American Studies Program

Founded in 1976, the American Studies Program (ASP) uses Washington as a stimulating educational laboratory where collegians gain hands-on experience with an internship in their chosen field. Internships are tailored to fit the student's talents and aspirations, and are available in a wide range of fields. They also explore pressing national and international issues in public policy seminars, which are issue-oriented, interdisciplinary, and led by ASP faculty and Washington professionals. ASP bridges classroom and marketplace, combining biblical reflection, policy analysis, and real-world experience. Students are exposed to on-the-job learning that helps them build for their future and gain perspective on the calling of God for their lives. They are challenged in a rigorous course of study to discover for themselves the meaning of Christ's lordship in putting their beliefs into practice. The aim of the program is to help CCCU schools prepare their students to live faithfully in contemporary society as followers of Christ. Students earn 16 semester hours of credit.

  • The Washington, DC BestSemester offers a fall and spring program. Political Science majors and Pre-Law minors are encouraged to consider taking part in the program, in particular, students focusing on American government and international relations.
  • Department of History and Political Science faculty recommend students attend the Washington, DC BestSemester their junior or senior year. The DC BestSemester requires a demanding internship in which students will work a minimum of 16 hours per week.
  • Successful completion of POLI 150, POLI 160, and POLI 300 is highly recommended prior to participation in DC BestSemester, Study Abroad or Practicum.
  • The DC BestSemester offers 16 units of credit. Of those units, 9 are accepted by the Department of History and Political Science toward the Political Science major, and the remaining 7 are accepted toward a student’s graduation requirement of 120 units.
  • The DC BestSemester does not place students in internships, but instead, assists students in navigating the application process to secure an internship in the Washington, DC area.

For additional information, contact the APU Department of History and Political Science at (626) 815-3843, or visit