Summer 2020 Program Update Community of Scholars is Moving Online!

For summer 2020, Community of Scholars is shifting online, utilizing the best techniques of both live and asynchronous instruction via AU’s Blackboard platform. The courses will be taught by highly regarded AU faculty in small, interactive classes. Our dedicated faculty and staff will strive to ensure continuity of the program’s high-quality and interactive teaching and programming. Beyond the classroom, students will participate in several virtual experiences, including briefings with officials from Washington institutions, an SIS alumni panel discussion, and talks hosted by professional staff at AU’s Career Center and Undergraduate Admissions.  

July 6 to 24, 2020
Class times
10 a.m. -- 1 p.m. Eastern (M, TU, TH) Live sessions plus asynchronous instruction throughout the three weeks. 
Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA
$2,700 for the 3-credit program
Application Deadline
Extended to May 15, or until all spots are filled


Summer 2021

The application for Summer 2021 will be available in November.  

Course Offerings

Students choose one of the following course options.

Difference, particularly cultural difference, is the source of many conflicts in international relations. This course will explore conceptual components and theories of conflict, culture, and conflict resolution—with a special focus on the role that culture plays in both starting and resolving conflicts. An in-depth examination of contemporary international conflicts will be used as illustrative case-studies. The class will then bridge the gap between interpersonal, group, and international conflicts by exploring strategies of conflict resolution and cross-cultural understanding.

How does the U.S. government confront dictators, maintain allies, and protect the nation from international threats to national security? This course will introduce the major departments, agencies, and actors within the government involved in foreign policy and national security. It will explore how they operate in the new strategic environment by considering major threats and issues facing the United States today, from terrorists to rogue states to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The course will also address the conflicting goals, agendas, and trade-offs present in any foreign and national security policy. Debating the range of policy options, students will explore how the U.S. might best act to enhance U.S. national security and international position.