The new Jan Term Honors Program enables freshman with Honors at Entrance to study abroad at the Whitworth University Costa Rica Center. This Jan Term program will feature a different professor and course offering each year. January 2011 featured Theatre Professor Emeritus Rick Hornor and Assistant Professor of Philosophy Joshue Orozco in a course entitled "Philosophy of Forgiveness." Dean of Spiritual Life Terry McGonigal led Jan Term 2012 students in studying the Biblical Theme of Shalom. If you are interested in taking part in this exciting new program, contact CRC Director Lindy Scott (
In addition to the Honors Program, there are other options available during Jan Term, as well. In 2014, health science students can choose to study and take part in local medical internships under the tutelage of Assistant Professor Cynthia Wright. Additionally, Assistant Professor of Biology Grant Cassady will lead a group of students through coursework and field research. Whitworth faculty members are encouraged to think creatively about Jan Term courses that could be offered at the CRC.
"Talk to any of our first-year students who went to Costa Rica for Jan Term 2011. Each will say it was a transforming experience like no other. At the core of this transformation was the community created because we lived together 24/7 in a beautiful, somewhat isolated setting that bore no resemblance to Whitworth in Spokane other than the sharing of its name.
"Yes, Dr. Joshue Orozco challenged us to think critically and precisely about sin, reconciliation, and our responsibility in the face of wrong-doing. Yes, my own ‘Voice of the Other' monologue assignment forced students to watch and listen to others with deliberateness. And yes, these lectures, discussions and assignments could have happened in a classroom in Spokane. But I guarantee they would have lacked the immediacy and potency we experienced because of the community we built at ‘Whitworth South.'
"Spend three weeks in beautiful and fascinating Costa Rica with the brightest, most engaged and engaging students you'll ever meet. Experience a supportive, caring, fun-loving, adventurous, enriching, stimulating community like you've never known." Rick Hornor
"The Costa Rica campus provided a unique opportunity for some of our exemplary students to nurture their spiritual and intellectual lives. By being dependent on each other in a way not needed in Spokane, the students created a rich community that found nourishment in asking tough questions, helping each other and the community, and pursuing virtue and intellectual excellence.
"Our course concerned philosophical issues of morality and particular issues of forgiveness and atonement. However, away from Spokane, the course took on new significance, relevance and vivacity in a context where students intimately encountered economic disparity, political tension, and personal and social wrongdoing, among other things." Joshue Orozco