Nitze Alumni: Where are they now?

Lisa in the Peace Corps in Kenya

The world finds Nitze Scholars in a wide range of walks of life. Cookie cutters have their place...in the kitchen.

The Nitze Experience

JaVon and Emily learning how things work in Senegal

The Paul H. Nitze Program offers:

  • three special seminars for each student
  • cultural outings to DC/Baltimore paid for by the program
  • special meetings with high-profile campus visitors
  • an international study tour paid for by the program
  • a stipend of $3000 per year for participants

NITZ 180 - Leadership Seminar I  (syllabi excerpts)

NITZ 181 - Leadership Tutorial

NITZ 280 - Leadership Seminar II  (syllabi excerpts)

First semester:

All entering Nitze Scholars enroll in NITZ 180--Leadership Seminar I. This seminar is the introduction to the program. Although its topic varies from year to year depending on the professor who teaches it, the underlying concerns remain the same. Students study how people create worldviews to make sense of their experiences and to gain control of their lives, and how these worldviews are modified and replaced by others. They investigate how leaders arise, how they interact with their communities, and how forms of leadership differ in different times, cultures, and disciplines of study.

The Leadership Seminars rotate among professors from different disciplines at St. Mary's College. Since all fields are attempts to ‘map' the world and to shape experience, professors from a wide variety of fields have a stake in and a commitment to the Program.

Second semester:

The leadership seminar is followed by a 2-credit NITZ 181--Leadership Tutorial, taught by the director or assistant director of the NSP.  

Examples of readings in recent years have included Plato on whether leadership is a specialized talent like others, Tolstoy on leaders actually being slaves of larger forces, W. E. B. DuBois on the talented tenth, and James Burns on transforming vs. transactional leadership. 

Other readings:

  • 2010: Don Cheadle & John Prendergast's Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond & Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success
  • 2009: Sophocles' Antigone & Deborah Tannen's Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work  [Full syllabus here]
  • 2008: Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin's Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time [Full syllabus here]

Students also complete six or seven short two-to-four-page papers linking or contrasting at least two articles in that week's New York Times having to do with some aspect of leadership, and they develop, organize, and execute a Leadership Engagement Project, that has to leave some part of the world better than the students found it.

Second year:

In their third or fourth semester in the NSP (depending on whether that year's NITZ 280 is being taught in the fall or spring of the second year), Nitze Scholars take NITZ 280--Leadership Seminar II, which culminates in a study tour abroad. They will use the insights and skills they acquired in their previous Nitze courses to study historical, political, social, or environmental issues in a particular region of the world. The professor who teaches the seminar will focus on the relationship between that region and the U.S., invite comparisons, and encourage students to discuss local issues from a global perspective.

The one-to-two week study tour is to an international destination appropriate to the theme of the seminar. This study tour is provided without additional fees as a part of participation in the Nitze Scholars Program, although there may be some meal costs that are not provided by the travel arrangements.  Because students will have been studying the issue and region for a semester, students get much more out of their travel than tourists, and even than all but a handful of academic travellers.

Excerpts from syllabi of NITZ 180--Leadership Seminar I

Excerpts from syllabi of NITZ 280--Leadership Seminar II