LCWS offers five to seven classes each semester covering a wide variety of subjects with students selecting two courses to attend. Each class meets once each week in the evenings or on Wednesday mornings before events.
- American Diversity: Issues in Race, Religion and Gender – (AD Syllabus- FA13)
This course will expose you to different aspects of American culture through a broad spectrum. You will use analytical and critical thinking skills to study major diversity issues in America. Discussion will focus on controversial issues essential to understanding the function of race, gender, and religion and how these factors have formed and affect the United States. It will also examine historical and current challenges and opportunities and discuss their current and potential impacts on you individually and on America as a whole.
- American Heritage Seminar - (Spring 2013 Syllabus)
This course examines the current technologies, methods and foundations of genealogical research to explore the complex heritage of the American people. Using genealogical proof standards, it will utilize investigative best practices, search through record repositories and online sources, evaluate evidence and documents, and explore the newest advancements in forensic research. Students will produce a credible research product tracing their own family history. Field trips will include the National Archives, the Library of Congress and the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) Library.
- Business and Public Policy – (Spring 2013 Syllabus)
Washington, D.C. offers a unique opportunity to observe public policy issues affecting business and management. This course will demonstrate the interrelationships between government agencies, such as the Departments of Labor and Commerce, the US Small Business Administration, and the Federal Reserve Board, among others, to major corporations, trade organizations, and the Congress. Students will meet with officials and discuss timely issues, learn how to lobby Congress on business matters, observe aspects of the global business community in the nation’s capital, and understand more fully the shaping and export of American capitalism.
- Capital Landmarks in Art and Architecture – (AA Syllabus- FA13)
Explores the historic significance of works of art and architecture in the Nation’s Capital. It traces the structure and design of major historic sites to the social, religious and political growth of the country, including government support of the arts. Students will study some of the most notable Washington, D.C. landmarks, memorials, and museums known worldwide for exceptional design and presentation.
- Conflict and Compromise – (CC Syllabus- FA13)
This course introduces students to conflict analysis, intervention and resolution through a variety of social movements, such as civil rights, labor relations, women’s rights, peace studies and the environment. Conflicts will be analyzed through profiles of prominent national and international leaders. Students will gain an understanding of the interpersonal skills, compromises, and negotiations necessary to achieve peaceful resolution of conflict situations.
- Controversy and the US Supreme Court – (Spring 2013 Syllabus)
This course provides students with an understanding of the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in shaping the U.S. Constitution through its most controversial cases. It will examine the history of the Court, discuss landmark cases and current controversial cases, and will examine the human factors that influence these decisions, including the backgrounds of the parties to and jurists of the cases. This course will enable students to analyze the quality of these decisions, to appreciate their significance in shaping the U.S. Constitution, and to logically defend or oppose them.
- Global Agenda – (GA Syllabus- FA13)
This course will explore the multifaceted political, legal, economic, social, and environmental problems confronting the international community in the 21st century. Among the topics to be discussed are environmental degradation, natural resource depletion, trans-boundary pollution, population growth, food needs, human rights, economic justice, arms control and disarmament. Especially relevant will be ascertaining what role the United States and international law and organizations play in dealing with these issues to contribute to a more stable world order. (For students with advance political science, history, and/or international relations background)
- Public Policy Issues – (PP Syllabus – FA13)
This course provides in-depth examinations of a timely social, political or economic issue, such as ethics in government, healthcare, immigration, the economy, or the environment, with topics differing each semester. It is designed for students to explore directions for government action and to critically examine the impact of government legislation and regulation on issues.
- Public Relations Seminar – (Spring 2013 Syllabus)
This is a hands-on seminar using the principles and theories of public relations. Students will create a communications plan, will apply appropriate tools for promoting public relations goals, and will apply intensive writing to accomplish these goals, including news releases, advertising copy, photojournalism, and effective use of electronic media.
- Violence and Values – (VV Syllabus- FA13)
Contemporary social problems of crime, violence, racism, and oppression, domestic abuse, drug use, and the death penalty will be dealt with in the context of religious values, such as punishment, forgiveness, life, and death. Students will have the option to do a ride-along in a patrol car with the Washington Metro or Arlington County Police.
- Independent Study -
Students may opt to take one course in the fall or spring LCWS as an independent student. This requires approval prior to the start of the LCWS semester in which they are enrolled from their academic advisor, their department chair, the registrar and the Dean of the LCWS.