WESTVILLE | Purdue University North Central students and residents have an opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., from March 4 to 9, as part of a course that will explore the nation's capital and focus on the broader concept of citizenship.
Students may take this as a for-credit course and nonstudents can participate for personal enrichment. Students from other colleges and universities also may participate.
The course, Washington, D.C.: The History, Politics and Culture that Shaped Our Nation, gives students a firsthand understanding of the nation's capital. The instructors are Dr. Karen Schmid, PNC vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Laura Weaver, PNC service learning coordinator.
Activities will include a private meeting with Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter and a private tour of Capitol Hill provided by Sen. Richard Lugar's office.
Other planned learning activities include an observation of Congress, lunch at the Senate Dining Room, tours of the Pentagon, the National Archives, Arlington Cemetery and Mount Vernon. There will be a tour of the Library of Congress, with each participant receiving a reading card allowing them to use the library's vast collection to conduct research for the course. Participants also can explore many of the Smithsonian Institution's museums, and enjoy a group dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill, a popular Washington, D.C., restaurant.
There will be three pre-trip classes at PNC in January and February and one post-trip meeting in April.
Students enrolled for credit will participate in course assignments, various readings and complete a research project on a topic of their choice related to citizenship. Participants not taking the course for credit are invited to all pre- and post-trip sessions and may participate in course activities and discussions as they see fit. They are not required to complete any of the assignments.
For credit students will be required to pay tuition of $628 plus a course fee of $650. Non-credit students will pay the $650 program fee plus a $150 administrative fee. The course fee includes five nights in a Washington, D.C., suite-style hotel with full kitchen; a metro card used for travel while in Washington; two group meals and continental breakfast at the hotel each day. Also covered is admission to President George Washington's Mount Vernon estate.
Two scholarships of $325 are available for students enrolled in the course for credit.
PNC students register for this class through Banner for IDIS 491. Call (219) 462-4197.