What courses are required, and how do I register for them?

Students must take at least 12 credits in order to maintain full-time standing.  IIW courses are:


  • PS125 The Washington Experience (3 credits)
  • PS491 Illinois in Washington, Introduction to Internships Seminar (6 credits)

Additional Courses:

  • PS321 Principles of Public Policy (3 credits) – students must take PS321 or any other course from any department (generally in the form of an online course or independent study)

PS491 focuses on students’ internships and on career and professional skills. PS125 involves student visits to organizations and individuals in Washington, DC, as well as several social and cultural events.  PS321 covers issues and topics related to public policy, and is cross-listed with a number of other courses from other departments.

IIW will process waivers for students to enroll in the Political Science courses, but it is the student’s responsibility to register for coursework.  IIW also requires admitted students to attend a two-hour interviewing skills seminar on the main campus prior to participating in the DC program.