IR 445 - US Defense & Foreign Policy: Non-proliferation & WMD in Washington, D.C.

In this Problems without Passports program, students register for IR 445: U.S. Defense & Foreign Policy: Nonproliferation & WMD. This course surveys the broad spectrum of weapons of mass destruction, the international non-proliferation regime and U.S. policies and programs dedicated to preventing the spread of WMD. Students will meet with experts involved in the formulation of policy, including NGOs, think tanks, consultants, lobbying firms, Executive Branch agencies and relevant offices and committees in the Congress. Students will interview these experts on non-proliferation issues and learn first-hand how legislators, policy makers, and interest groups interact to produce and manage non-proliferation policies and programs. Back at USC, students will present briefings that propose solutions to the particular aspect of proliferation that they have chosen to examine.

Program Dates

Monday, May 19-Friday, June 27, 2014 (tentative)

Approximate Cost List

USC Tuition:

4 unit course at +/- $1473/unit= $5892


Check in on Sunday, May 25-Check out on Saturday, June 28 (34 nights)=+/-$1400 (tentative dates)

Students will reside in George Washington University Housing


Roundtrip Airfare from Los Angeles to DC= +/- $330


*Students in this program are eligible to apply for a Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) grant, for more info go to (excluding Seniors)

Application Checklist-All materials and supporting documents due by Friday, February 28, 2014 by 5pm in VKC 326 to Ashley Bonanno.

  • Application
  • Stars Report (Accessible on OASIS)
  • Personal Statement (2 pages max)- stating why you are motivated to enroll in this program, how this program may benefit your academic interests and future career aspirations, and why do you feel you are a good fit for this program.
  • Resume



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