Coursework @ The CALL

The CALL offers a core suite of classes curated to complement the students’ professional experience and life downtown

  • Professional Experiential Seminars offers students the chance to integrate their professionals experiences with their personal, academic, and career goals. Student can take an internship seminar, a studio-based practicum, or research fellowship to better understand their future paths.
  • CALL City Seminars allow students to experience the city through discussion/lecture, field trips, and meetings with community groups and leaders.  
  • CALL Workshops focus on skills, mindsets, and knowledge production that offer students both a better understanding of their strengths, and an competitive edge in their career toolbox.

Design your CALL

The CALL Classic: the Self Designed Semester

The CALL Classic offers students a flexible approach to how they want to shape their time downtown.  In addition to the CALL Core Curriculum, students choose their other courses that best suit their journey – be it fulfilling general education requirements, major electives, or just because it peak their interest.   Students are also invited to networking and mentoring events throughout the semester.

The Curated Semester: pick your track

The CALL offers curated semesters for students interested in a pursuing particular experience.   The curated semester offers a focused professional experience around a theme.  In addition, students take related coursework, intentional CALL workshops, and participate in specialized events and networks to deepen their expertise. 

FALL 2022 Themes


Pursue a range of paths within the legal field, gaining experience in a legal-focused internship and through relevant coursework.  An ideal opportunity for students, in all majors and schools, interested in attending law school.

Social Impact

Develop the skillsets and mindsets you'll need to take “women and men in service of others” as a career philosophy.  Through the signature Cause Consulting course you'll work directly with clients and gain the skills you need to become a mission-driven professional adviser.

Global Cities

Experience DC fully. Challenge yourself to better understand city and urban planning, governance, and communities in a global context by building experience in the global city you're in.


Expand your research skills in a mentored Humanities research-based professional experience that addresses the urgent questions of our complex world, requires innovative perspectives beyond departmental boundaries and the traditional classroom. 

Kalmanovitz Initiative

Participate in paid organizing internships while building your skills as a community organizer as you advance workers' rights issues benefiting the DC community. Connect with community leaders and learn how the working class is building a DC for all.

2022-2023 Course Options

Students first choose their Professional Experiential Seminar and CALL City Seminar.  Students can select to join a curated suite of courses, or select what best suits their interests. 

New! CALL Fall 2022 Courses

Professional Experiential Seminars

Professor Abigail Lewis + TBD 

*requires an internship

(4 credits) The CALL Internship Seminars offers students the chance to integrate their professional experiences with their personal, academic, and career goals. This is a required course for all CALL students. 

Professor John Trybus


(4 credits) There are many ways in which to make a social impact in the world, both globally and within Washington, D.C., and those who wish to uniquely combine both their head and heart to make a difference through their careers are needed. Within this course, the city, the classroom and students will deepen awareness of social issues specifically facing the Washington, D.C. area along three topics: racial injustice, food insecurity, and environmental sustainability. To do so, students will serve three clients that represent different organizational types within the vast social impact sector: a nonprofit, a foundation, and a socially responsible business. This class is based upon a project-based teaching model, in which you will learn by actively engaging in meaningful projects with your clients over the semester. You will help solve real-world problems with real clients. As you do, you will practice skills in critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication.


*does not require an internship

*requires a research project or internship

Professor:  TBD 

This course is a foundational experiential learning course, designed for all students irrespective of whether you are (1) interning at a Humanities-based institution conducting research or (2) conducting research for a professor and/or 3) conducting an independent research project.  

City Seminar Courses

Professor Rebecca Tarsa 

(3 credits) We live in a moment of unprecedented global urbanization, where more than half of humanity resides in urban areas. In just a few short decades, this percentage will rise to 75% with cities around the world will have absorbed an additional 2-3 billion people. And yet, during this globalized mega-trend, every city is host to unique communities, who reside in unique physical places and fosters unique spatially distributed cultures and economies. This course explores facets of global urbanization in Washington, DC as embodied and expressed by local people, local places and local networks. The expression of Washington, DC as a global city both supports and transcends its legacy and identity as national capital of the United States.  This course will intentionally not focus on Washington’s role as national capital. This course requires off-campus travel in order to visit sites and conduct field work; students will be exposed to a variety of methods of urban analysis.

(Humanities Program Priority)

Professor Uwe Brandes

(3 credits) We live in a moment of unprecedented global urbanization, where more than half of humanity resides in urban areas. In just a few short decades, this percentage will rise to 75% with cities 

around the world will have absorbed an additional 2-3 billion people. And yet, during this globalized mega-trend, every city is host to unique communities, who reside in unique physical places and fosters unique spatially distributed cultures and economies. This course explores facets of global urbanization in Washington, DC as embodied and expressed by local people, local places and local networks. The expression of Washington, DC as a global city both supports and transcends its legacy and identity as national capital of the United States.  This course will intentionally not focus on Washington’s role as national capital. This course requires off-campus travel in order to visit sites and conduct field work; students will be exposed to a variety of methods of urban analysis.


(Global City Program Priority)

Downtown Georgetown Courses

Professor Alison Whitmer  (3 credits) Urban ecology is a dynamic field of study exploring the interactions of nature and people in city settings. Over one-half of the world’s population lives in urban environments, and this number is expected to reach two-thirds of the population in the near future. Thus, it is critical that we explore the impact of nature on our supply of healthy air, water, and food, as well as the human impact of climate change, pollution, and habitat alteration on urban biodiversity. We will also consider environmental justice issues in the urban context. In this course you will read from academic texts and public media outlets, collect and analyze data, and explore the urban environment of DC through a series of field experiences. 

(Pre-Law Program Priority)

Professor Andrew Caffey

(5 credits) Utilizing an experiential learning approach, students are expected and encouraged to attend court hearings as a public citizen, speak to or interview practicing attorneys and judges, tour certain legislative facilities specific to Washington, DC, and delve into the real world happenings of U.S. law, theory and practice. The coursework is organized around modules that align with what students may expect to see during their first year of law school.

Professor Joseph Hartman  

(3 credits) “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”— The First Amendment to the United States Constitution—terse in its wording, profound in its impact, sits at the heart of the American conception of freedom. This course seeks to provide students with a solid grounding in the constitutional principles of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of association found in the First Amendment. In so doing we will assess and examine the evolving tests, standards and approaches found in the decisions of the United States Supreme Court as well as the theoretical foundations upon which these legal doctrines rest and upon which they are challenged.

Professor Marc Howard

(3 credits) Applying a comparative perspective, this course will seek to answer the following questions: Why does the U.S. maintain an incarceration rate that is seven times higher than other democracies, even though Americans are no more likely to be the victims of crimes than are people in other societies? Why is the U.S. one of the few democratic countries to sanction the death penalty? In other words, why is the criminal justice system in this country so much more punitive than in comparable countries? 



(Pre-Law Program Priority)

(Pre-Law track Priority)

Professor Douglas McRae

This course will explore the history of Washington, DC from the perspective of environmental history. Students will explore the history of the nation’s capital through its relationship with natural and built environments, from pre-colonial plantations to pandemic-era landscapes. Using the tools of the urban environmental historian, we will approach this broad history thematically, paying attention in particular to how questions of race and democracy (especially self-government) have shaped the District’s relationship to parklands, waterways, flora, fauna, pollution and pathogens. By the conclusion of the class that, in addition to demonstrating historical thinking and practicing critical analytical skills, students will gain an appreciation for the environmental history of the DC as well as a deeper understanding of how nature shapes the physical and cultural aspects in all cities.

Professor TBD

This course utilizes the ArcGIS software platform to demonstrate urban geospatial concepts. Lab exercises will highlight the real-world application of GIS tools to urban issues. These activities will integrate the physical, environmental and socio-economic attributes of cities and their surrounding metropolitan regions. A core component of the course is the development of a digital portfolio encompassing several independent mapping and analysis projects that will focus on the integration of geospatial information in critical thinking and problem-solving.  Research skills acquired in this course will be useful to students across many different disciplines as they employ spatial analysis concepts in their academic journey.

Note: This course has been developed to be taken in conjunction with UNXD 303 which is a seminar which introduces students to trends in global urbanization and explores the expression of these trends in Washington, D.C.  The seminar emphasizes place-based inquiry which can be supported by research skills developed in this practicum.


(Global Cities Program Priority)

Professor Nate Wong

(2 credits) This course is part philosophical, part practical, and part introspective designed to help students build a holistic understanding of how social change works, its potential ills despite good intentions, and how to understand our individual roles in doing good. Designed to integrate their social impact internship experience with their learnings, students will wrestle with the fundamental question of “what it means to do good” and how to navigate the inherent trade-offs that exist within a complex system. Students will explore this question through the lens of different roles within the impact ecosystem such as how policymakers may create better laws that protect and support residents, or how business leaders can steward its resources to invest in the communities they operate in, or even how activists use grassroot efforts to raise awareness to key social causes. 

 (3 credit) Intermediate and Advanced Levels will be offered based on need. 

New course in development.

Satisfies the HALC requirement.

(Humanities Program Priority) 

This will be an Earth Commons course 

This is a new course, check back for more information.

Professor John Hirsh

(4 credits) Introduced in the Fall semester of 2022, this course is an English Department elective that will involve CALL students in working with a young learner, probably one who lives in nearby Golden Rule Apartments or at a similar location, in what are called the Language Arts, which in this context will mean instruction and practice in Reading and Writing.  This is not a ‘homework program,’ though sometimes homework can become involved, and will require twice-weekly meetings between the tutor (the CALL student), and the Learner (the young person who is being taught), together with a once weekly Monday seminar with Professor Hirsh, in which we will discuss matters relating to pedagogy, learner progress, and discuss certain related texts, including essays by James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved.  


During the course tutors will get to know their learner well, and vice versa, and they will read and discuss books together, becoming most attentive to the importance of Comprehension as they do so. There will be a midterm, and throughout the semester tutors will keep a journal reflecting on their work, and compose a course paper on a topic agreed with Professor Hirsh. This class springs from, and is in its way a continuation of, what on the main campus is called Sursum Corda Tutoring, a course that has, for the past 33 years, involved Georgetown students in tutoring young learners from the area in which Georgetown Downtown stands.  It has particular relevance for CALL students because it allows them to contribute in a meaningful way to young persons in the area where they now find themselves, and to understand that area in a way that they otherwise might not.  

CALL Workshops

Professor Yuval David

(2 credits) This course fuses entertainment and art with activism and advocacy. The artistic approach is a distinct strategy to penetrate minds and hearts. Change society through entertainment, media, performance, and all forms of art. This course focuses on the process from inception to creation and implementation; how to do this and how to solidify and refine this approach, with attention to the intention, the message, the target audience, and the Production. How do you create content as advocacy and activism? It starts with self, self-identity, self-representation, and self-expression. It leads to community and initiates presentation, representation, and communication. Content Creation is about sharing a narrative – sharing a story. This workshop leads active content creators, artists, and creatives to Create Content that Creates Change.

Professor Collin Martinez Longmore

(1 credit) People of faith have often played a major role in social movements. Leading primarily with values, morals and personal stories—not necessarily detached data and theories—faith based advocates have proven to be important voices for justice, speaking truth to power. As an organizationfter being founded 50 years ago by Catholic Sisters, NETWORK Lobby continues the tradition of faith-based advocacy by forming justice-seekers of all backgrounds to help shape federal policies that promote justice and the dignity of all. This course will equip justice-seekers to effectively advocate for a more just society through the tools of education, organizing and lobbying.

Professor Judith Warner

(1 credit) This class will give you the opportunity, in a supportive, creatively-minded, yet critically-rigorous environment to develop your writing voices and think about what it means to use them well. You will learn how to hone ideas that are both personally meaningful and socially resonant. To observe yourselves and your environments with distance, making “the familiar strange.” You’ll learn to balance a desire for personal authenticity with an awareness of other people’s sensibilities. And you will work together as a workshop community to create a safe space for taking creative risks, learning by trial and error, and expressing heartfelt opinions both boldly and respectfully. The skills you will learn in structuring your thoughts, building careful arguments, and balancing personal and critical reflection, will serve you in all of your college classes – and beyond. Because the ability to speak and be heard – while listening to and truly hearing others — is crucial in any field of study and any professional or social setting. 

Professor Rachel Milner Gillers

(1 credit) Mediation, a collaborative process for resolving disputes, helps parties avoid litigation and come to a mutually agreeable solution. This interactive, simulation-based course will raise your awareness of your own approach to conflict, introduce theories about mediation and participatory processes, and will help you build skills necessary for managing conflict. Whether you are planning to be an attorney, policy advisor or entrepreneur, this program will help you build essential active listening and consensus building tools. The hands-on nature of this class provides participants with an opportunity to work closely with each other and with the instructor. Students in this course may have the opportunity to observe live court-based mediations in the D.C. court system.


(Pre-Law Program Priority)

Professors Vicki Girard, Deb Perry & Lisa Kessler

Through the lens of the Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance, this 1-credit course will introduce you to the Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) model of healthcare delivery. MLP is an innovative approach to healthcare that recognizes that some barriers to good health have legal remedies. In an MLP, doctors and other healthcare professionals work with lawyers to improve the health and lives of vulnerable populations in ways that neither medicine nor law can alone. This class will provide foundational knowledge about MLPs and how their collaborative approach to health and justice can be used to improve the lives of historically underserved and marginalized communities of color.

Professor Kristie Kenney

(1 credit) This workshop focuses on speaking skills and offers students both a better understanding of their strengths, and a competitive edge in their career toolbox. Being able to communicate your thoughts/ideas and to connect with others is an essential skill for a successful career and in life. In a supportive atmosphere, we’ll practice speaking in small settings, such as staff meetings, speaking to motivate/thank staff, giving longer speeches, and talking to the press.  We will also discuss tips for unexpected speaking opportunities and strategies to overcome stage fright.

Professor Bill Cessato

(1 credit) New course in development. TBD.

Coming Soon - CALL Spring 2023 Classes

Professional Experiential Seminars

UNXD 250 I CALL Internship Seminar

*requires an internship


City Seminar Courses

To be posted soon!

Downtown Georgetown Courses

To be posted soon!


CALL Workshops

To be posted soon!

Ready to apply?

Talk to your Academic Advising Dean on whether the CALL makes sense with your current course load and class standing.

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FALL 2022 Themes