Washington, D.C. - Freshman Seminar

Want to earn academic credit, engage with MSU professors, and learn more about a specific topic before you arrive on campus in the fall?

A Freshman Seminar Away could be the right opportunity for you. Explore unique topics around the United States as you travel with faculty and connect with experts to experience learning first-hand.  The seminar is held during the summer before you begin your fall classes, carries 3 academic credits toward graduation and fulfills the Experiential Learning Requirement for College of Social Science students.




2019 Theme: Community, Memory, and Citizenship

Program Dates: July 16 - 25, 2019 in Washington, DC

Early Application Deadline: April 15th, 2019

Application Deadline: May 31st, 2019

Housing: Virginian Suites Arlington

Course: SSC 290, 3 Credits

Program Fee: $900*
*Program fee is based on previous years and is subject to change. Students will pay the program fee plus tuition.

  • Program Scholarship

    To apply for the program scholarship, please send an essay detailing how this scholarship will benefit you and why you need this scholarship for the program. The essay will need to be a minimum of 1 page double spaced, but no longer than 2 pages. Please send the essay to sscstudy@msu.edu.

  • Explore Washington DC
    You'll become oriented to Washington D.C with a bus tour, explore several monuments on the National Mall, special visit to Smithsonian Museums , enjoy an evening river cruise along the Potomac and experience a variety of cultural attractions.
  • Connect with experts and national leaders
    You will have the opportunity to meet politicians, activists, and professionals in various fields in Washington, DC.

For more information, contact:

Office for Experiential Learning

College of Social Science
Berkey Hall - 201
509 E. Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 432-4541
Fax: (517) 432-0928