Program Guidelines and Goals
The program is named in honor of Richard Lugar, Denison University class of 1954, who represented Indiana in the United States Senate from 1977-2013. As one-time Mayor of Indianapolis, former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Denison Trustee, Senator Lugar’s record is a model for all who aspire to engage in public service. Inspired by Senator Lugar’s legacy of academic excellence, distinguished service, and prominent role in American politics and foreign policy, the Lugar Program is open to students of all majors and partisan preference. International students are welcome to enroll.
The Lugar Program features two tracks. Track One focuses on American politics and public policy. It combines coursework in these areas with a congressional internship. Students must complete a total of four courses in American politics and foreign policy, including POSC 307 - The Politics of Congress and either POSC 214 - Doing Political Science: Foreign Policy Formulation or POSC 341 - The Conduct of American Foreign Policy. The other two Track One course requirements may be fulfilled by completing any of the Political Science class offerings in the subfields of American Politics. Students must earn a grade of C or better in each Lugar Program course. Completion of all four Lugar Program courses is required before beginning the congressional internship. Students may intern in any congressional office during the summer following either their sophomore or junior year. The Lugar Program will endeavor to place interns in the office of a member of the House or Senate. Alternatively, students may opt to participate in an approved off-campus program and intern for an entire semester under the auspices of their Washington program.
The Lugar Program will only sponsor students for congressional internships who have a record unblemished by serious disciplinary or academic infractions as reported by the Office of Student Development and the Provost's Office.
Track Two has been designed for students with an interest in international affairs and foreign policy, especially with an aptitude for the study of foreign languages and a desire to pursue a career in such fields as national security, homeland defense, weapons proliferation and foreign affairs. In particular, Track Two provides a foundation for graduate study at the Graduate School of International Policy Studies at the Monterey Institute in California, or at similar graduate programs that also require extensive language training. To complete the Track Two program at Denison, students must take two years (four semesters) of coursework in a foreign language. Although French, German, and Spanish are acceptable, students interested in the Monterey option are encouraged to study Arabic, Chinese or Japanese. Some coursework in a language could be undertaken at Monterey or another institution, most likely during the summer. Students must take four courses selected from the Political Science Department offerings in the subfields of Comparative Politics or International Politics. The minimum grade in each of these courses and in every semester of foreign language instruction is a C. Track Two contains an experiential/internship component that must be completed while participating in an approved off-campus program.
For both tracks, with the approval of the Director, one off-campus course may be used to fulfill Lugar course requirements.
How To Apply
Please complete an application form found either in the Political Science Department office, or linked to the Lugar Program Homepage (http://denison.edu/academics/lugar). For additional information, contact the program director: Dr. Andrew Z. Katz, Political Science Department, Denison University, Granville, Ohio 43023, Telephone: 740-587-6405 Fax: 740-587-6601.
Professor Andrew Z. Katz, Director
Associate Professors: Paul Djupe, Katy Crossley-Frolick; Assistant Professor Heather Pool; Visiting Assistant Professors: Dane Imerman, Wei-Ting Yen