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Course and Program Opportunities

Below are some advertised upcoming courses and programs offered through Hope. While all Hope courses are unique and have much to offer, not all courses are listed here. For a full listing of course descriptions, see the Hope College Catalog.

ENGL 113


In this class, we will travel a good deal in Holland, Michigan, to borrow the words of Henry David Thoreau. We will pack up our journals and pens — looking and listening in places like the Lake Michigan dunes, ethnic supermarkets, coffee shops, art museums and cemeteries. We will think together about travel, our own experiences and dreams as well as the stories of great travel writers. We will consider writing as a journey — a process that invites exploration, experimentation, curiosity, re-routing, and finding deeper and clearer meaning along the way. Like Thoreau in his city of Concord, we even may come to see that people are righting the world in a thousand remarkable ways in Holland. Writing for this course will include multiple short observation/reflection papers, shorter essays including a travel narrative, and a research paper.

This section of English 113 is open to all students with a special invitation to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors.

IDS 295

The Second Seminar: Designing a Life That Matters

This course provides an opportunity to better understand oneself and also offers methods of helping students design a meaningful education and future. The course will examine the meaning of vocation and calling in the Christian tradition as well as help students discern their own sense of calling. Students will evaluate various views on key questions of life meaning and purpose from perspectives within the humanities and social sciences, and will also develop a clearer understanding of and commitment to their own skills, interests, strengths and values. Students will leave the course with an academic plan for moving forward in their education and professional future.