Required at all campuses.
Summer School students will run a legislative body patterned after the U.S. Congress. This experience serves as a practical demonstration of the academic curriculum and a forum for student debate on contemporary public policy, as well as historic issues. During the course of the Summer School, you are required to select a policy issue (the death penalty, affirmative action, gay marriage for example), write an argumentative brief, and then lead the debate, for or against, with your peers. You are also expected to participate as a supporting speaker during other debates.
This exercise requires substantial research and an understanding of current issues. Your participation is graded and constitutes a percentage of your final Speech and Government/History grades. Students in the Freshman Scholars program dedicate part of their class time to Congressional Workshop debates