Course Highlights

  • Stage a mock Presidential election and strategize a plan to secure your candidate's success or even campaign for votes as you run for President
  • Participate in a Senate simulation where you will champion your ideas and passions into legislation to become law, moving it from Committee to the Senate floor
  • Learn about the role political parties, public opinion, and special interest groups can have on shaping behavior and policies at the federal, state, and local levels

Course Highlights

  • Stage a mock Presidential election and strategize a plan to secure your candidate's success or even campaign for votes as you run for President
  • Participate in a Senate simulation where you will champion your ideas and passions into legislation to become law, moving it from Committee to the Senate floor
  • Learn about the role political parties, public opinion, and special interest groups can have on shaping behavior and policies at the federal, state, and local levels
  • W H E N
    • Late June: June 21-July 3, 2020
    • Early July: July 5-July 17, 2020
    • Late July: July 19-July 31, 2020
  • T U I T I O N

    Residential: $4,998 USD

    Extended Commuter: $3,398 USD

    Commuter: $2,798 USD

Overview

With the upcoming election in 2020, now is the perfect time to join the Summer Springboard politics and public policy course!

Immerse yourself in the American political system as you draft legislation to represent your political goals. Use your power of persuasion to convince others of the value of your bill and move it from your committee to the Senate floor. Negotiate with other political parties and special interest groups that are attempting to change or derail your bill and ultimately, a debate and vote will decide if your legislation will become law.

Students will have a unique opportunity to visit the Supreme Court. Additional excursions may include visits to a think tank, legislator’s office, or another policy-making organization.

Hands-On Learning

Immerse yourself in the American political system as you draft legislation to represent your political goals. Use your power of persuasion to convince others of the value of your bill and move it from your committee to the Senate floor. Negotiate with other political parties and special interest groups that are attempting to change or derail your bill and ultimately, a debate and vote will decide if your legislation will become law.

Career Exploration

Learn to think like a politician by listening to experienced professionals in the field explain the vast and diverse career options available. Visits may include meeting with a member of Congress or their staff on the Hill; political strategists from the RNC, DNC, or major campaign; policymakers from inside one of the Executive Departments (e.g. State, Education, Health & Human Services, Defense); lobbyists who advocate Congress on specific issues or for a specific industry.

Instructor

Dr. Christopher Faraone, Ed.D

Christopher Faraone has over 13 years of experience in the field of education. Currently, he is a history teacher in New Jersey where he successfully conceptualized, authored and presented curriculum for new AP Comparative Politics class. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Faraone is the head coach for cross country and track, managing 3-5 assistant coaches and 100 student athletes. He holds an Ed.D as well as a Master’s in both Political Science and Educational Leadership.

Note: Summer Springboard programs are not run by our campus partners. Universities and their affiliated departments are not responsible for the Summer Springboard program in any way.