its development. Intended to develop a basic understanding of the Constitutional foundations of the government of the United States, the role played by parties and interest groups throughout American history, the functions of the various branches of government and the evolution of their relations inter se, the methods by which public policy is formulated, and the role that diverse groups play in the policy process. In addition, the course seeks to enhance the ability of students to use historical and cultural understanding as a basis for the formation of independent judgments on current political issues. 



Updated: 11.12.19