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Jan Term 2018 Freshman Honors Program in Hawaii

Freshman Honors Program in Hawaii

Freshman students admitted with honors to Whitworth University are invited to apply for an extraordinary honors program in Hawaii for Jan Term 2018. This is the only off-campus program available to freshmen and provides a unique opportunity to live, learn and explore in community, with two of Whitworth's most beloved professors, in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Students have a choice between two popular courses – Biblical Themes of Shalom and Interpersonal Communication – that benefit from this unique Jan Term location and format and that both meet general education requirements. The classes will be taught in Camp Mokule'ia on the beautiful north shore of Oahu, with nearly a mile of pristine beach, close access to hiking and biking trails and significant Hawaiian cultural sites.

There are spots for 27 students in the Honors Jan Term in Hawaii program. Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis until the program is full. Interested students are encouraged to apply early.


Academic Programs

Biblical Themes of Shalom
Terry McGonigal Terry McGonigal, Ph.D., was dean of spiritual life for 19 years at Whitworth before being appointed director of the university's Office of Church Engagement, will lead students to explore the Biblical theme of Shalom. Hawaii provides an ideal location to look at the multifaceted concept of Biblical peace: peace with God, peace with humanity, peace with God's creation and peace with ourselves.

Interpersonal Communication
Ron Pyle Ron Pyle, Ph.D., named "Most Influential Professor" by graduating seniors more often than any other Whitworth professor, will teach his most popular class and one that is usually filled before freshmen are able to register. The introductory course explores perception, self-concept, feedback, listening, disclosure, conflict management, language and non-verbal communication. The Jan Term class and format will offer students a lived experience of what they are learning.


The Whitworth Jan Term 2016 Honors Program will take place at Camp Mokule'ia on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii. This 40-acre location operated by the Episcopal Church of Hawaii, offers aloha (bountiful love and welcome), harmony (lokahi) with God's creation and a place to seek and serve God (Ke Akua).

The camp is located 45 minutes from Honolulu in "the country" at Mokule'ia, with its pristine beaches, beautiful vistas, slower pace and deep connections to Hawaiian culture. The main buildings look out upon beautiful Kaiahulu Bay, a secluded place for year-round swimming and exploration of the bountiful sea life that gave the area its name Mokule'ia (place of abundance). Beyond the plains behind the camp rises Mt. Ka'ala, the highest point of the Waianae Mountains and Oahu, accessible through nearby biking and hiking trails. Just a few miles to the west lies exquisite Ka'ena Point the westernmost tip of Oahu, and a place of great cultural significance.

Program Cost

Participants are responsible for round-trip airfare and $2,200 to cover travel expenses on the island, room and board at the camp and other program expenses. Instruction and credits are included in the cost of fall tuition. A $500 deposit is due within 30 days of a student's admission to the program. A second $500 is due on July 1, 2017. And the balance of $1,200 is due by Nov. 1, 2017. Deposits and fees can be paid online at this address:


There are spots for 27 students in the Honors Jan Term in Hawaii program. Interested students are encouraged to apply early.

Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis until the program is full.

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Marianne Hansen, Director of Admissions