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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 (sjackson@whitworth.edu). Most programs take place every other year.

British Culture Through the Arts Highlights: plays and musicals, art museums and galleries, cultural and historical sites, tours within London (may include walking tours, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of the London), and day trips outside London (may include Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, Bath, Dover, Canterbury Cathedral, Coventry Cathedral, Stratford-upon-Avon).

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.

Central American Field Ecology in Costa Rica This course is intended to provide Biology students with: 1. A deeper understanding of Central American ecosystems 2. A better appreciation for the ways in which societal and ecological systems interface, especially in Costa Rica 3. Skills in designing, implementing, and reporting on a field-based ecological research project, including presentation of results at a scientific conference

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Early Christian Sites in Greece 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 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 biblical studies, history, and theology, but our study will encompass 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; the economic crisis; refugees. After this course, you will never read the New Testament in the same way again and it might just be that your life will be transformed too.

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International Business Abroad – The Three Chinas This is an international business comparative course between the economic and cultural city centers of Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei. In each city area we will visit significant cultural/historic sites and multinational businesses.

Media and Society in Germany Students will spend four weeks in Germany and will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of contemporary German society and current issues such as European unity, changing demographics and immigration. The program focuses on two major institutions in Germany: the Christian church and the media. Students also have a chance to acquire or solidify digital storytelling skills in a cross-cultural and transnational setting. Participants have the opportunity to examine differences and similarities between the mass media systems of Germany and their home country, and to enhance critical thinking about significant issues related to international communication. German language skills and media production skills are NOT a prerequisite for participation.

Monasticism: Old and New 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.

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 the group experience by conducting field research related to the themes of peace and conflict on the island.

Smithsonian Internship Semester

Live, work (at the Smithsonian), and attend classes with Whitworth students and professor in Washington, D.C.

  • Live, work (at the Smithsonian), and attend classes with Whitworth students and professor in Washington, D.C.
  • Live on Capitol Hill with other Whitworth interns and college students from CCCU schools around the nation.
  • Gain significant work experience and bolster your résumé
  • Make valuable connections with Smithsonian researchers and explore the D.C. area.
  • Complete all of the requirements for an honors degree (with the exception of the two one-credit honors seminars).
  • The internship is designed for honors students but open to all qualified Whitworth students.
  • For more information, contact Professor Doug Sugano (dsugano@whitworth.edu), Professor Bendi Benson Schrambach (bbschrambach@whitworth.edu) or Associate Professor Will Kynes (wkynes@whitworth.edu).

Receive the following academic credits
13-19 credits:

  • CO350H (4 credits)
  • Upper-division honors Smithsonian seminar (3 credits, may fulfill one of several general education requirements)
  • Smithsonian internship (6-9 credits)
  • Independent study arranged with on-campus Whitworth major professor (0-3 credits)

Spanish in Guatemala Quetzaltenango is the second largest city in Guatemala. It is situated near several volcanoes in the heart of the Sierra Madres, with an altitude of 2333m (8000 ft) above sea level that provides warm days and cool nights. 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 days a week with an individualized curriculum with instructors 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, and service outreach projects in the area.

Sustainable Development Abroad: Poverty, Inequality, Environment and Social Change We will visit important places in Cuba and Costa Rica including Havana and San Jose! Many of our classes are held at coffee shops and local pulperias. We will participate in a Community Development Experience in poor villages. We will conduct fieldwork in the fishing village of Tarcoles. We will participate in a sustainable fishing trip and take a trip along crocodile river in Costa Rica. We will take sustainability visits to Zapata National Park, coffee plantations and more and enjoy beautiful beaches in both Cuba and Costa Rica!

Technology and Culture in England More and more, software is expected to be able to perform well for people from many cultures. In this three-week study program, students will visit companies and learn about the difficulties in developing world-wide software. But even more, the software development process is no longer developed by people in the same office space, but now often involves people from all over the globe. Many companies allow their employees to tele-commute, so being able to work with people in remote locations is often a requirement. Students in this study program will partner with other students attending universities including Queen Mary University and Cardiff Metropolitan University to develop a software product. The kind of product developed will be determined by each student team. Students will meet their partners, and design and begin developing their projects during the fall semester as part of the prep course. During our study tour in London and Cardiff, students will complete and present their work. This also fulfills the study abroad requirement for B.A. Int'l Project Management.

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!

Whitworth in China This field course provides students with an opportunity to gain practical development experience or to conduct individual projects under the guidance of Whitworth professors, Dr. Anthony Clark and Dr. Amanda Clark, who specialize in the history, art, language, and culture of China. This course is conducted largely in Beijing, and shall also include an intensive study tour of select areas within northern China, which include village stays and visits to remote regions of China’s historical landscape. While in Beijing students will undertake an intensive immersion course in Mandarin Chinese, which emphasizes speaking, listening, reading and writing. Systematic methods and various communication activities for basic training in pronunciation, grammatical structures, conversation on daily topics, and the writing system are taught by Chinese language instructors at China’s famous Minzu University.