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Cultures of “Looking” – Experiential learning in Washington, D.C.




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Taught by: David Moscowitz

Spend three weeks living in the heart of Washington, D.C. while exploring a vast array of museums and government sites that showcase the U.S. to the world. This course asks how we as a society translate and present material to the general public and is a great opportunity for pursuits related to culture, media, art, history, nature, and science, including interests in community engagement, professional development, and public service. Immersed within the setting of D.C. and its rich resources, students will consider how our national institutions function as pathways that educate different publics about our shared communities. Students will consider different ‘cultures of looking’ presented by these sites as well as alternative ways we can interpret and showcase material for present and future generations.


  • Use the city as your “classroom” as you explore sites across the city and surrounding areas, including the U.S. Capitol, Mount Vernon, and selected Smithsonian museums.
  • Gain professional development opportunities and a platform for future work in community engagement and public service.
  • Live with fellow Gamecocks in a historic townhouse in the prestigious Capitol Hill neighborhood – steps away from dining, entertainment and cultural sites.
  • Open to all majors – no prerequisites or previous experience required!
  • This is a 3-credit hour SCHC course that fulfills your Honors Beyond the Classroom (BTC) , Honors Elective or Honors Humanities requirement!

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.