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January Term Study Away

The Jterm 2014 registration period has passed. Courses for 2015 will be posted in the fall semester of 2014.


Enroll in an exciting, intensive course in the US capitol this winter.

Undergraduate students interested in spending time at NYU Washington, DC may enroll for a course during January as a unique intersession option or in preparation for their time in the capitol for the spring semester. The opportunity to enroll at NYU Washington, DC for the spring 2014 semester is still available, learn about the semester courses, internships, and how to apply.

Additional opportunities to study at NYU during January are listed on the NYU January Term web page.


NYU Washington, DC

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JTerm 2014 Course Details:


JTerm 2015 information will be posted in the fall 2014 semester.


Tuition and fees           (4 credits): TBA

Housing, $TBA (arrival January TBA, departure January TBA)

Housing is guaranteed/required, students whose family live within commuting distance may be exempt from housing. A limited number of single rooms is available for an additional charge.

The President and Social Impact

Professor Paul Light - UPADM-GP 9221, Wagner School - 4 points (undergraduate)


Dr. Paul C. Light is NYU Wagner's Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service and founding principal investigator of the Global Center for Public Service, Before joining NYU, Dr. Light served as the Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, founding director of its Center for Public Service, and vice president and director of the Governmental Studies Program. He has served previously as director of the Public Policy Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts and associate dean and professor of public affairs at the University of Minnesota's Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He is the author of 25 books, including works on social entrepreneurship, the nonprofit sector, federal government reform, public service, and the baby boom.

His books include the award-winning Thickening Government and The Tides of Reform. He received the 2010 Herbert Simon award from the American Political Science Association for A Government Ill Executed: The Decline of the Federal Service and How to Reverse It. The award was for the most important book on public administration in the preceding three-to-five years. He is also a co-author of a best-selling American government textbook, Government by the People. His research interests include: bureaucracy, civil service, Congress, entitlement programs, executive branch, government reform, nonprofit effectiveness, organizational change, and the political appointment process.

Presidents have enormous power to create social impact. They help set the national agenda of problems, use their words and actions to convince the public and Congress to act, provide legislative solutions, and execute the laws. They face limits, too, including constitutional checks and balances, polarization, and what some experts call a dysfunctional Congress. This course will examine these and other issues that affect the president's ability to create durable social change. The course will also introduce students to the presidential policy process, and explore emerging doubts that presidents have any effect at all on solving the "wicked" problems that face the nation and world. Students will be asked to provide detailed advice to the president on a social problem of their choice, and will meet with policymakers in Congress, the executive branch, lobbying and polling firms, polling and interest groups to assess the key issues raised in the course. They will also present their proposals for presidential action to selected policymakers for review.


How to Enroll:

Current NYU students from any undergraduate college/school may enroll in this course via Albert using class #1104.

Visiting students (students currently matriculated at another US accredited institution) who would like to enroll should complete the online application (select January 2014, Washington, DC and your preferred course) for consideration, and send an official transcript including all college level work completed to:


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Phone: 212-998-4433

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