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Off-Campus Study

We are so excited that you are considering studying off-campus! Studying in another part of the world or country can be a valuable part of your academic journey.

Colin WhiteheadReligion professors have taught, presented papers or done research on all six continents. Many of us have also studied other languages and are able to speak them fluently — or at least competently. We would love to say our students have done the same. Come talk to us about our experiences in other countries!

Some things to consider as a religion major as you plan your off-campus study experience:

  • Junior year works best for studying off-campus, after you’ve taken the foundation courses for your Religion major
  • It is important to meet with your academic advisor regarding courses you plan on taking off-campus and how this fits within your academic plan, particularly credits counting toward your major

Featured Programs

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ECOLOGICAL THEOLOGY AND ETHICS (NEW YORK)

  • Study the nature and causes of current ecological degradation, the witness of Christian scripture and tradition concerning matters ecological, the responsibilities we humans have as earthkeepers and the practical implications of living in a more earth-friendly manner.
  • This course combines traditional academic study with a wilderness backpacking, canoeing and kayaking trip in which students learn wilderness camping skills, develop their leadership ability and examine issues in the area of ecological theology and ethics.
  • Instructor: Steve Bouma-Prediger

Learn more about Ecological Theology and Ethics

LEARNING AND SERVING AMONG THE OGLALA LAKOTA (SOUTH DAKOTA)

  • Learn and serve among the Oglala Lakota membership that totals 17,775.
  • After a one week on-campus orientation course, participants will:
    • Spend two weeks on the reservation
    • Engage in an ongoing service project
    • Experience a variety of encounters with members of the reservation
    • Travel to important sites on the reservation
    • Study Lakota history and religion
    • Guide conversation to bring our own culture, faith and experience into conversation with life on the reservation
  • Instructor: Steven Hoogerwerf

Learn more about Learning and Serving Among the Oglala Lakota

“One class was about the Christian view of the morals in economics while the other dealt with the history of religion from early times. These classes gave me an opportunity to study subjects not offered at Hope alongside a group of students different from what I have normally experienced. Taking religion classes made it easier to integrate my faith with my lifestyle abroad.”
—Colin Whitehead ’17, IES Salamanca, Spain