Enroll in an exciting course in the US capital.
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 2020 semester is still available, learn about the semester courses, internships, and how to apply.
Professor Patrick Egan - POL-UA 9994, College of Arts and Science - 4 points (undergraduate)
Monday to Friday, the daily schedule will vary. Students should be available from 9 am to 5 pm daily. Some weekend activities may be assigned.
In class learning will be complemented with guest speakers, opportunities to meet government employees, and visits to national museums and monuments.
This course will count toward the NYU Politics major or minor as an elective. There are no prerequisites.
American politics remains in uncharted territory as the presidency of Donald J. Trump enters its fourth year and as he prepares his bid for reelection. At the same time, Trump's election in 2016 and the events that have unfolded since have revealed concrete insights bout U.S. political instituion and Americans' political attitudes.
In this intensive January-term course offered at NYU's Washington DC campus, students will undertake an in-depth examination of elections and governance in the current tumultuous American political landscape. On every day of class, lectures will be supplemented with meetings with seasoned Washington policymakers and campaign strategists, as well as visits to Capitol Hill and other relevant DC sites and institutions.
With regard to politics, the course will cover political science research on how policy preferences, values, and identity affect vote choice; the shifting coalitions of the two parties, and how campaigns are being reshaped by Big Data, social media, and other emerging phenomena. With regard to policy, we'll explore some of the major challenges facing us as a nation, including access to health care, U.S. foreign policy, taxes and spending, and the national debt. We will focus special attention on the upcoming 2020 presidential nominations process and general election and their implications for politics and policy in the years to come.
Patrick J. Egan, Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy at NYU, specializes in U.S. political attitudes and behavior, and their consequences for public policy, partisanship and identity. He is the author of Partisan Priorities: How Issue Ownership Drives and Distorts American Politics, and his peer-reviewed research has appeared in journals such as Nature, the American Political Science Review, and the Journal of Politics. He is the recipient of the NYU Golden Dozen Award in recognition for his outstanding contribution to learning in the classroom.
Egan holds a Ph.D. in political science from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. Before entering academia, he served as an Assistant Deputy Mayor of Policy and Planning in the office of Philadelphia Mayor Edward Rendell. For the past few election cycles, he has worked as an elections analyst for NBC News as part of the network's Exit Poll Desk team.
Learn more about Professor Egan by visiting his website at wp.nyu.edu/egan/.
Dates: January 6 - 24, 2020
Arrival/check-in: Sunday, January 5th (between 9 am and 5 pm)
Departure: Friday, January 24th (check out before 9 am, class will meet this day and will end by 3 pm)
Tuition (4 credits): $5972
Housing, $782** (check-in Sunday January 5th, check-out Friday, January 24th)
** Students who have an academic year housing license at any NYU campus/academic center for the 2019-20 school year will not be charged for housing. The cost for JTerm housing in Washington will be waived.
** Students who have a fall semester 2019, or spring semester 2020 housing license with NYU Washington, DC, will not be charged for housing. The cost for JTerm housing in Washington will be waived.
Housing is guaranteed/required, students whose family live within commuting distance may be exempt from housing. Students will live in double bedrooms in shared suites. Each suite has a kitchen equipped for preparing meals, there is no meal plan. A limited number of single rooms is available for an additional charge.
Students enrolled in a JTerm course may qualify for forms of assistance through the Office of Financial Aid automatic review process.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the course is filled. Students will be registered for the course at the point of admission notification.
NOTE: Students who have already taken the POL-UA 9994 course during a prior J-term in DC are not eligible to enroll in this class.
Current NYU students from any undergraduate college/school may apply for this course. Log into the application with your net ID and password.
Visiting students (students currently matriculated at another US accredited institution) who would like to enroll must create an application ID to apply. Send an official transcript including all college level work completed to:
NYU Office of Global Programs
383 Lafayette Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York 10003
Students will be charged by the University Bursar for tuition, fees, and housing. Final payment is due December 3, 2019. Learn more about payment deadlines and refund schedules.
“I feel as though my writing and critical thinking skills improved more in this short course than in any other course I have taken.” - JTerm student, 2019
“Having guest speakers allowed us to apply what we learned with people
who interact with the material we discussed on a daily basis.” - Jterm student, 2019
"The integration of site visits and interviews with regular lectures was extremely effective and informative." - JTerm student, 2018
"This is probably my favorite class I've ever taken at NYU! I wish it was longer!" JTerm student, 2018