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Hope College has long recognized the value of offering its students a wide range of off-campus study opportunities. These are available to qualified students through the college's membership in a number of consortiums. Semester and year-long opportunities for off-campus study are available. May and June terms and summer school programs offer short term options.


The Newberry Library Program in the Humanities enables students and faculty to tap the extraordinarily rich resources of the Newberry Library in a semester-length fall seminar, several month-long seminars in winter, spring independent study at any time after December, and occasional internships. The Newberry Library, founded in 1887, is a privately endowed research library located on Chicago's Near North side. Over one million volumes and six million manuscripts comprise its strong general collection of Western history and the humanities from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. Special collections concentrate on linguistics, the American Indian, Chicago history and culture, the Renaissance, the history of cartography and printing, and the history and theory of music. The Humanities program is jointly sponsored by the Great Lakes Colleges Association, Inc. (GLCA) and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). Recent seminar topics have included Herman Melville; American Dissent from 1870 to Present; The Concept of Revolution; Cultural Ideals and Realities in History and Literature; and Play and Society in Literature and History. Visit The Newberry Seminar in the Humanities Website.


The Great Lakes Colleges Association, Inc. (GLCA) provides in its New York Arts Semester rich opportunities for the student seriously interested in art, music, dance, communications, English or theatre. The program gives the student ready access to vast numbers of original works of art, to a variety of dramatic and musical events, and to special collections of research materials. Students participate, through apprenticeships or less formal means, in the milieu of the professional artist to better understand the intentions, the problems, and the means of the arts. The more imaginative the student's research project, the more likely it is to engage the attention of those responsible for rare archival holdings. Those with special interest in turn-of-the-century architecture can, for example, profitably study carvings and architectural fragments being collected by the Anonymous Art Society as more and more of the City's brownstones are destroyed. Or a history or economics major working on the Depression can, for instance, utilize photographic documents of the era in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Visit The New York Arts Program Website.


The Great Lakes Colleges Association, Inc. (GLCA) sponsors this program which allows qualified majors in natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, or computer science to spend one semester at one of the world's major research centers, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Students spend 40 hours per week in research as an assistant to an Oak Ridge scientist, take one senior level course, and participate in an interdisciplinary seminar. The courses and the seminar are led by GLCA faculty. Each student receives sixteen hours of credit under Interdisciplinary Studies for participation in this program which provides an opportunity to work with outstanding scientists and sophisticated equipment on important energy-related research. Visit the Oak Ridge web site. Visit the Oak Ridge web site.


The Philadelphia Center provides opportunities for professional exploration, intellectual development, and personal growth in the heart of America's fifth-largest city. Our accredited program features field placements, seminars, and independent living. Students select an internship from more than 800 placement opportunities, and they design a Learning Plan that provides the structure for integrating work experience with educational, social, and professional development objectives. Students earn 16 credits -- eight from their internship, and four for each course. Class topics currently offered include Finance, Social Justice, Architecture, Psychotherapy, Religion, Africanist Perspective, and Senior Seminar.

Each fall and spring semester, 75-100 students with any major from liberal arts schools across the country participate in the program. For more information, please contact Jon Huisken, Registrar, or faculty representatives: Tom Smith, Economics, Management and Accounting Department; James Herrick, Communication Department; Patricia Roehling, Psychology Department. Visit the Philadelphia Center web site.


Chicago Semester draws students from Hope College and nine other Christian colleges in the Midwest. The program offers students a distinct opportunity to live learn and work in America’s third largest city, while they study issues of urban life on a fully accredited program. The staff of Chicago Semester combines advanced academic training and professional experience with years of living and working in the city. They provide support and guidance as students explore the possibilities and issues within an urban working world.

Up to 16 hours of academic credit can be earned through the program, which includes a four day/week supervised internship and two seminars. The seminars currently offered complete the Senior Seminar, Urban Sociology, the 4-credit fine arts requirement, and a second religion requirement as needed. Students representing nearly all college majors choose internship settings that fit their vocational or career goals. They select an internship from several options developed by the staff, interviewing at each before making a decision. Areas for internships include, but are not limited to, graphic design, theater, accounting, finance, business, human resources, advertising, public relations, marketing, event planning, health sciences, nursing, communications, social work, social services, student teaching, law, sports management and media.

In October 2002, Chicago Semester received the Program of the Year award from the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE). For further information, contact Professor Sander DeHaan, Department of Modern and Classical Languages or Dale Austin, Career Services and Jon Huisken, Registrar. Also, one may visit the Chicago Semester website for further details.


The Washington Honors Semester Program enables superior students from all disciplines to study in Washington, D.C., and to apply knowledge of their area as it relates to government and politics. Select junior and senior students will take a seminar on American government and politics; participate in group interviews with congressmen and legislative staff, executives, lobbyists, political party officials, and journalists; intern for two six-week periods in Congress, the executive branch, or with political interest groups; and prepare extensive research papers upon their semester's work. Visit The Washington Semester Website.

For more information about the Domestic Study Opportunities at Hope College, contact the Office of Admissions.