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January and May Terms
Jan Term and May Term off-campus courses allow students to travel and study
for a month under the direction of a Whitworth professor. January is a period
that affords a broad variety of short study programs. Aside from courses offered
on a regular basis (usually alternating every other year), there are often
several "one-of-a-kind" experiences for student selection. Tuition
for Jan Term is included in a long semester. May Term tuition is additional to
the program cost.
To view more program details, click on the name of a program below. For additional information you may also contact Sue Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Most programs take place every other year.
|Anthropology in Hawaii
||SO 200 (Intro to Cultural Anthropology) is offered on site on the beautiful Island of Oahu (Hawaii). The study program meets the global perspectives requirement (or sociology credits).The course is taught and administered by Dr. Raja S. Tanas, Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department.
|British Culture through the Arts
||British culture through music and theatre. Attend plays and concerts and visit world-renowned museums in this center of culture. Students stay in a central London hotel, keep a journal and discuss their experiences.
• Plays and musicals
• Art museums and galleries
• Cultural and historical sites
• Tours within London—may include city bus tour, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of the London, Globe Theatre
• Day trips outside London—may include Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, Bath, Dover, Canterbury Cathedral, Coventry Cathedral, Stratford-upon-Avon
• One unscheduled long weekend to allow for travel within or outside London
|Central America Study and Service Program
||You will have the opportunity to live, study, and serve in Central America alongside an intentional community of your Whitworth peers and faculty, as well as Central American teachers, community leaders, and families.
This academic study abroad program will differ significantly from anything you have ever experienced before.
The courses are designed to help you integrate all aspects of your experiences, relationships, reading, observation, ideas, insights and feelings as you live and learn in Central America. Whitworth’s educational principles seek the development of the whole person.
|Chemistry History and Art Study Program
||This course will explore how chemical ideas have developed over time, how social, cultural and historical factors have influenced the development of science and chemistry and, how chemistry and science have contributed to society and human culture. The course traces the historical development of chemistry from ancient to modern times within an intellectual and historical context. Students will see the laboratories of chemists, read from their original writings, and see where they lived and what they created.
A second aim of this course is to study works of art including paintings, sculpture, and other physical art and understanding the chemical methods by which they were made. Connections to the scientific understandings of the time period and the historical contexts will be examined as well.
Highlights of the trip:
• 9 days in London, 6 days in Paris, 4 days in Munich
• Spectacular science museums and facilities: Royal Institution of Chemistry, Deutsch Museum, Cavendish Lab, Curie Museum, Oxford, Cambridge
• Amazing art museums: Louvre Museum, Musee d’Orsay, Glyptothek, Rodin Museum
• Historical buildings and palaces: Versailles Palace, Tower of London
• Lunch at the Eagle pub at Cambridge University where Watson and Crick dined
|Early Christian Sites in Turkey
||A study program of Biblical Asia minor (modern-day Turkey). Students will be exposed to the earliest Christian sites in the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul and his companions, sites in Turkey associated with the early church fathers and the monastic movement in Cappadocia, the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire, and the expansion of Islam in Turkey.
The primary objective of this January study program is to introduce students to the earliest sites related to the Christian missionary outreach of the Apostle Paul in Biblical Asia Minor (modern Turkey). This objective cannot be achieved without understanding the rise of Christianity within the ancient Hellenistic and Roman world, of which Turkey was a central part. The study program exposes students to a virtual cross-cut of Western history as played out in the critical region of Turkey. Important epochs of this history include the Hellenization of the ancient world by the campaigns of Alexander the Great, the rise of Christianity, the church fathers and monastic movement in Cappadocia, the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire, the expansion of Islam after 1453, Gallipoli and the role of Turkey in World War I, and the significance of the Bosphorus in ancient and modern times.
|Freshman Honors Program in Hawaii
|Monasticism: Old and New
||• Experience three weeks of living in a monastic setting
• Enjoy the pleasure of a winter in the Cascades
• Study the history of spirituality and monasticism
• Apply lessons from history to your own life and future
• Read classic texts like:
Augustine’s Confessions and The Rule of St. Benedict
• Practice such spiritual disciplines as Lectio Divina
• Benefit from the quiet and slower pace
|Peace & Conflict - Ireland
||In this three-week study program, students will explore the historical, political and religious roots of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland as well as examine prospects for peace in this region. We will begin in Ireland, examining the historical struggle for independence from the British and the many forms that movement took – including the political, religious, and cultural. Ireland’s emergence as a Celtic Tiger, because of its rapid economic growth indicates the changes that have occurred since independence. Northern Ireland remains a part of the United Kingdom, and as such is the site for continued movements for independence and autonomy as well as reactions to those movements. “Peace Walls” cross many of the cities of Northern Ireland, physically separating communities. A civil rights movement in the 1970s led to an intense period of violence that largely subsided with the Good Friday Accords in the mid 1990s. In Northern Ireland, we’ll explore the ways in which this divided society copes with the attendant political, economic and social problems of religion, peace and conflict. Each student will contribute to an interactive web page researched in advance and in Ireland, detailing the themes of peace and conflict on the island.
|Religion and Social Justice in Central America
||An exploration of issues related to religion and social justice in Central America. The course will focus on the social movements in Central America during the 20th and 21st centuries. The course will also touch upon greater global issues related to the social services, indigenous identities, peace and reconciliation, sociology of religion and development strategies. Group dialogue and cultural immersion will allow the student to discuss the topics and themes in depth leader to a broader worldview and the cultivation of a mind and heart to better serve humanity.
|South Africa Study Program
||•During this study program you will visit Cape Town, the Stellenbosch wine country, Oudtshoorn, Grahamstown, Mthata, Durban, Johannesburg, and the Pilanesburg Game Sanctuary. You will experience local culture by staying with host families in several locations in South Africa. This includes a two-night home stay with Muslim families in Durban. Along the way you will visit Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island, explore the Cango caves, and observe wildlife in a big game sanctuary. You will learn about the history, economics and politics of South Africa. You’ll learn about the struggle for independence and racial reconciliation. Among other activities, you’ll meet with journalists, politicians and academics specializing in journalism and politics.
|Spanish in Guatemala
||Students will attend intensive courses in Spanish conversation, culture and history at Casa Xelajú language school. Classes will be held 5 hours a day, 5 day a week and conducted in a one-on-one format with an instructor who will work with each student according to his/her level of proficiency. Students will immerse themselves in the culture of Guatemala by living and interacting with Guatemalan host families as well as by participating in other social and cultural activities such as group field trips, museum visits, archeological sites and service outreach projects in the area.
|Sports Medicine in Japan
||This course will offer you the chance of a lifetime to explore western Japan with fellow Whitworth students. The course is designed to provide students an opportunity to experience eastern healthcare, religion and education. Students will spend time comparing and contrasting what one knows to what is experienced in Japan. The course will also expose students to international diversity. Specifically, students will examine the role of diversity in determining one’s worldview by analyzing, gender perspectives, religious perspective, and responsibilities as a Global Citizen. Highlights of the trip include:
• Stay on the campus of Kwansai Gakuin University
• Visit Nishinomiya, Osaka and Kyoto
• Visit Hiroshima
o Ride the Shinkansen (Japanese Bullet Train)
o Peace Memorial Museum
o Okonomiyaki Row
o Miyajima Island
• Ancient Cities of Kyoto and Nara (with host family)
• Hanshin Tigers Professional Baseball Game and Clubhouse visit
• Koshien Stadium Tour, Hanshin Tigers Stadium
• Home stay opportunity with a Japanese family
• Observe various KG varsity sports teams
• Chapel services at Seiwa College
• Seiwa College/KG English Language Classes
• Kindai University, Osaka. Watch a Sumo practice and see the University
• Ritsumeikan University, Health Sciences/Athletic Training Facilities Tour
• Visit numerous temples and shrines
• Morinomiya Acupuncture school
• Take part in PE classes at KGNSC
|Sustainable Development Abroad-Costa Rica
||This course is ideal for students interested in economic development, sustainability, social entrepreneurship and non-profit or NGO work. The course examines the role self-employment, sustainable living and social entrepreneurship can play in promoting sustainable economic development. It focuses on the causes of socioeconomic maladies such as unemployment, poverty, out-migration, and economic stagnation, as well as how economic policy and employment opportunities can alleviate them. A core component of the course is fieldwork in the fishing village of Tarcoles, the development of a community development plan and an optional internship at a local establishment. Student will live with host families (full immersion program).
|Technology & Culture, SE Asia
||See the different faces of Asia!
Appreciate why China is called the Factory of the World.
Explore the urban/rural, and historical/modern sides of Asia.
Understand how society and technology intersect in the largest continent in the world!
|The Arts in Christian Worship
||The Arts in Christian Worship explores the ways that the music, art, and architecture have shaped and been shaped by Christian worship practice from the early church to the present. Through on-site visits in Rome, Florence, Geneva, Paris, and London, students will become more familiar with the various artistic styles and study many facets of the role of the arts in Christian worship. The week spent at the Taize community in France will allow students to experience a unique Christian worship practice in community with young people from around the world. Highlights of the trip include:
• Exploring four of the world’s top art museums (Louvre, Vatican, Uffizi, National Gallery)
• Living, worshiping, and serving together with young people from around the globe at Taize
• Climbing the 463 steps to the top of the Florence Duomo for the best view of the city
• Exploring ancient Rome (Forum and Coliseum), as well as Christian churches spanning over 1500 years
• Attending a live performance of “Les Miserables” and a concert of the BBC Symphony in London
• Great pasta and pizza, gelato, croissants, bangers and mash!