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Five Pillars of the First Amendment

*This is a past Program. To see a list of our current programs please visit our current programs page.*

Program Details

Visit the sites associated in the Capitol City with our five pillar freedoms. Short lecture and group discussions, reflection papers and hands-on activities round out our study of the origins of and present state of the law surrounding the First Amendment. 


  • Be over the age of 16.  


Comm 3650 (unless taking it simultaneously with Comm 4500)


  • Washington D.C.

Program Dates:

May 22, 2023 - June 3, 2023


Cost: $2,699 (Airfare not included)

Deposit: $500

Suggested Payment schedule:

Deposit: $500

Janurary 1st: $500

February 1st: $500

March 1st: $500

April 1st: $500

May 1st: $199

Payments can now be made online! Visit this website for instructions on how to pay your deposit online and future payments. Charges should show on your account within 24 hours after registration. As always, you can pay with a credit card as well. To keep our trip costs low, we encourage the use of ACH Bank Transfers, or payments by cash or check whenever possible.

Includes: insurance, tuition, room and board, domestic transportation, excursions, and some meals.

Not included:  flight, incidentals, excess baggage costs, and most meals.


April 24 - May 15:  Two pre-departure meetings to discuss expectations, logistics, travel related details, etc.

May 22- June 3:  Travel to-from Washington, D.C.

  • Site visits as part of the course to National Archives; U.S. Capitol; U.S. Supreme Court; National Mall; Memorials (Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, MLK Jr., WWII, Vietnam War)
  • Debrief meeting before traveling home
  • One or two debrief meetings upon return.

Academic Courses

Students who participate in this study abroad program will be able to register for up to six (6) semester credits through Weber State University in:

  • COMM 3650 (3 credits)
  • COMM 4500 (3 credits)

Program Director

Laura K. Thompson,  Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator

Trip Cancellations

If Weber State cancels a trip for any reason, all participants will be refunded 100% of funds paid to the school. If a participant withdraws from the program for any reason, they are subject to the refund policy found on the first page of the application.  Deposits are always non-refundable, unless the program is canceled by Weber State.  No refunds will be issued 30 days prior to program start date. 

Refunds will NOT be given to students due to COVID-19 concerns. Before programs were canceled in 2020, every student was given the option to withdraw from programs without penalty due to COVID-19. This year students are applying, cognizant of the pandemic. Weber State will not intentionally place students into high risk situations. We will work together with Program Leaders and Departments on canceling should the destination demonstrate increased risks, be they from COVID or any other concern. As such, students must abide by the standard refund policy.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8715.