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American Studies (AMER)
Off-Campus Semester and Summer Programs

AMER 3053   Topics in Vocation & Leadership
The Topics in Leadership & Vocation course spans the entire semester and is divided into three sections including 1) Identity and responsibility, 2) The Centrality of Hope and Godís Kingdom, and 3) Calling and Career. With respect to identity, personal narratives will be explored to find oneís fullest expression and deepest sense of true place when we yield to Godís calling (vocation) to embed who we are and what we do within the larger Biblical narrative. Responsibility will be examined in light of desire to live Biblically coherent lives. Properly deciphering personal responsibilities requires the hard work of using the Bible authentically and connecting knowing with doing. The role of narrative as a framework for analysis when unpacking critical questions will be used. Alternative worldview narratives are also considered in light of the biblical narrative. In particular, the modern Western culture's claim that we must personalize all normative concerns will be examined. Responsibilities are viewed as being shaped by the institutional settings (through roles and responsibilities) that normatively structure the places where we learn, work, play, and worship. The centrality of Hope and Godís Kingdom is explored as motivations to be intentional actors of hopes is compared with obstructions or distractions from living Biblically coherent lives. Attention is given to view of hope as being justified and efforts not made in vain (in the reality of the Kingdom and Holy Spirit) amidst a fallen world marked by brokenness, disappointment, and suffering. Class 3.

AMER 3153   Policy Analysis & Advocacy
The Policy Analysis & Advocacy Seminar provides a detailed survey of the public policy issue of international migration. International migration refers to the movement-both emigration and immigration-of people across international borders. International migration patterns always carry important political implications for both the sending and receiving countries. Its study provides opportunity for learners to address critical questions pertaining to contemporary citizenship, democratic practice, equality, freedom, globalization, and liberalism. In this course, ASP faculty equips students through course lectures with the conceptual and analytical tools required to design a research agenda for a Washington, D.C. audience. Area experts and practitioners deliver professional briefings to introduce the myriad institutions and policy positions that animate three key public debates on migration economics: social welfare, security, and national identity. Early in the course, students choose a salient topic within the issue area. The research proposal the course's final project-presents a literature review on the migration topic, a preliminary assessment of how competing public arguments on the selected topic resonate you're your own (burgeoning) understanding of what biblical justice requires in this matter, and a strategy for engaging leading institutions and individuals in Washington, D.C. through future field work. Class 3.

AMER 3203   Entrepreneurship & Human Development Seminar
The Entrepreneurship & Human Development Seminar provides students with a detailed introduction to the unique community of partnerships emerging in Washington, D.C. among commercial, governmental, and non-governmental organizations. ASP faculty and guest practitioners provide a comparative analysis of different approaches to the design and management of these types of collaborations as they pertain to the global development issue of hunger/food security. Students are required to reflect on the biblical demands of justice as they pertain to food security, and how these demands ought to be translated across the different institutional roles and responsibilities that comprise these partnerships. Students participate in lectures, briefings from guest experts, and facilitated discussions that equip them with the conceptual and analytical tools required to design and execute a research effort resulting in a written and oral deliverable suitable for a Washington, D.C. audience. Area experts and practitioners deliver professional briefings to introduce the growing number of commercial, humanitarian and governmental institutions that are collaboratively engaged in national and international efforts to address the global problem of hunger and food security. Both national and international dimensions of the issue are considered. Class 3.

AMER 3253   Public Policy Project
The Public Policy Project supports the student-researcher to complete individual research projects from the Public Policy and Advocacy Seminar and fashion empirical findings into an effective advocacy agenda. The advocacy component is designed as a group project. Students organize into a small research team tasked with the responsibility of providing policy recommendations that address three key areas of debate on immigration, economic/social welfare, security, and national identity. Research teams conduct personal interviews from among leading institutions and individuals in Washington, D.C., as well as attend area briefings, conferences, hearings, and other events related to the policy issue. Support of their domestic policy recommendations must include international sources. The final project requires each group to present an executive summary of their findings and recommendations in a mock Congressional briefing held in a Congressional office building. The executive summary should exhibit a mature policy analysis and advocate a position that connects its findings with the authors' shared understanding of the biblical themes of shalom and justice in public (i.e. nonsectarian) language. Class 3.

AMER 3273   Global Development Partnership Exercise
In the Global Development Partnership Exercise students participate in key aspects of a research and development project designed to support strategic collaboration among stakeholders whose shared mission is to address a specific development problem or opportunity related to hunger and food security. Working as members of a project team, and in consultation with client organizations, students contribute to the development and delivery of a report and briefing (outlined in Project Description) to the client and selected project evaluators. The report and briefing features an analysis of specific food security problem, competing solutions to the problem and recommendations for collaborative action on the part of the client and its partners. The team project will be based upon selected components of research conducted by individual students in the Entrepreneurship and Human Development course. Criteria includes a requirement for the research team to position its analysis, strategy, recommendations on the responsibilities of collaborating institutions, and preferred outcomes within the framework of biblical justice as it pertains to food security. Class 3.

AMER 3301   Professional Mentorship
This optional course matches students with an experienced professional engaged in vocational service relevant to oneís own vocational aspirations. Monthly group meetings-consisting of 2 to 3 students sharing common professional interests-provide opportunities for you to explore further matters of both professional development and callings in your field. Meetings are structured, in part, around discussions a Supplemental Mentorship Text. The professional mentor selects the text, which is typically a novel or (auto) biography. The book serves as a basis of inquiry and insight into the challenges of weaving together our understandings of calling and career. Students submit a Mentorship Write-Up after each meeting, which includes notes from and reflections on the meeting. The first meeting between mentor and student is organized by ASP, scheduled to take place within the first three weeks of the semester. Mentors will schedule all additional meetings. Class 1.

AMER 4986   Public Policy Internship
The American Studies Program internship is a service learning opportunity involving both action and reflection. The purpose of the course is to provide students opportunities to serve in the marketplace and to reflect on that work to deepen faith, facilitate learning, and know more fully how God is calling them. Class 6.