The deadline for applying for the QU in DC Seminar on National Security has been extended to  Friday April 9

The deadline for applying for the QU in DC Seminar on National Security has been extended to  Friday April 9.    One more opportunity!!!

Take part in a one-week immersive virtual QU in DC seminar in which you’ll explore the protection of U.S. interests at home, abroad and online. You’ll interact with national security experts who tackle military, intelligence and cybersecurity issues every day.  You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and professional opportunities in this intriguing field.

****ALSO!  An EXTRA  Information Session for interested students  will be held on MONDAY APRIL 5, FROM 4PM TO  4:30PM.  Click here to join the Zoom meeting.

To apply:  go to 

 Frequently Asked Questions, and Answers!

  1. Is this a course?  Yes, it is a 3 credit course that is designed for the normal number of in-class hours. It will show up in your transcript as PO 311 as a political science elective course.   There are attendance  requirements and writing assignments just like a regular course.  But  it is condensed into a five-day intensive experience, running from 9am to noon, and from 2pm to 5pm daily, May 24 through  May 28.


  1. The Seminar happens in May — Is this a summer course?  Yes and  NO.   The  course  happens synchronously online May 24 to 28 –  for most of  the day, for each of the five days (see below). BUT, the course “counts” as a  Summer 1 session course.  We  will have one De-Briefing meeting in June.


  1. What’s the cost?    $200 course  fee (paid up front with credit card) and summer tuition  for 1 course ($2,400 plus summer technology and registration)


  1. Are there other benefits for joining this  seminar?  If you find international relations and foreign policy interesting, don’t miss it!  We will speak with experts (through zoom) from thinktanks, security firms and the U.S. government. We  discuss cybersecurity, environmental security, economic policy, and defense policy as all part of “national security.”    It also is a course that students may wish to petition for inclusion in their political science “experiential” requirement. 


  1. This sounds intense – a whole course in one week?   Yes, it is intensive, but that  is what makes this a very special experience!  The schedule for the five days is 9am to noon with major speakers, 2pm to 3:30 in an educational briefing to talk and ask questions with a major expert strictly for QU students, and then from 4pm to 5pm we have a discussion-based seminar with just students and a QU professor, to discuss what was learned.


  1. Can I learn more?   Yes.  You can email  Prof. Scott McLean at  Or Click at here and go to

And here is a longer description:

Seminar Description

The National Security 2021 academic seminar is a one-week immersive virtual course created in partnership between the Washington Center ( and the Quinnipiac Washington Semester program (QU in DC). It designed as an intensive academic engagement with the issues surrounding national security and the processes through which national security policy is made and implemented in the United States and around the world. During the seminar, you will hear a variety of perspectives from expert speakers. In addition, you will also “virtually” visit influential organizations across Washington, DC and encounter a diverse range of individuals who work to shape and implement the national security agenda.

The seminar week will be May 24-28 and hosted by the Washington Center.  Students should expect to clear their schedules and be fully engaged from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm each day (there are multiple breaks during the day). Additionally, students would need to make themselves available for multiple evening online professional development events.   The course is for three credits, requires 35 direct contact hours with faculty and speakers.  This course contributes to the acquisition of the scientific and cultural literacy necessary to be an informed and ethical citizen who can contribute to local and global society.  It exposes students to different perspectives and ways of knowing, and helps produce lifelong learners who can become leaders in their professions, in the communities where they live, and in their role as informed citizens of  the  world.


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