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Central America Study and Service Program

Description: Study Spanish in Guatemala for four weeks before beginning a life-changing journey to Nicaragua. The program includes family home stays, internships and encounters with both breathtaking scenery and wrenching poverty.
CASP takes place during January and Spring 2016. This program requires participation in a Summer or Fall term program at the Costa Rica Center or other Spanish-speaking country prior to departure.

Christian Spirituality at Tall Timber

Term: January 2016
Description: Christian Spirituality at Tall Timber provides a monastic experience for students who want to explore the history and practice of Christian spirituality. Students spend three weeks following a modified Benedictine Rule, which strikes a balance between work (kitchen duty, special projects at the camp), prayer (corporate worship four times a day, personal devotions), and study. Students live in community, read great texts from the history of spirituality (e.g., Augustine’s Confessions), study Scripture, meet daily in small groups, and follow various practices that apply what they are learning to life at Tall Timber and to life once they return to campus.

Christianity in Britain

Term: January 2015
Description: Examine the origins, development and influence of the Christian Church in Great Britain, particularly England and Scotland. Primary consideration will be given to the Church’s major historical figures, religious movements, spiritual traditions, theological issues, and ecclesiastical controversies that have played a formative role in British culture from the arrival of the earliest Christian missionaries to today.

Early Christian Sites in Turkey

Term: January 2016
Description: 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.

Ecology and the Bible

Term: January 2015
Description: Develops a biblical theology of creation care rooted in Scripture’s portrayal of creation and redemption in Christ. Attention is given to environmental issues and the ecology and natural history of the Northwest. Includes study, work, worship, outdoor exploration and disciplined reflection.

In the spectacular winter setting of Tall Timber Ranch in the North Cascades, we will immerse ourselves in the study of Scripture, learn about natural history and local ecology, ponder the state of the planet, play in the snow, and join together in worship and reflection as we contemplate the glory of God’s creation and redemption in Christ and what it means for how we live in the world today.

Freshman Honors Program in Hawaii

Term: January 2016
Description: See 2016 Frosh Jan Term Page for full description.

Prejudice Across America

Description: Study the history of Prejudice Across America. Fulfills the American Diversity requirement.


Description: Visit sites in Germany associated with the Reformation of the 16th Century and with the German Church struggle under Hitler in the 1930s.

Service in Tanzania

Description: The focus of this course is to engage and interact with the African culture. This will be achieved through a number of service projects, by home stays with host families and through large group lectures and debriefing sessions. Students will be expected to participate in the service projects and in the daily life activities of the host families. There are plans to travel to various areas in Tanzania which may include Dar-Es-Salaam and the former slave market in Bagamoyo. Participants will register for a 1.0 credit preparation course during Fall 2008.

Tanzania Study Program

Description: The program will begin in Arusha in January 2014. The first month of instruction will cover the essentials of Core 350 with a Tanzania focus. In February, students will travel to the island of Zanzibar where they will study Swahili language and culture at the State University of Zanzibar, will participate in field trips and live with Swahili speaking families. In March, students will return to the Arusha area where they will be placed in internships with local businesses, schools, government offices, churches, or NGOs. On weekdays, students will live with local families and on weekends they will gather together at a guest house. From mid-April through mid-May, the Whitworth program will be located in Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam. There, students will study urban life and national politics. In addition to Whitworth professors, the program will feature university lecturers from the University of Dar es Salaam, and visits to museums and to the offices of key political, religious, and business leaders. As in Arusha and Zanzibar, students will live with local families. In addition to the programming outlined above, students will go on field trips to Bagamoyo (a 19th century slave trading center), visit Ngorongro Crater National Game Park, Lake Manyara National Game Park, Olduvai Gorge, stay overnight in a Maasai boma and several days in a rural village. Steve and Susan Vinton of Village Schools International will lead a mid-semester retreat.

Please visit the Off-Campus Studies page for a complete listing of off-campus programs that are available to Whitworth students.