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STUDY ABROAD

Responsible Travel Policy for Seattle Pacific University

Travel is a powerful tool for engaging the culture, changing the world, and contributing to the education or professional work of SPU students, faculty, and staff. Understanding that members of our institution provide a model of Christian values during their journeys, SPU holds to these principles:

  • To enter travel with an attitude of humility and respect for the people who we will encounter and to spend time in advance learning about the culture, current events, and social or environmental issues at our destinations.
  • To cultivate the habit of asking questions about local norms and customs for photographing people, places, and events; to inquire about environmental standards followed by tour operators or facilities managers.
  • To ensure benefits for local people by striving to engage in activities and purchases that will provide sustainable income for the local economy.
  • To avoid adverse environmental impacts and reinforcement of cultural stereotypes.
  • When feasible, to travel in small groups in order to minimize negative impacts of travel on other places.
     

As a community that seeks to reflect Christ in all we do, we pledge to bring these principles back home and apply them to the travel we experience throughout our lives.

Study Abroad Fees

Study abroad fees contibute toward a broad range of services available to students before, during, and after the study abroad experience.

Students who study outside the United States will be charged an administrative study abroad fee of $300 per term for all study abroad programs.

Students studying abroad for two or more consecutive terms at the same institution will be charged for the first term of study only.

 

SPU Faculty-led and Partner Programs

These programs are registered at Seattle Pacific University and taken with SPU faculty or are sponsored by SPU. For more information about any of these study trips, visit the Study Abroad website.

Quarter Programs

British Isles Quarter (Autumn Quarter)
Chris Chaney, Coordinator, English Department

Combine outstanding academics with a vibrant culture by choosing England as your study abroad destination. The British Isles Quarter (BIQ) offers students of all majors the opportunity to take a wide variety of courses at University of Kent located in beautiful and historic Canterbury, England, a World Heritage city.

Consistently ranked near the top in student satisfaction (annual National Student Survey), University of Kent offers a diverse student population, international flavor and strong ties to Europe that enhance this university's reputation as the "U.K.'s European university."

 

China Studies Program (Autumn Quarter)

Doug Downing, Coordinator for business students, School of Business and Economics

Gail DeBell, Director of Study Abroad, for students of all other majors

China is an ideal study abroad destination for students wishing for a true cultural learning experience. Students across all majors will find opportunities to fulfill degree requirements on the China study abroad program.

Students of all majors are encouraged to study at Southwest University for Nationalities in the city of Chengdu, located in the Sichuan Province in southwest China. Founded in 1951, Southwest University for Nationalities has over 20,000 students from 55 different ethnic groups. The campus is in the heart of Chengdu, surrounded by the Tibetan area of the city.

Students will choose from two tracks, either Chinese Studies or Chinese Language Studies. A number of courses are available in mandarin, history, culture, anthropology, internships and business, as well as electives in calligraphy, cuisine, and Tai Chi.

 

European Quarter (Spring Quarter, odd-numbered years)
Kathryn Bartholomew and Michelle Beauclair, Directors, Foreign Language Department

European Quarter is a SPU sponsored study abroad program held Spring Quarter. The course will begin at SPU with eight days of intensive classroom instruction on Italian and French languages, culture, geography and history.

European Quarter is a traveling program between multiple countries and cities  Sites vary depending on faculty leadership and may include France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Spain.

Participants must plan to take a 3-credit orientation course during Autumn Quarter prior to the program.  European Quarter meets the expectations of a quarter’s study in Europe both academically, earning 15 credits, and culturally, through in-depth contact with the language/culture connection.

 

Guatemala Program (Autumn Quarter)

John Lindberg, Director, Physics

Based in the beautiful, historic city of Antigua and surrounding village communities, students will be placed with local Guatemalan host families and enjoy in-country excursions under the guidance of Students International — our Guatemalan partner organization — to places such as Tikal National Park, home of the "lost city" of the ancient Mayan civilization.

This program immerses students in the Central American country of Guatemala. Students will choose between two 5-credit exploratory curriculum classes, each taught with a Guatemala "twist" by SPU faculty. Students will gain experiential education and applied skills through completion of practicum credits at Guatemalan sites, working with Students International staff and local Guatemalan citizens. All students will study Spanish one-on-one wtih instructors at Centro Linguistico Maya. Evaluation of language proficiency will be directed by SPU language faculty.

Summer Programs

Daniela Geleva, Director, Family and Consumer Sciences

This program, based in Nairobi, Kenya, will provide students with hands-on experiences in the role of nutrition in HIV/AIDS at Hope Center. Students will have the unique opportunity to expand their clinical nutrition knowledge, serve the underserved and outcast members of Kenyan society, and provide valuable relief and education to the staff at the center. In addition, this study abroad experience will broaden students' cultural horizons, help them explore vocation, and allow then to live out the mission of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department, "To improve the quality of life for families and individuals through food, clothing, and shelter."  In addition to the clinic and field experiences, students will explore the city of Nairobi, including visits to Nairobi National Park, Baby Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Center, Uhuru Gardens, and a short safari at the end of the program. 

 

Paris:  French Film Studies Summer Program (Summer)

Todd Rendleman, Director, Communication and Journalism Department

While living in Paris for a month, students in the FilmSstudies course will develop an appreciation of film criticism and aesthetics with a special emphasis on French filmmakers and cinema. Students will gain an appreciation of French film history, and in particular, the collaboration between the French and American film industries.  Students will be introduced to language and culture through a French "survival" course taught by Parisians.  Students will enjoy excursions throughout the city and a weekend trip outside of Paris. 

 

Paris: French Language Immersion Summer Program
Michelle Beauclair, Director Foreign Language Department

Students in the French Immersion program will improve their spoken French and listending comprehension through activities both inside and outside the classroom. This program includes the study of European civilization using the museums, theaters, and historic sites of the city as a classroom. Students also participate in a weekend excursion to the D-Day beaches in the Normandy region.

 

Rome: Art and Incarnation Summer Program

Katie Kresser, Art Department, and Jennifer Maier, English Department, Directors

The Rome Program is a study abroad experience for SPU students interested in creative writing, aesthetics, art, art history, theology, and the visual arts. Students spend a month exploring the incarnational aspects of artistic expression while visiting places such as the Roman Forum and the Sistine Chapel. Daily excursions will be accompanied by classroom instruction.

For their classroom component, participants may choose between: A Writing/Literature track or an Art History track. Both tracks are grounded in the works of Christian artists and writers.

 

South Africa Summer Program
Kimberly Segall, Coordinator, English Department


This four-week summer program tours several locations in South Africa, including Capetown (once the prison site of Nelson Mandela), Addo Elephant Park, the Garden Route, and the National Arts Festival at Grahamstown. Students will visit museums, attend theatre performances, and participate in a service project.

 

Global Seminars

Global Seminars are short term (two to three weeks) programs that occur prior to Autumn or Winter quarters. The course credits are part of a student's regular quarter load. We offer courses from several disciplines, including Core Curriculum.

China International Business Seminar (September Seminar)

Doug Downing, Director, School of Business and Economics

To understand the future of business, students need to understand China's role in the global economy. SPU's China Seminar gives students firsthand insights into China's global implications as they visit three very different areas of China: Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Students will meet with business professionals and learn about the culture and history of this intriguing country. Visits to well-known sites such as the Great Wall, the riverfront of Shanghai, and Victoria Peak in Hong Kong will give students the opportunity to see the many historical sights of this fascinating part of the world. 

 

Israel/Palestine Global Seminar (September)

Kerry Dearborn, Director, School of Theology

Students will be exposed to both ancient biblical sites and contemporary "Living Stones," as they travel throughout Israel and Palestine to see where Jesus was born, grew up, and taught and healed people. We'll travel to Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes, the Jordan River, and Jerusalem.  We'll also visit ancient landmarks described in the Old Testament, such as Jericho and Ramalla.

Through homestays, meeting and hearing from various perspectives in the region, and from reading books like Lemon Tree and Side by Side, students will be exposed to multiple perspectives on the conflic and those who are working for peace, reconciliation, and justice in the region. 

 

London Global Seminar (September)

Martin Abbott, Sociology and Tom Trzyna, English Department, Directors

Students attending the London program will live in central London while taking either UCOR3000 or SOC3620 from SPU professors.

As the capital of one of the largest empires in human history, London has acquired a nearly matchless collection of art, historical artifacts, scientific exhibits, and other extraordinary resources. But London is more than just museums and landmarks — it is a living, thriving miccrocosm of its former global empire. The courses offered are designed to take advantage of the many museums, galleries, and cultural surroundings to enrich the learning experience.

 

Philippines Global Seminar (Winter)

Sharlene Kato, Director, Family and Consumer Sciences Department

The Philippines Study Abroad Program aims to provide service-learning opportunities for students while working with children and families in a cross-cultural environment. Students will have the opportunity to apply the Family and Consumer Sciences mission as they travel to Manila and participate in feeding programs, family and community service projects, and school programs, and as they interact with the children in an orphanage sponsored by Kids International Ministries.

 

Scotland and Ireland Global Seminar (September)

Christine Chaney, English Department and Jeff Kuess, School of Theology ,Directors

This SPU Global Seminar will take students on a month-long journey through the sacred and beautiful Celtic landscapes of Scotland, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. By visiting everything from ancient monasteries to spectacular coastal beaches, to thriving urban neighborhoods, students will study Celtic history, culture, art, and faith in the context of peace-making.

We will wander these sacred lands discovering both ancient high crosses and modern challenges. There will be opportunities for service learning with Christian reconciliation organizations working through the dark legacy of "The Troubles," as well as the joy of music, stories, and dancing at a Celtic ceilidh. There will be be time for faith and reflection, as well as excursions to many epic sites of history, landscape, and culture. And through the two SPU courses offered, students will engage in these holy places through the lens of two Core or General Education required courses. Some class meetings and coursework will occur on campus during Autumn Quarter, as well.

 

Spain and Morocco Global Seminar (September) 

Kimberly Segall, Director, English Department

On the Morocco Study Abroad Program, students will travel overland from Granada in Moorish Spain, to Fes and Meknes, Morocco. We will follow a trans-national journey across borders that is also taken by the characters in Laila Lalami's story, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits. 

To prepare for this trip, plan on taking a 1-3 credit orientation in Spring Quarter, which will be a North African film course. This class will introduce the history and cultural diversity of this region with films from Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, and Tunisia.


Transcultural Nursing Global Seminars (September)

Kelly Marley, Director, School of Health Sciences

The Nursing Program offers two community health programs in two very different parts of the world.

Students who choose to travel to Guatemala will participate in a community health course where they will complete communite-based assessment, program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Working directly with community leaders and citizens, students will have the opportunity to develop and implement a health-promotion project. During the course of the three-week program, students will engage in 75 clinical/internship hours. At the start of the program students will attend a one-week intensive Spanish language course with an emphasis on medical terminology. During weeks two and three, students will be assigned to small groups in a village outside of Antigua and will spend the remainder of the time conducting their community assessment and implementing their health-promotion projects. 

 

A second option is to travel across the world to Vietnam to participate in a community health course and provide health education and nursing care to children and families in Vietnam. Through partnership with Vietnamese nursing students and physicians, students will apply their nursing skills to the care of families across the life span in a variety of community settings. 

 

.Tropical Marine Biology Global Seminar  (Galapagos or Belize) (Winter Break Seminar)
Tim Nelson (Belize), Eric Long (Galapagos), Biology Department, Directors

This two-week study Tropical Biology Program takes place annually between the end of Autumn Quarter and Christmas Eve. Destinations alternate between Belize (odd-numbered years) and the Galapagos Islands (even-numbered years) The emphasis of the courses are on fish, corals, and seaweeds typical of coral reef ecosystems or terrestrial natural history. 

  • This study is open to all students.
  • General Education or Exploratory Curriculum credit may be earned in BIO 1100.
  • Students with biology experience may take BIO 4950 for credit.
  • Snorkeling and scuba diving are optional.

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BESTSEMESTER (CCCU) PROGRAMS

American Studies Program (Washington, D.C.); Australia Studies Centre; China Studies; Contemporary Music Center; India Studies; Latin American Studies; Los Angeles Film Study Center; Middle East Studies; Oxford Summer Programme; The Scholars' Semester in Oxford; Uganda Studies; Washington (D.C.) Journalism Center

Seattle Pacific University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and the Christian College Consortium (CCC). The purpose of the CCCU and CCC is to promote Christian higher education, and to provide programs for students and professional development opportunities for faculty and administration.

Applications and information for all programs are available on the BestSemester website. These 12 study programs offer a full semester of study, and students must register for the entire set of carefully selected, interconnected courses offered by each program (generally 24 quarter credits). Students register for classes at Seattle Pacific University and pay SPU tuition. In addition to Federal and State aid, SPU need and merit-based financial aid applies to these programs. [Back to top]

American Studies (Washington, D.C.)
Reed Davis, Coordinator, Political Science Department

Founded in 1976, the American Studies Program (ASP) has served hundreds of students from council-member institutions as a “Washington, D.C., campus.” The ASP uses Washington, D.C., as a stimulating educational laboratory where collegians gain hands-on experience with an internship in their chosen field and explore pressing national and international issues in public policy seminars that are issue-oriented, interdisciplinary, and led by ASP faculty and Washington professionals.

Internships are tailored to fit the student’s talents and aspirations and are available in a wide range of fields. The ASP bridges classroom and marketplace, combining biblical reflection, policy analysis, and real-world experience.

Students are exposed to on-the-job learning that helps them build for their future and gain perspective on the calling of God for their lives. They are challenged in a rigorous course of study to discover for themselves the meaning of Christ’s lordship in putting their beliefs into practice. The aim of the program is to help Council schools prepare their students to live faithfully in contemporary society as followers of Christ. Students earn 24 quarter hours of credit.

Course Descriptions

SBS 4915 Public Policy Seminar (12) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance in the American Studies Program. Taught through a semester-long program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. An interdisciplinary examination of selected topics in the American political, historical and cultural context. Reviews both domestic and international issues. Attributes: Social Science A; and Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and non-matriculated students.

SBS 4945 Internship (12) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the American Studies Program. Taught through a semester-long program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. Students may select part-time placements in Washington, D.C., in agencies or programs associated with communication, arts, urban ministries, marketing and corporate enterprise, legal matters, trade associations or federal policy formation. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and non-matriculated students. 

Australia Studies Center (Sydney)
Don Yanik, Coordinator, Theatre Department

The Australia Studies Centre (ASC) seeks to prepare students to live the Christian life in a world that is religiously and culturally pluralistic, whether in Australia, North America, or other parts of the world.

Students are encouraged to think through their role as kingdom builders in a Western world that is increasingly secular both intellectually and culturally. Students are further challenged to grapple with the meaning of being “salt” and “light” in the culture-shaping arena of the professional performing artist. Students earn 24 credit hours. [Back to top]

Course Descriptions

MA 3000 Australia Studies: Culture (6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. See current description at www.bestsemester.com. Attribute: Upper-Division

MA 3001 Australia Studies: Theology (3-6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. See current description at www.bestsemester.com. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division.

MA 3002 Australia Studies: Design (3-6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. See current description at www.bestsemester.com. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division. 

MA 3003 Australia Studies: Dance (3-6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. See current description at www.bestsemester.com. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division. 

MA 3004 Australia Studies: Drama (3-6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. See current description at www.bestsemester.com. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division. 

MA 3005 Australia Studies: Music (3-6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. See current description at www.bestsemester.com. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division. 

China Studies Program (Xiamen)
Gail DeBell, Coordinator, Study Abroad

The China Studies Program (CSP), which began in the spring of 1999, allows students to engage this large and intriguing country from the inside. While living and experiencing Chinese civilization firsthand, students participate in seminar courses on the historical, cultural, religious, geographical, and economic realities of this strategic and populous nation.

In addition to the study of standard Chinese, students will assist Chinese students learning English, allowing one-on-one interaction. The China Studies program is hosted by Xiamen University located on the beautiful garden island of Xiamen in southeastern China.

The program introduces students to the diversity of China with trips to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Xi’an. This interdisciplinary, cross-cultural program of study enables Christian students to deal with this increasingly important part of the world in an informed, Christ-centered way. Students earn 24 quarter hours of credit.

Course Descriptions

CHN 2000 China Studies: Conversational Chinese (4) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the China Studies Program. This course is designed to help students gain an appreciation for the richness of the spoken national language of China. After a brief survey of the historical development of Mandarin, emphasis is placed upon acquiring a basic facility in the dialect. Emphasis is on the spoken form. Chinese language background is not required. Students come to China with varying degrees of fluency in standard (Mandarin) Chinese, so CSP places students in the Chinese language class that corresponds to their level of proficiency. Class not open to freshmen and non-matriculated students.  

CHN 3000 China Studies: Chinese II (4-5) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the CCCU China Studies Program. For a current description, please see www.bestsemester.com.

SBS 3100 China Studies: Contemporary Society (4-5) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the CCCU China Studies Program.  For a current description, please see www.bestsemester.com.

SBS 3102 China Studies: Eastern Philosophy and Religion(3-5) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the CCCU China Studies Program.  For a current description, please see www.bestsemester.com.

SBS 4902 China Studies: History, Culture and Geography (3-5) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the CCCU China Studies Program. Covers the history of China from its earliest beginnings to the present. Topics include Chinese philosophy, classics, history, geography, cultural customs and traditions, as well as religious traditions and life in rural China. Attributes: Social Science B; and Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and non-matriculated students.

SBS 4904 China Studies: Contemporary Society and Public Policy (5) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the CCCU China Studies Program. This course focuses on changes that have transformed society since the Reform Policies of 1979. Topics include changes in the educational system, religious policy, women's issues, population control, rights of ethnic minorities, legal reforms, Taiwan and Tibet, and Sino-U.S. diplomacy. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class not open to non-matriculated students. Class not open to freshmen.

SBS 4905 China Studies: Modernization and Economic Development (4) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the CCCU China Studies Program. This course focuses on the economic changes in China since the late 1970s. Various areas such as foreign exchange, private enterprise, stock market, rural development and economic policies are covered. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and non-matriculated students.

SBS 4906 China Studies: Local Customs (2) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the CCCU China Studies Program. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and non-matriculated students.

SBS 4907 China Studies: Tai Chi (2) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the CCCU China Studies Program. Tai chi, a gentle and stylized form of self-defense, tones the body and concentrates the mind. Students learn techniques, postures and routines. Attribute: Upper-Division.

SBS 4908 China Studies: Intercultural Communication (4-5) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the CCCU China Studies Program. This seminar introduces the fundamentals of language, communications and culture. Emphasis is on the bridges and barriers to cross-cultural communication, particularly between Chinese and Americans. Attribute: Upper-Division.

Contemporary Music (Nashville)
Ramona Holmes, Coordinator, Music Department

The Contemporary Music Center offers students the opportunity to spend a semester studying, living, and working with faculty, music industry experts, and other students who share their interest in making and marketing contemporary music. It is a chance to devote serious time to discovering how God would have a student integrate his or her faith, love of music, and the music marketplace.

In addition to core courses investigating the music industry and the intersection of faith and culture, students can choose between the Artist track or the Music Executive track. They will get many hours of hands-on experience, plus lectures, seminars, directed study, and an intensive field experience in Nashville, Tennessee. When not in class, students will be in the studio or in music-business offices.

Together with classmates, students will make and market a CD of original music. The Center is located in Nashville, TN.

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Course Descriptions

FPA 3000 Contemporary Christian Music: Faith, Music and Culture (5) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. The purpose of this course is to help students develop a Christian approach to the creation, marketing and consumption of contemporary music. Attribute: Upper-Division.

FPA 3001 Contemporary Christian Music: Artist Management (4) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Through lecture, text and visiting music industry experts, executive track students will gain a thorough understanding of the economic, creative and spiritual elements critical to a career in contemporary music. Part of executive track. Attribute: Upper-Division.

FPA 3002 Contemporary Christian Music: Music Marketing and Sales (5) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Through classroom instruction and presentations by visiting industry experts, executive track students will become familiar with the role of packaging, retail point-of-purchase materials, publicity, advertising, radio and video promotion, Internet marketing and tour support in the marketing and sale of recorded music. Part of the executive track. Attribute: Upper-Division.

MUS 1000 Contemporary Christian Music: Inside the Music Industry(4) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Through readings, lectures, and seminars delivered by leading industry figures, the course will give up-to-the-minute insight into the inner workings of the music industry. Emphasis will be given to career possibilities, and the gifts and skills required to succeed in each of the major areas, including work as a performer.

MUS 3000 Contemporary Christian Music: Studio Recording (5) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Artists, via both the classroom and lab, will work with faculty, other students, and visiting experts to learn how to produce, record, mix, and edit recordings in a professional multi-track studio. Part of artist track. Attribute: Upper-Division.

MUS 3001 Contemporary Christian Music: Essentials of Songwriting (5) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Artists will receive classroom instruction, participate in directed study with staff, and work in collaboration with other students to develop their use of form, melody, harmony, rhythm, and lyric. Part of the artist track. Attribute: Upper-Division.

MUS 3002 Contemporary Christian Music: Performance (4) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. In consultation with staff and executive track students, artists will develop a live concert presentation that best utilizes their gifts as musicians, entertainers, and communicators. Part of the artist track. Attribute: Upper-Division.

MUS 3003 Contemporary Christian Music: Artists and Repertoire (5) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Executives will learn how to create a label business plan; analyze and forecast trends in popular music; assemble a successful artist roster; and, in tandem with artists, they will plan, budget, and produce recording sessions. Part of executive track. Attribute: Upper-Division.

MUS 4935 Contemporary Christian Music: Practicum (1) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Each student will participate in an intensive weeklong practicum. Briefings, tours, and meetings will be arranged with leading record companies, artist management firms, booking agencies, recording studios, concert promoters, writers, producers, and artists. Attribute: Upper-Division.

Film Studies Program (Los Angeles)
Kim Gilnett, Coordinator, Fine Arts Department


The Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC), a program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, offers a semester-long liberal arts exposure to the workings of the film industry, exploring the ethical considerations and cultural influences that arise from the industry’s operations and product.

  • Enrollment in the program is competitive and limited to upper-division undergraduates.
  • For those accepted into the program, a block of 24 SPU credits may be earned.
  • Consult the film-studies coordinator for details.

The Los Angeles Film Studies Center, located in Burbank, California, provides students a unique opportunity to study the film industry in an “on location” intensified experience. Participants have opportunity to meet working professionals from all aspects of the film industry, to visit facilities found only in Southern California, and to utilize film research libraries unique to the area.

The curriculum is intended to appeal to students from a variety of academic disciplines with the intent of providing an interdisciplinary study of film and the film industry, and with a secondary goal of providing opportunity to investigate future academic and/or vocational opportunities. [Back to top]

Course Descriptions

FLM 4100 CCCU: Film Studies - Theology in Hollywood (6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Encourages the development of the necessary skills for analysis of the culture of Hollywood, its role in popular culture and the theological intersections therein.  Seeks theological engagement with the culture of Hollywood and cinema by investigating some of the social, ethical, and psychological implications of film upon theology.  Presents information in four modules, each building on the content of the previous module: 1) an analysis of the culture of Hollywood; 2) a study of theology/Bible and engagement with Hollywood and cinema; 3) Christian ethics and the culture of Hollywood; and 4) a capstone examination of Christian vocation in Hollywood. All students participate in a team-taught lecture seminar led by a professor of theology. Students also participate in small group tutorials, service learning, and discussions. Attribute: Upper-Division. 

FLM 4120 CCCU: Film Studies - Hollywood Production Workshop (4-5) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. Taught through semester-long program of the Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities in Los Angeles. An introduction to the theory and practice of motion picture filmmaking. Topics include familiarity with filmmaking equipment; basic motion picture techniques; converting idea to image; the use of lighting, editing and sound in film; and the role of acting, directing and good storytelling in the filmmaking process. Students make several short super 8mm films that manifest their faith in content and process. Attribute: Upper-Division. 

FLM 4140 Screenwriting (4-5) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into Los Angeles Film Studies Center. Taught through semester-long program of the coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities in Los Angeles. An introduction to contemporary screenwriting, including an understanding of dramatic structure, character and dialogue development, and the writing process. Students complete a full-length screenplay for a feature film or "movie-of-the-week." Emphasis is given to the role of Christian faith and values as they relate to script content. Attribute: Upper-Division. 

FLM 4900 CCCU: Film Studies - Independent Study (4) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. This course may be setup by special request and arrangement.  In order to be considered students may submit a portfolio and a project proposal.  Students with approved projects will be appointed a mentor who is a professional in the Hollywood industry to supervise the project.  Projects could include further development of a portfolio or reel, critical research, or a senior thesis project.

 FLM 4910 CCCU: Film Studies - Motion Picture Production (4-5) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into Los Angeles Film Studies Center. Taught through semester-long program of the coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities in Los Angeles. An introduction to the process of producing an independent feature film. Topics include legal structures, business plans, preproduction activities such as scheduling and budgeting, and an overview of the producer's role in production, post-production, and distribution. Attention is given to the Christian's unique contribution to producing. Attribute: Upper-Division. 

FLM 4943 Internship (8-10) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. Taught through semester-long program of the Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities in Los Angeles. Students participate in an internship experience in some aspect of the Hollywood film or television industry. These are non-paying positions primarily in an office setting such as development companies, agencies, personal management companies, production offices, etc. Students work 20 to 24 hours a week throughout the length of the semester. The internships do not include positions on actual filmmaking locations. Instead, students work in offices as support personnel to producers, writers, directors, agents, post-production personnel, and others involved in the total process of producing and distributing a major motion picture. The LAFSC provides interns to many of the major companies within Hollywood. Attribute: Upper-Division.

India Studies Program (Coimbatore)

Gail DeBell, Coordinator, Study Abroad

"Unity in Diversity" is the hallmark of the nation of India.  There are 28 states and 7 union territories, 22 officially recognized languages and numerous dialects, about 9 religions and nearly 2000 ethnic groups across India. The India Studies Program offers a unique opportunity to encounter one of today's most fascinating and diverse cultures.  This diversity, as well as the call to be an obedient witness for Christ throughout the world, provides a rich and engaging setting to equip students to be servant-leaders in a pluralistic world of beliefs, cultures and needs.

In particular, the India Studies Program will challenge students to discover for themselves a variety of ways to address the needs of the poor and disenfranchised, acting as agent of salt and light in broken world.

The India Studies Program is structured to provide students with both immersion in a local community and broad exposure to a variety of peoples, places and customs in India including an extensive two-week travel portion of the program to provide students a close up look at India's diversity.  Students will participate in two core courses designed to provide a broad overview of the historical, religious, geographical and economic landscape of India. Building on their basic understanding of India's past and contemporary realities students will have opportunities to explore a variety of issues -poverty, social justice, rapid social change, religious pluralism - through the eyes and experience of Indian Christians.  Rounding out the semester experience, students will also have the opportunity to take courses in their major areas with Indian students and professors.

At its heart, the India Studies Program strives to encourage and equip students to effectively relate to India and its people in an informed, constructive and Christ-centered manner.

Course Descriptions

Are under development

Latin American Studies Program (San Jose, Costa Rica)
Robert Baah, Coordinator, Foreign Language Department

Students of Council member colleges have the opportunity to live and learn in Latin America through the Latin American Studies Program (LASP), based in San Jose, Costa Rica. The program seeks to introduce students to as wide a range of Latin American experiences as possible through the study of language, literature, culture, politics, history, economics, ecology, and religion of the region.

Living with a Costa Rican family, students experience and become a part of the day-to-day lives of typical Latin Americans. Students also participate in a service opportunity and travel for three weeks to nearby Latin American nations. In addition to the regular program of interdisciplinary offerings, three specialized academic tracks are available to qualified students:

  • Advance Language and Literature Studies (limited to Spanish majors and offered both Autumn and Spring Quarters)
  • International Business and Management (offered in only Autumn Quarter)
  • Tropical Sciences (offered in only Spring Quarter).

Students in all tracks earn 24 quarter hours of credit.

Course Descriptions

BIO 4917 Latin American Studies Program: Science Seminar (6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into Latin American Studies program. Taught through the semester-long program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in Costa Rica. This seminar introduces students to biological field studies in a tropical location. May be taken as an alternative to SBS 4919, but is not recommended for the LAS major. Part of the tropical science track. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and non-matriculated students.

BIO 4918 Latin American Studies Program: Field Research (3) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Latin American Studies program. Taught through semester-long program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in Costa Rica. Part of the tropical science track. Attribute: Upper-Division. 

SBS 4911 Latin American Studies Program: Business Seminar (5) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance in Latin American Studies Program. Taught through semester-long program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities in Costa Rica. Students investigate management and marketing in Latin America. Businesses explored include export commodities and multinationals marketing in Latin America. Special emphasis given to sources of information for planning. Part of the international business track. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and non-matriculated students. 

SBS 4918 Latin American Studies Program: Seminar in Latin American Culture I: History, Contemporary Issues and Perspectives (5) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Latin American Studies Program. Taught through a semester-long program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in Costa Rica. This seminar introduces students to the historical development of Latin America, the variety of analytical perspectives from which Latin American reality is explained, the character, past and present, of U.S. policy in the region, and the nature and impact of the economic crisis in the region. Attributes: Social Science B; and Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and non-matriculated students. 

SBS 4919 Latin American Studies Program: Seminar in Latin American Culture II: Uniting Faith and Practice (4) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Latin American Studies Program. Taught through a semester-long program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in Costa Rica. This course introduces students to several perspectives on faith and practice in the context of Latin America, considers the historical development and current character of the church in Latin America, helps students gain an understanding of approaches to Third World development and enables students to reflect biblically on these topics. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and non-matriculated students. 

SBS 4920 Latin American Studies Program: Case Study/Project (4) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Latin American Studies Program. Taught through a semester-long program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in Costa Rica. Part of the international business track. Attribute: Upper-Division.

SBS 4921 Latin American Studies Program: Travel Practicum (1-2) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Latin American Studies Program. Taught through a semester-long program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in Costa Rica. Part of the tropical science track/advanced language and literature track/international business track. Attribute: Upper-Division. 

SBS 4922 Latin American Studies Program: Literature and Language (5) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Latin American Studies Program. Taught through a semester-long program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in Costa Rica. Part of the advanced language and literature track. Attribute: Upper-Division. 

SBS 4923 Latin American Studies Program: Work/Service Opportunity (4) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Latin American Studies Program. Taught through a semester-long program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in Costa Rica. Part of the advanced language and literature track. Attribute: Upper-Division. 

SBS 4937 International Practicum (6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Latin American Studies Program. Taught through a semester-long program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in Costa Rica. Opportunity to participate in a two-week, hands-on service project will be offered midway through the semester. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and non-matriculated students. 

SPN 4000 Latin American Studies Program: Spanish Language Study (9) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Latin American Studies Program. As a Latin American Studies participant, you study Spanish not only in the classroom, but also on the street, in your home, in your service opportunity and during travel throughout Latin America. Students come to Costa Rica with varying degrees of fluency in Spanish, so LASP places you in the Spanish class that corresponds to your level of oral and written proficiency based on the placement exam and interview you will receive during orientation. You will study grammar, conversation and/or literature, based on the results of your tests. Attribute: Upper-Division.

Middle East Studies Program (Cairo, Egypt)
Donald Holsinger, Coordinator, History Department


The Middle East Studies Program (MESP) based in Cairo, Egypt, allows Council students to explore and interact with the complex and strategic world of the modern Middle East. The interdisciplinary seminars give students the opportunity to explore the diverse religious, social, cultural, and literary traditions of Middle Eastern people.

  • In addition to seminars, students study the Arabic language and work as volunteers with various organizations in Cairo.
  • Through travel to Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Turkey, students are exposed to the diversity and dynamism of the region.

The MESP encourages and equips students to relate to the Muslim world in an informed, constructive, and Christ-centered manner in a time of tension and change. Students earn 24 quarter hours of credit. [Back to top]

Course Descriptions

ARAB 2000 Middle East: Introduction to Arabic Language (6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Middle East Studies Program. After a brief survey of the historical development of Arabic in the Middle East, both oral and written exercises form an integral part of the classroom program. This course incorporates the concept of communicative language acquisition to maximize the interaction of students with speakers of Arabic. Focusing on spoken Arabic, students are given a solid introduction to Egyptian colloquial grammar and a substantial amount of vocabulary. Students' involvement in weekly service opportunities further facilitates language acquisition. Class not open to freshmen and non-matriculated students.

SBS 4912 Middle East Seminar: People and Cultures (6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Middle East Studies Program. Autumn or spring semester study in Cairo, Egypt, with the Middle East Studies Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. Interdisciplinary introduction to the cultural, political and religious characteristics of Middle Eastern peoples. Attributes: Social Science B; and Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and non-matriculated students.  

SBS 4913 Middle East Seminar: Islamic Thought and Practice (6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Middle East Studies Program. Taught through semester-long program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in Cairo, Egypt. This course examines the doctrines, rituals, jurisprudence and historical vision of Islam with an emphasis on contemporary expressions of Islam in the Middle East. Special attention is given to the historical origins of religious traditions that are still alive today, namely Sunni, Shi'ite (Zaydi, Isma'ili and Twelver) and Sufi Islam, as well as the central features of Islamic theology and jurisprudence: the Qur'an, the Hadith, Kalaam and legal reasoning. Attributes: Arts and Humanities B; and Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and non-matriculated students.  

SBS 4914 Middle East Seminar: Conflict and Change (6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Middle East Studies Program. Taught through a semester-long program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in Cairo, Egypt. Interdisciplinary exploration of political, economic and cultural origins of conflict, in particular, the Arab-Israeli conflict. May include study trip to Israel and the West Bank. Attributes: Social Science B; and Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and non-matriculated students. 

The Scholars’ Semester in Oxford (Oxford)
Luke Reinsma, Coordinator, English Department

Honors students from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities have the opportunity to study in England in an interdisciplinary semester at Oxford University in England. The rigorous academic program, aimed at increasing critical-thinking skills and scholarship from a Christian perspective, allows participants to choose from a wide variety of tutorial study programs in numerous disciplines, including the arts, religion, history, literature, and philosophy.

  • In addition to two Oxford tutorials, students participate in a seminar and an integrative course through which they produce a scholarly project or term paper.
  • Field trips provide opportunities for experiential learning in England’s rich historical setting.
  • Students earn 24 quarter hours of credit as a member of Wycliffe Hall and visiting student of Oxford University.

Course Descriptions

SBS 4951 Oxford: Tutorial I (6-9) See current description at www.bestsemester.com. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class not open to graduate students. Class not open to freshmen. 

SBS 4952 Oxford: Tutorial II (4-6) See current description at www.bestsemester.com. Class not open to graduate students. Class not open to freshmen. 

SBS 4953 Oxford Integrative Seminar (5-6) See current description at www.bestsemester.com. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class not open to graduate students. Class not open to freshmen.

Oxford Summer School (Oxford)
Luke Reinsma , Coordinator, English Department
Students spend a summer term studying at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) of Keble College at Oxford University in England. The program includes multi-disciplinary study of the Renaissance and Reformation through examination of philosophy, art, literature, science, music, politics, and religion of early modern Europe in a choice of lectures, seminars, and fieldtrips. Students earn 9–13.5 quarter credits, which are administered directly to member institutions by CMRS credits. [Back to top]

Course Descriptions

FPA 4951 Oxford Arts Tutorial (6) Prerequisite: Admission to Oxford Honors. Taught through the historic one-to-one learning experience characteristic of the Oxford and Cambridge systems in England, this tutorial may include art, architecture, art history, drama and classics from the Medieval and Renaissance era and beyond in the framework of liberal arts exploration. Attributes: Arts and Humanities C; and Upper-Division. Class not open to graduate students. Class not open to freshmen.

RS 3000 Oxford: Christianity and Culture (3-6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. See current description at www.bestsemester.com. Attribute: Upper-Division. 

RS 4950 Oxford Summer Programme: Topical Seminar (1-2) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. See current description at www.bestsemester.com. May be repeated for credit up to 4 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division. 

RS 4980 Oxford Summer Programme: Field Seminar (1-2) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. See current description at www.bestsemester.com. May be repeated for credit up to 4 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division.

Uganda Studies Program (Mukono)
Kerry Dearborn, Coordinator, School of Theology

The Uganda Studies Program (USP) seeks to prepare students to live the Christian life in a world that is religiously and culturally pluralistic, whether in Africa, North America, or other parts of the world.

The USP seeks to introduce students to the dynamic world of the global south, focused in the vibrant East African nation of Uganda. Christianity there is joyful and growing rapidly, even as it engages Islam and secularization. USP students will move through this society first in the classes and dormitories of Uganda Christian University and then as learners observing places and people of interest around the country. Students earn 24 quarter hours of credit.

Course Descriptions

HUM 3111 Uganda Studies Program: African Literature (3-6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. See current description at www.bestsemester.com. Attributes: Arts and Humanities B; and Upper-Division. 

RS 3100 Uganda Studies Program: Faith and Practice (3-6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. See current description at www.bestsemester.com. Attribute: Upper-Division. 

RS 3101 Uganda Studies Program: Religions, Christianity and Islam in Contemporary Africa (3-6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. See current description at www.bestsemester.com. Attribute: Upper-Division. 

RS 3120 Uganda: Forming a Christian Worldview (1-6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the CCCU Uganda Studies Program.  For a current description, please see www.bestsemester.com

RS 3121 Uganda: African Christian Theology (1-6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the CCCU Uganda Studies Program.  For a current description, please see www.bestsemester.com

RS 3122 Uganda: Theory and Practice Missions (1-6) Prerequisite: Acceptance into the CCCU Uganda Studies Program.  For a current description, please see www.bestsemester.com

SBS 3120 Uganda Studies Program: Elective Studies (1-6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. See current description at www.bestsemester.com. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division. 

SBS 3121 Uganda: Geography (1-6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the CCCU Uganda Studies Program.  For a current description, please see www.bestsemester.com

SBS 3130 Uganda Studies Program: African History and Culture (3-6) Registration approval: Travel Studies Form. See current description at www.bestsemester.com. Attributes: Social Science B; and Upper-Division. 

Washington Journalism Center (Washington, D.C.)
Rick Jackson, Coordinator, Communication Department

The Washington Journalism Center is an advanced, experiential semester on Capitol Hill that will cultivate professional news skills and encourage students to think through the implications of being a Christian working in the news media in a city that is home to the powerful and the powerless. [Back to top]

Course Descriptions

JRN 4950 CCCU: Special Topics in Journalism (1-6) Registration approval: Coordinator. CCCU: Special Topics in Journalism may be repeated for credit up to 6 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division.


VISIT/TRANSFER PROGRAMS

Clark Atlanta, Consortium Visitor Program, FIT, FIDM

Students can register for the following programs through SPU agreements. Those interested in one of these programs will meet with the designated contact at SPU, but will register for classes through the institution they visit.

Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, Georgia)
Seattle Pacific University and Clark Atlanta University are sister schools. Students are able to study at each institution with the permission of the vice president for academic affairs. Information is available from the Office of Student Life. [Back to top]

Consortium Visitor Program (Various Locations)
Students may elect to attend one of the other 12 Christian College Consortium schools on a visitor basis for one or two quarters on the Student Visitor Program.

In addition to SPU, Consortium schools include Asbury College, Bethel College (St. Paul), George Fox University, Gordon College, Greenville College, Houghton College, Malone College, Messiah College, Taylor University, Trinity International University, Westmont College and Wheaton College.

Applications should be filed through Student Academic Services. This program is eligible to students who have completed one year in residence at SPU and in good academic standing. The deadline for Autumn Quarter is March 1; for Winter Quarter and Spring Quarter, the deadline is October 1. Information is available in Student Academic Services on campus, and by clicking here.

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Program (Los Angeles)
Students have an option of pursuing a concentrated year of training in interior design by participating in the liaison program with the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles.

Students electing to participate in the FIDM liaison should apply in their junior year and attend during their senior year. Students considering this option should seek advisement early in their academic careers in order to meet the requirements of both FIDM and SPU.

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Program (New York, New York)
Students in the textiles and clothing program who have major status and have maintained a satisfactory grade-point average may select from nine additional specializations if they are accepted into the liaison program with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City.

Those students who choose the FIT option must be accepted into the major and work closely with their advisor in selecting courses that best prepare them for their chosen major. Specializations offered through the liaison program with FIT include: accessories design; advertising and communication; advertising design; manufacturing management; fashion design; fashion buying and merchandising; jewelry design; textile/surface design; and textile development and marketing.

 

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