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Central America Study and Service Program

Term: January/Spring 2020

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.

Christianity in Britain

Term: January 2019

Visit major attractions in world-class cities in England and Scotland, as well as historic sites, churches and museums that will make English and Scottish history come alive! Examine the origins, development and influence of the Christian church in Great Britain and its formative role in British culture from the arrival of the earliest Christian missionaries to today. You’ll also get to eat in old English pubs, stroll along the Thames, walk medieval walls, visit important archaeological sites, worship in a variety of churches, see a play or two in London’s West End, visit amazing museums and castles, and soak in the diverse cultures of Britain.

Early Christian Sites in Greece

Term: January 2020

This course combines serious academic study with active adventure, intentional community, and Christian spirituality. We wander the ruins of ancient civilizations that date back to the Bronze Age. We visit temples, theaters, stadiums, marketplaces, houses, tombs, statues, and art from the Classical and Hellenistic periods, including the most famous and significant in all of western civilization. We explore Roman cities where the Apostle Paul lived and worked, walking the same roads he walked, touching the same stones, seeing the same landscapes. We step into ancient Christian churches and monasteries, many full of spectacular Byzantine art. We plunge into the lively markets, streets, and squares of modern Greek cities, as well as remote villages and towns seldom visited by tourists. We hike in Greece’s rugged and beautiful mountains. We climb to clifftop castles and monasteries, descend into some of the deepest gorges in the world, trek the snowy slopes and canyons below Mount Olympus, and stroll along beaches on the Mediterranean (and some of us swim too). We experience the warm hospitality of the Greek people and learn about their rich and thriving modern culture. We eat lots of very good food. We play and worship together, singing and praying and reading Scripture. We contemplate and reflect on what we can learn from our travel, from each other, from the people we meet, and from the ancient Christians who lived and worked out their faith in this land amidst a multi-religious culture in which pagan deities and the powerful Roman Empire itself sought to claim their allegiance in the place of Christ.

The academic focus of the course is in the areas of history, biblical studies, art history, and theology, but our study encompasses much more than this. Other relevant topics that will be surveyed (and are available as areas of special focus for students) include: ecology and natural history of Greece; history of art from Bronze Age through late Byzantium; Mycenaean civilization; Greek mythology; democracy and western philosophy in Athens; Alexander the Great; Hellenism; Roman Empire; early Christianity; monastic movement; Christian spirituality; Byzantine Empire; Eastern Orthodoxy; Islam; Ottoman Empire; battle for Greek independence; modern Greece; Greece’s economic crisis; and the refugee situation in Greece and Europe.

Ecology and the Bible

Term: January 2019

In the spectacular winter setting of Tall Timber Ranch in the North Cascades, at the edge of Glacier Peak Wilderness, we will leave all electronic media behind and spend three weeks living in community together and learning more about God, ourselves, and our beautiful world. We will gather around a wood stove to discuss Scripture, science, ecology and environmental ethics. We will learn to cross-county ski. We will study the natural history of the Northwest and the local ecology of the White River Valley, not just sitting in the lodge but through outdoor exploration on ski and snowshoe. We will play in the snow. We will drink lots of hot chocolate. And we will join together in daily 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.

Monasticism: Old and New

Term: January 2020

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.

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

Term: Spring 2017
Description: The Tanzania Study Program offers an immersive, locally-rooted study abroad experience that will allow you to study both biology and political science through your engagement with Tanzanian society and culture. You will stay with three different host families over the course of the semester which will help you to learn Swahili and allow you to build relationships that will last a lifetime. February will be spent in beautiful, ancient Stone Town on the island of Zanzibar where you will take an intensive Swahili course at the State University of Zanzibar. March and part of April will be spent inland, in the small city of Arusha, where you will take classes and learn about life in an African town. Each student will complete a 1-credit internship with a local NGO, business, or government office. From our base in Arusha we will take several overnight trips to destinations such as a Maasai boma and a rural village on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. We will also go on a safari to the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater. A highlight of the trip will be the opportunity to conduct biology field labs while camping just south of the gorgeous Tarangire National Park. The last weeks of the semester will be spent in the major city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's commercial capital. While there we will go on walking tours of the city's historic streets, we will meet with representatives from the country's major political parties, and we will visit markets and a major factory. This trip provides an unforgettable opportunity to learn about one of the world's most fascinating - and rapidly developing - countries.
Courses offered:
Swahili (4 credits)
Core 350 (4 credits)
Contemporary East Africa (3 credits, Social Science Gen Ed or Upper-Division Political Science credit)
Conservation Biology in East Africa (4 credits, Natural Sciences Gen Ed or Upper-Division Biology credit)
Internship (1 credit, Political Science)

The Meaning of Life: A Trip to New York City

Term: January 2019

Why does the world exist? What’s the meaning of life? Who am I? What are the best things in life? How do I avoid wasting my life? What does it mean to live well? These are some of the most important questions anyone can ask, and in this course we will explore them together. To help us do that, we will draw on the resources of one of the best cities in the world – New York City. During our time in New York, we will have conversations with fascinating people, including artists, philosophers, wine-makers, aid workers, theologians, entrepreneurs, scholars, etc. We will experience some of the world’s best art and architecture. We will discover and explore New York City itself. And we will reflect on life’s deepest and most important questions. If this sounds like a good way to spend a month, consider joining us.

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