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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.

Anthropology in Hawaii SO 200 (Intro to Cultural Anthropology) is offered on site on the beautiful Island of Oahu (Hawaii). The study program meets the global perspectives requirement (or sociology credits).The course is taught and administered by Dr. Raja S. Tanas, Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department.

Art and Architecture in Chicago Let world-class museums and historic buildings be your classroom! This three-week class has two interwoven threads. The first is an exploration of fine art--painting, sculpture, performance. Why do artists do what they do? How do viewers participate in constructing the meaning of an artwork? The second thread is the history of modern architecture. Chicago has been on the cutting edge of architecture from the birth of the skyscraper. Students will explore buildings and spaces from inside and out, in walking tours and boat tours. All this happens in the dynamic urban environment that is Chicago. We will go to the beach, the theatre, a concert, and the top of skyscrapers. Students write reflections, essays, and final paper due after the trip. NOTE: This May term trip can be substituted for a Jan term course on campus.

Christianity in Britain 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.

Core 250 in Europe Visit Rome, Florence, Paris, and London--as well as nearby sites. See where Western intellectual history unfolded as you visit archaeological sites, museums, and palaces. Listen to a lecture on Teresa of Avila in front of Bernini's statue of her in Rome. Talk about Calvin and the Reformation in St. Peter's Square and then be blessed by the Pope. See Michelangelo's magnificent David in Florence and learn how he fits the Renaissance ideal. Hear about Galileo as you look at the Leaning Tower of Pisa where he studied the effects of falling objects. Compare the splendor of Versailles to Locke's ideal government. Discuss Kant using the Impressionist art of the Orsay Museum in Paris as an example. Consider the skyline of London in terms of Postmodernism. This study program includes the full Core 250 class along with lots of walking and sightseeing...for the physically and intellectually fit!

Ecology and the Bible 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.

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Global Health in South Africa Students on this trip will take HS 372 Global Medicine while immersed in the culture of South Africa. The group plans to visit local medical facilities, volunteer/aid organizations, and teaching universities while traveling through various cities including: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Mthatha, Grahamstown, and Oudtshoorn. Participants will interact with local residents through homestays, lectures and service-learning. This course focuses on three overarching topics: (a) cultural competency in the provision of healthcare services, (b) analysis of global healthcare systems and selected global health concerns, and (c) international health volunteerism. Through study and practical experience, this class aims to equip students to critically analyze public or private health delivery organizations, acknowledge the need for provision of culturally competent healthcare, and appreciate how regional society (history, culture, politics, etc.) influence health. Extracurricular activities will include attendance at a local sporting event, tour of Robbin Island (location of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment) and game reserve tour.

History and Culture of Mexico Learn about Mexican History and Culture in Mexico! Includes visits to Mexico City, Teotihuacan, and Frida Kahlo's house!

Math History For many of us, our experience with mathematics has been primarily through a textbook: equations, theorems, proofs, examples and exercises. But behind each of these results is a person, and a story. They are stories of political and religious intrigue, competition and collaboration, commercial and military impetuses, moments of insight and patient persistence. In this 3-week study-program we will travel to the places famous mathematicians lived and worked. We will see the buildings they planned, the art they produced, the equipment they worked with, their inventions and some of their original writings. Along the way local math and history guides who will help to put what we see into a historical context will join us. We’ll gain an understanding of how mathematical ideas have developed over time, how social, cultural and historical factors have influenced the development of mathematics and conversely, how mathematics contributed to society and human culture. You will never look at those theorems and proofs in quite the same way again!

Media Impact Across the Contemporary U.S. Students will visit New York City and Washington, DC to learn from media executives and scholars what they believe are the main issues currently facing the media impact on contemporary US society. Media industries visited will include newspapers, television, radio, magazine and book publishing, and advertising. The program is designed to expose students who have an interest in the mass media, both those majoring or minoring in Communication Studies as well as students from other disciplines, to some of the media-related issues affecting contemporary US society.
Click here to view the first online travelogue from New York and Washington, D.C. (January 2009)
Click here to view the most recent travelogue from New York and Washington, D.C. (January 2015)

Oral French in France Study French language and culture in inimitable Paris! Visit museums, tour historic monuments, and enjoy gastronomic delicacies while improving your French. Includes intensive, individualized language training; may make use of homestays.

Oral Spanish in Chile Live and study in the political, economic, and cultural capital of Chile to improve your Spanish and to learn about Chile, memory, and human rights. January in Santiago is summer in a Mediterranean-like climate.

Power and Politics of Art: Rome/Florence/Vienna/Berlin Why should anyone care about Art? Is it worth valuing and supporting, or is it just an expensive luxury for the wealthy? In “The Power and Politics of Art”, you will wrestle with the big questions of Art’s purpose in and value to a culture – including our own. You will experience the history of western art, from Ancient Greece to the 21st century, and examine its relationship to culture and worldview. Through on-site visits to artistic, historic and cultural sites in Rome, Florence, Vienna and Berlin, you will become more familiar with the various artistic styles and many of the facets of the interaction between art, community, and political power. In addition through the experience of living in major European metropolitan centers, you will become aware of the various cultural resources located in major cities, and develop confidence in accessing them, and also in using basic cross-cultural skills, such as using public transportation and functioning in places where English is not the dominant language. Fulfills Global Perspectives OR Fine Arts Requirement

Social Equality in Scandinavia Scandinavia is consistently ranked one of the “happiest” regions on earth, boasting a notable level of social and economic equality. As social welfare states, Scandinavian societies are built upon principles and policies that are markedly different from those in the United States. In this course, students will analyze Scandinavian, in comparison to the United States, by incorporating theories and research on social systems to frame discussions of social equality. Students will also engage with the challenges that face the Scandinavian welfare states by looking at how ‘equality of opportunity’ and ‘equality of outcome’ is shaped in relation to the labor market, education, health, gender, and culture. The course includes travel to Sweden and Norway in May and June 2017. We will visit cultural heritage sites (such as a tour of the Royal Palace and Nobel Museum in Stockholm, and Viking Ship Museum in Oslo), visit officials in leading social, political, and educational institutions (e.g. Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Department of Social Services), and will conclude with a short debriefing cruise up the breathtaking Norwegian Fjords.

The Actor's Experience Attend plays and concerts. The city is the classroom, with students staying at a downtown New York residential hotel. (Meets fine arts requirement.)

The Meaning of Life: A Trip to New York City What’s the meaning of life? Does human existence have an overarching goal? What should I care most about? How can I make sure I don’t waste my life? These are some of the most important questions that anyone can ask, and in this course we will explore them together. To help us do that, we’ll 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, experience excellent art and architecture, discuss insightful readings, explore the city, and reflect on life’s deepest questions. If this sounds like your cup of tea, consider joining us.