Alma College in Partnership with the Osgood Center to Offer College Courses Summer 2015


programThe Osgood Center for International Studies in partnership with Alma College of Michigan is proud once again to offer a series of college-level-approved courses as a service to the many students who come to the nation’s capital to study, research, and engage in volunteer experiences such as internships and service-learning during the summer term.

Given the demand of college students to make the most out of their time in D.C., the Osgood Center will provide a cost-effective option for students to be involved in productive activities during the day while in the evening engage in stimulating academic discourse with fellow students under the tutelage of experienced college instructors.

The Courses

The courses cover topics of greatest interest to summer students, including those related to American politics, international affairs, social and economic policy, and other important national and international issues. The courses are open to any undergraduate student in good standing who is currently enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education or who is a recent graduate (since 2013). Courses will begin the week of June 7, 2015 and will run 5 weeks ending the week of July 6, 2015. All attempts will be made for arrangements for students to complete coursework in absentia if required to depart before the last week of the program.

View the Course Decriptions and Instructor Biographies here.


Tuition for each seminar course enrolled is $995. This includes two semester hours of academic credit from Alma College. Students may be able to transfer this credit to their home institution. It is the responsibility of each student to make the appropriate arrangements to ensure that such credit can be transferred. Alma College will issue the appropriate transcript. A limited number of scholarships are available, as is the possibility of group rates for students from the same institution enrolling in one course. For more information, contact  .

The Schedule

The schedule for each course will be announced by June 1.  Courses taught in the program are generally scheduled to meet on either Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings. The courses will last 5 weeks. Most classes will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the Saturday morning courses will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Class Size

Class size is expected to range between a minimum of 8 students to up to about 20.

The Courses

The courses for Summer 2015 are:

Su-1       Ryan Dowd, J.D., M.P.A.              Human Rights in Developing Nations
Su-2       Adina Friedman, Ph.D.                   The Changing Dynamics of the Arab-Israeli and Middle East Conflict
Su-3       Amb. Sally Shelton-Colby, M.A.    Analysis of U.S. Foreign Policy
Su-4       John Kornacki, Ph.D.                     The U.S. Congress: Inside and Out
Su-5       John Kornacki, Ph.D.                     Politics, Power and Policy in America
Su-6       Richard Skinner, Ph.D.                   Politics in Action: The 2016 Elections
Su-7       Francine Blume, Ph.D.                    Seminar in Experiential Education
Su-8       Jack Kitaeff, Ph.D., J.D.                 Forensic Psychology

The Faculty

The faculty have been chosen on the basis of their expertise, academic credentials, experience in teaching in higher education, and their interactive style of classroom instruction. Faculty have been encouraged to invite guest speakers, create assignments that expose students to a variety of resources, some of which are unique to Washington, D.C., and to balance the class period with lecture, discussion, group projects and experiential techniques whenever relevant.

Course Policies

All course syllabi have received the prior approval of Alma College and most policies will follow those of Alma, except where circumstances warrant. This includes such policies as academic misconduct, attendance, emergency procedures, professionalism in class, and the like.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through the following website link: Seminar Application Form.The application requires an official transcript from the institution the student is currently attending or graduated from in 2013 or 2014. There is a non-refundable application fee of $125, which will be credited toward the total amount of tuition.

Confirmation of Enrollment

Courses will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional sections may be offered if demand is warranted.

Payment and Refund Policy

Payment in full is due by June 8, 2015. If a course is dropped between June 8 and and close of business on June 15, a refund of $625 will be granted minus the $125 nonrefundable application fee for a net refund of $500. There is no refund after June 14, 2015 for any reason. All refund requests must be in writing either by letter or email:  . If a course in which a student is enrolled is dropped from the schedule, a full refund will apply. Payment is made to The Osgood Center for International Studies.


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About the Osgood Center

The Osgood Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, educational organization. It has a strong, vibrant history, offering quality academic programming such as the International Model UN Conference, The Osgood Institute on the Global Economic and Security Order, and the National Security Council Simulation, to name a few.

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