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The nature and purpose of this website is to assist students interested in the study of political science by helping them find resources provided by the University of Washington and outside providers. This information is forwarded to this blog as a courtesy and an illustration of possible resources. The Political Science department does not endorse or promote any specific products, services, or vendors.

If you are a student at UW Seattle who is uninsured or underinsured and would like to share your experience navigating the healthcare system through a 30-minute interview, 60-minute focus group, video clip, OR written story, please contact us at

We are a group of MPH students advocating for the reinstitution of a UW health insurance plan. Your stories will help us inform UW policy makers of the need for a student health insurance plan. Participants can earn up to $50.




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The department of French & Italian Studies is offering a new study abroad program in Winter 2019!

Italian Studies Rome: From Empire to Present Day - Language, Culture, and Society in Italy is a new program designed for a full immersion within Italian language and culture. It will attract students interested in accelerating their Italian language skills and their general knowledge of Italian culture and society. It runs for the ten weeks of the Winter quarter at the UW Rome Center and students, if they wish, will be able to enroll in Italian 103 when they return to campus. Students will be involved in city's events, with excursions around Rome and to nearby historical sites, such as Ostia Antica. Students will also engage in two field trips to Assisi/Orvieto and to Padua.

This program investigates the connections between the Italian language and Italian national identity, from Dante to transformations in contemporary Italian society...

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Tutor at an elementary, middle or high school in Seattle during Autumn  Quarter! The UW Pipeline Project recruits, trains and places UW students as volunteer tutors in Seattle schools and community organizations. We are recruiting tutors for Autumn quarter to work with about 40 different schools, and would love to have you! We’ll help you get set up tutoring in a K-12 classroom or community organization.  Tutors make a minimum commitment of 2-3 hours per week for at least one quarter. The schedule is flexible: schools need tutors Mon-Fri between 7:30 and 5pm. And we offer transportation to some of our partner schools that have the highest need for tutors.  ... Read more
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If you are looking for looking for a summer B-term course and are interested in learning more about the literature of our region, please consider ENGL 200 - Literature of the Pacific Northwest. Please email Megan Callow ( if you have any questions.

In this course we will explore a selection of literature written in or about the Pacific Northwest. Water is one thematic focus of the course because it is arguably an important character, perhaps even the main character, of so much of the literature coming out of the region. Through our readings and discussions, we will determine if such a thematic focus is indeed appropriate for this body of literature, or if it is only arbitrary. These thematic explorations will help us to determine whether there is actually a discernable literature of the Pacific Northwest, defined by certain boundaries...

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GWSS 290: Special Topics

 Gender, Migration & Education: The Immigrant Latina Experience

Course Description

“In 2017 the number of international migrants reached 258 million, with women accounting for 48 percent”  (United Nations)

This course is a critical examination of the changing social, economic, and political factors propelling Latin American origin women into transnational migration. Utilizing an intersectional lens we will explore the migration process from Latin America to the United States, drawing substantially on the work of feminist interdisciplinary scholars who have innovated, and disrupted traditional migration theories, which previously ignored the importance of gender in their studies.  This course is divided into two sections in order to best cover historical and contemporary intersectional experiences of migration from Latin America.  The first will examine recent...

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Call for Liberal Arts essay submissions—$1,000 cash prizes awarded!

Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) invites UW undergraduates to participate in an essay contest that explores the value of a liberal arts education. Cash prizes will be awarded to first place ($1,000) and second place ($750) winners in each category: freshmen/sophomores and juniors/seniors.

To apply, students must submit their essays to Gretchen Ludwig ( no later than 5 pm on Friday, May 4th, 2018.  Essays must be 500 words maximum submitted in a Microsoft Word document that is double-spaced with centered title and 12 point font. Submission for school consideration should include a WaCLA cover page down below.

2018 Liberal Arts Essay Contest
Sponsored by Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts

The Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) (...

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The Mary Gates Endowment for Students will host an information sessions this week about how you can earn up to $5,000 this year if you conduct leadership, research, or innovation activities.  Not sure what each of these activities are?  Wondering if your project qualifies?  Come to an info session and find out!

Date/time: Friday, April 27 at 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Location: Mary Gates Hall 171

All UW students pursuing a Bachelor's degree are eligible; there are no restrictions for class year, residency status, major, or home campus.  Another round of applications will be accepted in Fall quarter 2018, but it's good to start planning now! 

Begin the online application and learn more on our website at:...

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Summer A-term
Drama 365: Black Women Playwrights

MTWThF 9:40am - 11:40am
SLN: 11126, 5 credits

This course examines the work of several Black women Playwrights, giving special attention to the social, political and economic contexts in which their work was created and presented. We will take time to examine a range of plays with regard to form, content and historical context. Our goal is to uncover/rediscover the work of these women.


Valerie Curtis-Newton

Professor in Acting and Directing and Head of MFA in Directing, Professor Curtis-Newton oversees the Hansberry Project, a professional African American theatre lab.



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The Agnes C. Nelson Memorial Scholarship is offered to students majoring in either Political Science or Economics, who demonstrate interest in both fields.  One scholarship, approximately $8,000 towards tuition for the 2018-19 Academic year, will be awarded to a
student who shows commitment to these fields and meets the following eligibility criteria:

1.  maintain a cumulative UW GPA of at least 3.2,
2.  have completed 25 combined credits in Economics and Political Science, with at least 10 credits in each department,
3.  have completed 75 credits by the end of Spring Quarter 2018,
4.  have submitted a completed application form with all necessary attachments,
5.  be eligible for financial aid, as determined by the UW Financial Aid Office.

***If you did not apply for financial aid (submit a FAFSA) by the February 28th, 2018 deadline, contact the Financial Aid Office in 105 Schmitz Hall about submitting a late application.***


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