Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS)

The Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS) is a small, personalized internship program through which students can pursue academic and professional opportunities in the nation’s capital.  As a consortium of thirteen institutions of higher education, LCWS brings students together from across the country, and around the world, for experiential learning opportunities in Washington, D.C.  Fall and spring semester students intern four full days per week for fourteen weeks.  Through the internship, students strengthen their skills, deepen their understanding of the professional world, and gain unparalleled experience that will set them apart when seeking full-time employment after graduation.  Students also pursue two academic courses in a variety of subject areas to augment their professional endeavors.  The coursework and the internship complement one another, enabling students to gain valuable insight and experience in their chosen field of study.  Upon successful completion of the semester, students earn up to 14 units of academic credit. 

LCWS encourages students to become active and engaged citizens.  Through professional engagement, academic inquiry, and wholehearted participation in the day-to-day life of Washington, D.C., students gain a new perspective on what it means to be an active member of society in a culturally diverse world.  Students of the program leave Washington, D.C., with a newfound confidence in who they are and a better sense of their purpose in life.

To more infomation about this program, please contact Dr. Russell Dawn.

LCWS 301   Violence and Values   3 Units

This course will explore the presence of violence and criminality in our lives and culture, as well as the values society holds concerning violence and criminal deviance. The course will also cover the methods used to prevent, control and respond to violence and criminality. Why are we violent? Do we tolerate, or even embrace, violence? How does our criminal justice system work, and what are the ideals and barriers that affect how justice is dispensed? These and other questions will be explored and discussed by the class, and by criminal justice and social services professionals who work in the field with victims and perpetrators.

LCWS 302   Public Policy Issues   3 Units

This course provides in-depth examinations of timely social, political and economic issues, 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.

LCWS 303   Art of Communications in the Nation's Capital   3 Units

The Art of Communication in the Nation’s Capital explores the role that communication plays in Washington, D.C., within the context of strategic communication. This seminar examines how the media landscape in Washington affects campaigns and media strategies, as well as the everyday challenges professionals face working in the 21st century news media environment. The course will examine the role of communication in politics, advocacy and public communication. Students will analyze, interpret and evaluate the best ways to communicate with various target audiences.

LCWS 304   Washington Theater Experience   3 Units

Although known primarily for government and politics, Washington, D.C., is one of the extraordinary cultural capitals of the world. The breadth and diversity of its many theatres, and the high quality of its performing arts productions, makes it an ideal laboratory to learn about the multiple dimensions of the theatre. Not only does Washington, D.C., attract renowned shows and plays with internationally recognized artists, but the city also lends itself to pre-Broadway productions, experimental theatre, and programs reflecting the rich cultural, racial and ethnic diversity of the city. In this course, students will attend several live productions, critique them, and explore how a theatre company is created and managed. Topics will include the history of the theatre as an art form, directors, actors, producers, technical production, marketing & sales, fundraising & development, and theatre management, among others.

LCWS 305   American Diversity: Issues in Race, Religion and Gender   3 Units

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.

LCWS 306   Conflict Management and Resolution   3 Units

The management of conflicts and their resolutions calls for students to explore processes, methods and means beyond litigation or legislation. This course is presented from a skilled practitioner’s perspective, not from a fixed science or theory. Case studies and examples of international, domestic, labor/management, discrimination, public policy, education, and health care disputes will be examined to appreciate their uniqueness and complexity. At the heart of each conflict are people who bring their own agendas and priorities about how and why the conflict should be resolved on their terms. This underscores the challenge for every conflict manager. As such, methods of managing disputes, including constructive dialogue, negotiations, accommodation and compromise, will be examined with an eye towards long lasting agreements and conflict resolution. In addition, students will explore third-party processes that assist disputant parties, such as fact-finding, facilitation, mediation and arbitration. Interactive exercises will be employed to enable students to gain hands-on experience in representing divergent positions, and to demonstrate the importance of identifying common interests to achieve constructive outcomes.

LCWS 307   Controversy and the US Supreme Court   3 Units

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 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.

LCWS 308   Global Agenda   3 Units

This course will explore the domestic and international forces that shape the complex and multifaceted political, legal, economic, and social problems confronting the United States in its quest for a stable world order. Included among the topics are human rights, conflict and conflict resolution; arms control; globalization; and trade. (For students with advance political science, history, and/or international relations background.)

LCWS 490   Internship: Lutheran College Washington Semester   1-8 Units