As a Grinnell-in-Washington student, you take a 4-credit seminar course taught by a Grinnell faculty member and directly enroll in American University’s Washington Semester Program.

In fall 2020, the Grinnell seminar is entitled Human Reproduction: Evolution to Revolution, taught by Professor Vicki Bentley-Condit.

Our primary goal in this course is to examine human reproduction from a cross-discipline perspective – which may include biological, legal, political, economic, cross-cultural, health, and cultural aspects. We will often focus on this issue from the perspective of the individual who gives birth. However, we will also include some discussion of the male and infant contributions/perspectives. We will begin with evolution and basic reproductive biology and make our way towards reproductive rights, teenage pregnancy, assisted reproduction, and other issues that are currently in the news. Along the way, we will converse with experts – potentially ranging from liberals to conservatives, doctors to doulas, and pro-life to pro-choice supporters.

Vicki Bentley-Condit

In addition to teaching this course, Bentley-Condit will help connect you with Grinnell’s vibrant D.C. alumni network through a community host program, job shadowing, special events, and potential field trips.


AU’s Washington Semester Program consists of an 8-credit academic seminar on one of the program’s 8 concentrations:

  • American Politics
  • Foreign Policy
  • Global Economics & Business
  • International Law & Organizations
  • Journalism & New Media
  • Justice & Law
  • Public Health Policy
  • Sustainable Development.

In addition, you will participate in a 4-credit internship that will help you build a network of professional and personal contacts. AU offers several on-campus housing and meal plans, a U*Pass with unlimited Metrorail and Metrobus transportation, and access to all campus resources and student activities.


Interested students apply through Grinnell’s application portal for approval by the December 5 early deadline or February 1 final deadline. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the program is capped at 10 students so it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible. Students whose applications are approved by Grinnell then apply directly to the Washington semester program for acceptance by AU’s deadlines for U.S. and International students.

Grinnell-in-Washington contact: Alicia Stanley, director of Off-Campus Study

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