American Studies

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The American Studies Program (ASP) is an intensive semester during which students explore current national and international issues in public policy seminars. Leading Washington professionals and our excellent faculty offer you one-of-a-kind instruction. You'll also build a solid foundation for your future through your on-the-job experiences. Depending on your major and interests, you will intern in places like:

  • congressional offices,
  • social service agencies,
  • think tanks,
  • cultural institutions,
  • or many other organizations

You will build the framework for your future as you integrate faith, living and learning with critical political and ethical issues facing our nation. For more information, check out Bestsemester: American Studies.

Student Life

The American Studies Program is located on Capitol Hill and operates its own housing unit in which all ASP students live and study. Students live eight blocks from the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress. Within easy walking distance is the Eastern Market, Union Station, and the Smithsonian museums along the National Mall. Buses, metro trains, and taxis are readily available. Note that additional costs of the program include food and transportation costs.


Internship (20-30 hrs/wk) 6
Topics in Leadership & Vocation 3
Professional Mentorship (optional) 1


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How to Apply:

1. Select your program and complete the application found on this page of the CCCU BestSemester website. Please note the deadlines.

2. Notify the International Office of your intent to participate by contacting Mindi Stevenson at by October 1st (spring semester deadline) or February 1st (fall semester deadline).

For more information, contact:

Mindi Stevenson
International Education Coordinator
John Brown University


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