Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS)

1025 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209

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Discover Your Passions

LCWS helps students make the most of their time outside of the office and classroom by facilitating meaningful semester experiences through the Washington Experience Module (WEM).  The Washington Experience Module, a core component of the fall and spring semester programs, is designed to encourage students to explore their interests and passions in the context of Washington, D.C.  Through the Washington Experience Module, students choose an emphasis area for their semester: cultural, political, or professional.  Within those emphases, students have the power to pick and choose a variety of activities that will count towards their completion of the Module.  The Module empowers students to take ownership over their semester experience by encouraging them to think reflectively on their interests, and providing structured opportunities for them to deepen their understanding of those interests in relation to Washington, D.C.  Through community service work, political activism, and professional development seminars, students will explore culture, politics, or career planning in one of the most culturally diverse, politically driven, and professionally-minded cities in the world.

Emphasis Areas

Cultural Emphasis

Students in this track will:

  • Immerse themselves in the D.C. community.

  • Become more socially engaged in the cultures and communities around them.

  • Hone their cross-cultural literacy as citizens of the world.

 

To achieve these objectives, students in the Cultural Emphasis will have the opportunity to meet with members of the D.C. community; attend cultural festivals; explore D.C.’s culinary scene; experience arts and music in a vibrant urban environment; and more!  Each student in this track will be able to customize their WEM experience by choosing activities that most appeal to them.

Political Emphasis

Students in this track will:

  • Refine their knowledge and understanding of politics and policy in Washington, DC, including an appreciation for the historical context which led the current political environment.

  • Hone their political skills and expand their network of contacts through political and/or advocacy group service activities.

  • Identify, refine and advance their political and/or public policy career goals through contact with relevant organizations and/or Washington, DC professionals.

 

To achieve these objectives, students in the Political Emphasis will have the opportunity to attend a Congressional hearing; meet with advocacy groups; network with political professionals working in the field; and more!  Students will have an opportunity to pick and choose the political development activities that most appeal to them and their interests. 

Professional Emphasis

Students in this track will:

  • Identify their career goals.

  • Hone professional skills needed to achieve those goals.

  • Build their professional network.

 

To achieve these objectives, students in the Professional Emphasis will have the opportunity to network in Metro-D.C.; shadow professionals in the field; create a professional network mind map; pursue professional development classes or seminars; and more!  Each student in this track will be able to pick and choose the professional development activities they would like to complete to meet their WEM requirements.

Washington Experience Module