Three Reasons to Travel to D.C. with Honors This Summer

November 13, 2018

As the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. has a unique personality. The vibrant city is at the forefront of politics, history, art and more. The Honors College offers students an extraordinary opportunity to live and learn in this fascinating urban environment for an entire month through the Honors Explorations course, “How Washington D.C. Works.”

This experiential course was developed by Honors faculty based on four separate but interconnected themes: social media and journalism; science, health and technology; government and policy; and arts and culture.

Students enjoy an immersive, month-long experience in the nation’s capital as they use a “City-as-Text” approach (where students engage in active learning through the exploration of an urban environment) to “read” the city with the help of the Osgood Center for International Studies, associated faculty and guest speakers, tours, discussion groups and activities.

Considering this Honors Exploration this summer? Here are three reasons why you should:

1. Enjoy a fully immersive educational experience

“How Washington D.C. Works” is not for passive participants. Students will delve deeply into each week’s theme and learn alongside noted faculty experts and exceptionally qualified guest speakers. Bring your learning full circle by visiting many of the topical historic and educational places that D.C. has to offer.

2. Embrace some seriously unique opportunities

In the summer of 2018, students had the opportunity to:

  • receive a personal tour of the new CBS studio by TCU alum Bob Schieffer
  • see the Washington set of CNN and speak to anchor Wolf Blitzer
  • speak with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)
  • gain an insider’s look at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum with Honors alum, Valerie Neal ’71
  • and more!

3. Gain a new perspective

With immersive week-long approaches to four themes, students will have the opportunity to examine issues from multiple sides while exploring places that only D.C. can offer, like the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. Engage in topics of conversation that you may not have considered previously and expand your intellection and viewpoints in healthy debate with your peers.

This program is one of three Honors Explorations offered this summer. To learn about our other programs and to apply, visit our Honors Explorations page.

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