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International Relations 445, US Defense and Foreign Policy: Nonproliferation and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Summer 2016 in Washington D.C.
Instructor: Wayne Glass
Dates: May 23-July 1, 2016


USC's unique course on nuclear security and preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is a special opportunity for students to explore in depth critical national security issues of today with the experts and officials who formulate, manage, and implement relevant policies and programs.  Each summer, approximately a dozen USC students travel to Washington DC to meet with dozens of professionals both inside and outside the government.  During the four week stay in the nation's capital, students visit a wide variety of non‑profit organizations, think tanks, contractors, federal agencies, and Congressional offices.  Conversations quickly increase student's knowledge of complex issues and introduce them to the life of policy makers inside Washington's beltway.  For many, the course becomes a stepping stone to internships, graduate schools, and employment.  For others, it provides an inside view of the critical national security issues of the day from the highest and most experienced levels.  Following the month's stay in Washington, the students return to USC to provide professional quality briefings typical of those presented in Washington's policy circles.  The course is taught by Professor Wayne Glass, a veteran of Washington DC, who held policy positions in the Pentagon, the State Department, the Congressional Budget Office and the U.S. Senate for 26 years before joining the faculty at USC in 2002.

Click here for the 2016 application, which is due February 12, 2016.

2014 Syllabus

Program Costs:

Tuition: $6,664

Airfare: $330 (approximate)

Note: Students should wait to purchase airline tickets until instructed to do so, as courses may be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Housing: $2554

Additional Expenses: TBD

*Additional expenses include estimated costs for meals, transportation while in DC, and personal expenses (which vary greatly from student to student.)


For further information on this course, contact Ashley Bonanno at or Dr. Wayne Glass at, or call 213.740.9227.