LBJ School Washington Program Enters Third Year | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

The LBJ School Washington Program enters its third year with two summer graduate courses taught by nationally recognized practitioners as adjunct faculty.

Dr. Ruth Ellen Wasem, Legislative Specialist with the Congressional Research Service, will teach a course titled "Legislative Development: Moving from Ideas to Options to Legislation," where students will work through the process of transforming policy ideas into legislative language. David Berteau, an LBJ School alumnus and Senior Advisor and Director of the Defense-Industrial Initiatives at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will teach a course titled "National Security: Congress vs The President," where students will examine the vitally important role Congress plays in U.S. national defense, particularly at the critical junctures of interaction between the legislative and executive branches, including the White House, Pentagon, State Department and other federal agencies and actors.

The LBJ School Washington Program was launched in May 2011 with two graduate seminars. The program will expand to include a larger number of summer courses and will eventually evolve into a full semester of courses to complement D.C.-based internships, career fairs, alumni events and other programs.

“Our rapidly growing Washington Program provides our students new academic and professional opportunities in our nation’s capital, and remains one of my highest priorities for the School,” said Robert Hutchings, dean of the LBJ School. “We look forward to the continued expansion of the program and to the many benefits our stronger presence in Washington will afford our students, as well as alumni and other professionals seeking continued education in public affairs and public policy.”

The LBJ School’s connection to Washington, D.C. goes back to its founding 40 years ago by the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson. In addition to having strong roots in Texas, the LBJ School has long had a strong national and international presence. Hundreds of LBJ School alumni call D.C. home, occupying senior positions in the federal government, think tanks and many other institutions.

For more information on the program, including course descriptions, visit the Washington Program Overview.