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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.

British Culture through the Arts British culture through music and theatre. Attend plays and concerts and visit world-renowned museums in this center of culture. Students stay in a central London hotel, keep a journal and discuss their experiences. Highlights include: • Plays and musicals • Art museums and galleries • Cultural and historical sites • Tours within London—may include city bus tour, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of the London, Globe Theatre • Day trips outside London—may include Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, Bath, Dover, Canterbury Cathedral, Coventry Cathedral, Stratford-upon-Avon • One unscheduled long weekend to allow for travel within or outside London

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. This academic study abroad program will differ significantly from anything you have ever experienced before. The courses are designed to help you integrate all aspects of your experiences, relationships, reading, observation, ideas, insights and feelings as you live and learn in Central America. Whitworth’s educational principles seek the development of the whole person.

Chemistry History and Art Study Program This course will explore how chemical ideas have developed over time, how social, cultural and historical factors have influenced the development of science and chemistry and, how chemistry and science have contributed to society and human culture. The course traces the historical development of chemistry from ancient to modern times within an intellectual and historical context. Students will see the laboratories of chemists, read from their original writings, and see where they lived and what they created. A second aim of this course is to study works of art including paintings, sculpture, and other physical art and understanding the chemical methods by which they were made. Connections to the scientific understandings of the time period and the historical contexts will be examined as well. Highlights of the trip: • 9 days in London, 6 days in Paris, 4 days in Munich • Spectacular science museums and facilities: Royal Institution of Chemistry, Deutsch Museum, Cavendish Lab, Curie Museum, Oxford, Cambridge • Amazing art museums: Louvre Museum, Musee d’Orsay, Glyptothek, Rodin Museum • Historical buildings and palaces: Versailles Palace, Tower of London • Lunch at the Eagle pub at Cambridge University where Watson and Crick dined

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.

Early Christian Sites in Turkey REDIRECTED TO GREECE THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN REDIRECTED TO GREECE IN RESPONSE THE US STATE DEPARTMENT TRAVEL WARNING. A study program of Biblical Asia minor (modern-day Turkey). Students will be exposed to the earliest Christian sites in the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul and his companions, sites in Turkey associated with the early church fathers and the monastic movement in Cappadocia, the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire, and the expansion of Islam in Turkey. The primary objective of this January study program is to introduce students to the earliest sites related to the Christian missionary outreach of the Apostle Paul in Biblical Asia Minor (modern Turkey). This objective cannot be achieved without understanding the rise of Christianity within the ancient Hellenistic and Roman world, of which Turkey was a central part. The study program exposes students to a virtual cross-cut of Western history as played out in the critical region of Turkey. Important epochs of this history include the Hellenization of the ancient world by the campaigns of Alexander the Great, the rise of Christianity, the church fathers and monastic movement in Cappadocia, the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire, the expansion of Islam after 1453, Gallipoli and the role of Turkey in World War I, and the significance of the Bosphorus in ancient and modern times.

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.

Freshman Honors Program in Hawaii ...

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 TBD

History of Rome TBD

Monasticism: Old and New • Experience three weeks of living in a monastic setting • Enjoy the pleasure of a winter in the Cascades • Study the history of spirituality and monasticism • Apply lessons from history to your own life and future • Read classic texts like: Augustine’s Confessions and The Rule of St. Benedict • Practice such spiritual disciplines as Lectio Divina • Benefit from the quiet and slower pace

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 TBD

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 an interactive web page researched in advance and in Ireland, detailing the themes of peace and conflict on the island.

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

Religion and Social Justice in Central America An exploration of issues related to religion and social justice in Central America. The course will focus on the social movements in Central America during the 20th and 21st centuries. The course will also touch upon greater global issues related to the social services, indigenous identities, peace and reconciliation, sociology of religion and development strategies. Group dialogue and cultural immersion will allow the student to discuss the topics and themes in depth leader to a broader worldview and the cultivation of a mind and heart to better serve humanity.

Serial Crime in the Pacific Northwest TBD

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.

South Africa Study Program •During this study program you will visit Cape Town, the Stellenbosch wine country, Oudtshoorn, Grahamstown, Mthata, Durban, Johannesburg, and the Pilanesburg Game Sanctuary. You will experience local culture by staying with host families in several locations in South Africa. This includes a two-night home stay with Muslim families in Durban. Along the way you will visit Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island, explore the Cango caves, and observe wildlife in a big game sanctuary. You will learn about the history, economics and politics of South Africa. You’ll learn about the struggle for independence and racial reconciliation. Among other activities, you’ll meet with journalists, politicians and academics specializing in journalism and politics.

Spanish in Guatemala 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 day a week and conducted in a one-on-one format with an instructor 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, archeological sites and service outreach projects in the area.

Sports Medicine in Japan This course will offer you the chance of a lifetime to explore western Japan with fellow Whitworth students. The course is designed to provide students an opportunity to experience eastern healthcare, religion and education. Students will spend time comparing and contrasting what one knows to what is experienced in Japan. The course will also expose students to international diversity. Specifically, students will examine the role of diversity in determining one’s worldview by analyzing, gender perspectives, religious perspective, and responsibilities as a Global Citizen. Highlights of the trip include: • Stay on the campus of Kwansai Gakuin University • Visit Nishinomiya, Osaka and Kyoto • Visit Hiroshima o Ride the Shinkansen (Japanese Bullet Train) o Peace Memorial Museum o Okonomiyaki Row o Miyajima Island o Shopping • Ancient Cities of Kyoto and Nara (with host family) • Hanshin Tigers Professional Baseball Game and Clubhouse visit • Koshien Stadium Tour, Hanshin Tigers Stadium • Home stay opportunity with a Japanese family • Observe various KG varsity sports teams • Chapel services at Seiwa College • Seiwa College/KG English Language Classes • Kindai University, Osaka. Watch a Sumo practice and see the University • Ritsumeikan University, Health Sciences/Athletic Training Facilities Tour • Visit numerous temples and shrines • Morinomiya Acupuncture school • Take part in PE classes at KGNSC

Sustainable Development Abroad-Costa Rica This course is ideal for students interested in economic development, sustainability, social entrepreneurship and non-profit or NGO work. The course examines the role self-employment, sustainable living and social entrepreneurship can play in promoting sustainable economic development. It focuses on the causes of socioeconomic maladies such as unemployment, poverty, out-migration, and economic stagnation, as well as how economic policy and employment opportunities can alleviate them. A core component of the course is fieldwork in the fishing village of Tarcoles, the development of a community development plan and an optional internship at a local establishment. Student will live with host families (full immersion program).

Technology & Culture, SE Asia See the different faces of Asia! Appreciate why China is called the Factory of the World. Explore the urban/rural, and historical/modern sides of Asia. Understand how society and technology intersect in the largest continent in the world!

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!