Graduate Studies

Students enrolling in Graduate School courses associated with The University of Texas System’s Archer Center must be admitted to the summer program in public policy at the Archer Center in Washington, DC. Coursework will take place at the Archer Center, 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC.

The program provides an opportunity to live and work in Washington, DC, and is a unique educational experience for graduate students interested in American government. The curriculum consists of an internship with a federal government-related agency or organization and coursework to complement the internship experience.

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2017–2018 and 2018–2019; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

Graduate School: GRS

GRS 382. Inside View of the Federal Policymaking Process.

Restricted to students participating in the Archer Center graduate program in public policy. On-the-ground and behind-the-scenes study of the federal policymaking process and the institutions and people that comprise the federal government. Sampling of literature on federal government dynamic and face-to-face interaction with individuals from the major institutions that participate in federal governance. Discussion and analysis of information gathered from meetings with officials from Congress, the White House, executive branch agencies, lobbying firms, nongovernmental organizations, think tanks, interest groups, and the media. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Taught in Washington, DC, during the summer session. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

GRS 385. Archer Center Independent Study and Research.

Restricted to students admitted to the Archer Center program in public policy. Tailored to individual students' graduate programs of study. An Archer Center faculty member will work independently with each student to develop a research project that is designed to advance the student's academic and research goals. The project will align with the requirements of the student's graduate degree. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Taught in Washington, DC during the summer session. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

GRS 392, 692. Archer Center Washington Internship.

Restricted to students participating in the Archer Center program in public policy. Internship with a federal government-related agency or organization in Washington, DC, facilitated through the Archer Center's program in public policy. Students select their internships and are supervised by a UT Austin faculty member. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week or six lecture hours a week for one semester. Taught in Washington, DC, during the summer session. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

GRS 097. Teaching Assistant Fundamentals.

Skills, behavior, and strategies for effective college teaching. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.