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Freshman Honors Program in Hawaii

Jan Term 2020

Jan. 3-22, 2020

Freshman students admitted with honors to Whitworth are invited to apply for an extraordinary honors program in Hawaii for Jan Term 2020. This off-campus program, available only to first-year honors students, provides a unique opportunity to live, learn and explore in one of the most beautiful places in the world, with two of Whitworth's most revered professors. Students can choose between two popular courses that benefit from this unique Jan Term location and format and that meet general education requirements.


Academic Programs

Biblical Themes of Shalom

Terry McGonigal, Ph.D., Whitworth's Director of Church Engagement and longtime theology professor, will lead students in exploring 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, Ph.D., named Whitworth's "Most Influential Professor" by graduating seniors more often than any other Whitworth professor, will teach his most popular class. This introductory course explores perception, self-concept, feedback, listening, conflict management and nonverbal communication. The Jan Term format will offer students the opportunity to live out what they are learning.


The Jan Term 2020 Honors Program will take place at Camp Mokule'ia, on the North Shore of Oahu. 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 inlet for year round swimming and exploration of the bountiful sea life that gave the area its name, Mokule'ia (place of abundance). Behind the camp rises Mt. Ka'ala, the highest point of the Waianae Mountains, accessible via nearby biking and hiking trails.

Program Cost

Participants are responsible for round-trip airfare and $2,500 to cover travel expenses on the island, room and board at the camp, and other program expenses. In addition, all students enrolled in Jan Term courses are required to pay a $300 Jan Term fee.

Contact Information

Questions? Contact the Whitworth Admissions Office at or 509.777.4786.