Summer Institutes

Summer Institutes offer an in-depth analysis of topics with a thematic focus. Each program incorporates unparalleled resources and key institutions unique to Washington, D.C. Students attend lectures and seminars by scholars and expert practitioners, conduct field study and visit sites as part of the rigorous study experience. For more information, contact Michael Gabriel at (202) 994-6210 or ccassummer@gwu.edu. Or visit the GW Summer Institutes web page.

Columbian College offers the following Summer Institutes:

Cognitive Neuroscience of Consciousness

What is consciousness and how does it arise in the brain? The Department of Psychology's first summer institute in Cognitive Neuroscience will offer students an opportunity to answer these questions. We will explore the role of brain rhythms in states of awareness, drugs as windows into the mind, and the foundations of the self in memory and theory of mind. Our curriculum will include classroom-based courses, a research practicum, field trips to imaging and brain stimulation labs, and guest lectures by cutting edge workers in the field.


Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Minority Communities

The Department of Psychology’s summer institute on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Minority Communities presents students with an opportunity to examine the role of psychological and behavioral factors in health promotion and disease prevention. The institute will simultaneously examine the critical associations of cultural, racial, and ethnic factors with psychological and behavioral health outcomes.


Historical Archaeological Field Institute

This two-week intensive field school offers hands-on experience in excavation and laboratory study of an archaeological site just across the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The city has several historic districts and developed the first community archaeology program in America. It is the perfect place to investigate the Shuter’s Hill plantation site and to learn about artifact identification and analysis at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum.