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Summer Abroad USA - Courses

Iconic American Landmarks in NYC and DC

On this Summer Abroad program, you can

  • Earn 8 quarter units in 4 weeks.
  • Enroll in UC Davis courses to fulfill degree, major, minor, or GE requirements as listed in the General Catalog.
  • Experience academic coursework enriched by both the program’s location(s) and activities.

Note to Non-UC Davis Students:

  • Students from other campuses should consult with their home campus to determine whether courses may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements. 
  • Semester students who will apply for Summer Financial Aid can get an additional unit to meet unit minimums for financial aid eligibility. Please contact Summer Abroad for additional information.


University Writing Program (UWP) 12 - Draft Syllabus (PDF)

Class Format

Your classroom experience makes use of the cities you visit to illustrate course material. Past participants describe this program as active. On a daily basis, you can expect to be moving about the city on any one mode of transportation: walking, bus, metro, or bicycle. The class generally meets 5-7 days a week. The program instructor will provide more details with the syllabus.

Earn GE credit! Some courses on this program offer GE credit. Expand the sections below to view course descriptions and type of credit offered.


  • University Writing Program (UWP) 12. Visual Rhetoric (4 units)
  • Throughout the three weeks of this program, students will be asked to engage the following question: How do the iconic spaces, structures, and monuments of Washington D.C. and New York City contribute to our abstract understanding of what the United States is as a nation? In order to engage this question effectively, students will be introduced to concepts of visual rhetoric and visual communication; they will be asked to apply these concepts to their analysis of elements of the urban landscape that they explore during course excursions. While fulfilling the requirements for UWP 12, students will earn general education credit for Arts and Humanities, Visual Literacy, and Writing Experience. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, VL, WE. 

    Student learning outcomes for the course include: Consider how iconic buildings, spaces, and monuments have a persuasive impact upon our understanding of the nation; Learn visual rhetoric concepts and visual communication conventions; Understand how and why different visual communication conventions call for different kinds of readings and interpretations; Develop a vocabulary for thinking and writing about objects, spaces, images, and structures; Gain control of ability to read, write, and think critically and reflectively about the rhetorical impact of objects, spaces, images, structures, and texts; Employ writing as a process, including drafting, revising, and editing; Develop an effective writing style.

  • University Writing Program (UWP) 198. Directed Group Study (2 units, P/NP)
  • Students will participate in a number of group excursions, keep a journal recording their responses to these activities, and contribute to a course blog.


No prerequisites are enforced for this program beyond the general eligibility requirements.