America in Global Context

George Mason University is a university for the world. Located in the nation’s capital and boasting alumni and faculty with access to the highest reaches of political, corporate, and government power in the U.S. and abroad. The Office of Global and International Strategies offers exceptional programming for students seeking to understand American culture more fully, draw connections to their own culture, and experience the unique perspective Washington, DC provides.

Throughout the three-week program, students will learn from leading faculty on topics of American Culture, American History and Politics, and American Business and the global realities influencing each. Lessons will be followed by group assignments and provide opportunities for collaboration with students from different countries and perspectives.

Lectures will relate to two main themes throughout this intensive three-week period. Students will receive a total of forty (40) hours of academic lectures, will be required to complete assessments as assigned, and will receive a Certificate of Participation upon completion.


American Politics and Society
A consideration of the United States in its social and political contexts. Lectures and seminars include an analysis of the historical, philosophical, and political foundations of American society. Consideration of contemporary issues is of major importance.

American Economy and Business
Provides students with a foundation for understanding the role of business in society by exploring the nature and history of business enterprise, the social context of business, and the interaction of individuals with business by selecting current events in business and analyzing the content as well as the impact of the reported activities.


Morning lectures will provide students with key concepts and analytical tools whereas afternoons seminars will help students use those tools and apply them to specific empirical situations. Additional site-visits to cultural destinations, local businesses, and government offices will provide rich context to lessons and students’ assignments.

2015 Program Schedule (tentative)


Along with daily academic lessons, visits to cultural sites are important elements of the Summer Program. Students will meet for day trips to local museums and heritage sites across Washington, DC and New York City, providing rich context to students about the historical and current-day American culture.


The America in Global Context Program runs from July 17 – August 6 and costs $3,000. (Updated Price!)

  • The program fee includes tuition, group excursions, housing, airport pickup/dropoff and supplemental insurance.
  • Airfare to/from Washington, DC, passport and visa fees, meals, and other individual expenses are not included in this cost.