Elective Courses

“At the UC Washington Center, I had the opportunity to study political speech-writing with a professional DC speechwriter.”

Gabriel Mizrahi

Optional Elective Courses at the UC Washington Center

In addition to our required Research Development Seminar (Poli Sci/History/Soc/Comm Std M191DC) and M195DC, the internship contract course, UCLA students may take an elective course.

Each quarter, students can choose from three to five courses. An elective is worth four upper division units and the offerings change each quarter.

While the seminar is limited to the CAPPP cohort, students from all of the UC campuses at the UC Washington Center take electives together.

Classes Taught by DC Experts

Instructors are drawn from DC’s many communities of experts and professionals, including law, journalism, policy, international relations, politics, communications, and government. Visiting UC professors also occasionally teach at UCDC.

Elective classes meet during the evenings at the UC Washington Center to accommodate students’ internship work schedules.

Electives are sponsored by various UC campuses and departments in addition to UCLA; non-UCLA-sponsored elective credit will transfer to UCLA after the quarter’s grades are recorded.

Examples of Recent Electives

Communications Studies
Money, Media and Message: Road to the White House 2016 (Fall 2015)
Taught by C-SPAN Political Director Steven Scully, this course looks at all aspects of national campaigns, from the evolution of political parties and advertising, to the messages of potential ’16 candidates, the impact of social media and role of outside interest groups.

Politics and Policy
Language and Culture in Global Public Health and Risk Management (Spring 2016)
This course examines the complex relationship between language, culture, and medicine,viewing these cross-culturally through multiple theoretical and disciplinary lenses and within diverse cultural and linguistic contexts from around the globe. Some of the questions the pressing question in global public health that we ask and seek to answer: What role does/should culture play in global health approaches? How does language and culture shape medicine (however practiced) and medicine shape language and culture?

History
The Central Intelligence Agency: 1947 to present (Winter 2016)
Examines the history of one of the most secretive and influential organizations in the US government: the Central Intelligence Agency. Students gain a greater understanding of how the CIA was created, how it is organized, how it evolved, and how it used and abused its powers.