Experiential Learning & Independent Study

Immersed, hands-on learning is integral to Wake Forest’s holistic approach to education. To facilitate real-world engagement, the University has forged relationships with numerous agencies, organizations and individuals in the District, many in close proximity to the Wake Washington Center. Through opportunities like internships, shadowing and mentorships, Wake Washington students experience real-time learning unique to on-the-job immersion. To tie experiential learning with classroom instruction, students in the internship and study program also conduct independent research, making meaningful connections and providing cohesion to their inside- and outside-the-classroom experiences.


Dr. Katy Harriger
Director, Wake Washington
Professor, Politics & International Affairs

Office: Kirby 311
Phone: 336.758.5450
Email: harriger@wfu.edu

Faculty-Student Engagement

While the featured academic discipline and expert faculty will vary by semester, the inaugural Fall 2017 term of Wake Washington will focus on political science and international affairs, and will be led by the Center’s faculty director, Professor Katy Harriger. In the Wake Forest tradition of engaged liberal arts, a student might spend the day shadowing a principal in a public policy firm, and then engage in meaningful debate with Dr. Harriger and classmates in “U.S. Policymaking in the 21st Century” that evening.

Subsequent academic terms will concentrate on the disciplines of communication (Spring 2018), with Professor Allan Louden as resident faculty; art (Fall 2018), with coursework and internships led by Professor Bernadine Barnes; and politics and international affairs (Spring 2019), conducted by Professor Tom Brister.

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The Best of Both Worlds

See how a deeply personal liberal arts education fits perfectly within the pace, energy and endless opportunities found in Washington D.C.