Department of Off Campus Study Opportunites

view dept. website http://www.houghton.edu/academics/off-campus-programs/

Marcus W. Dean, Director

585.567.9634 | OCS@houghton.edu
Overview

Houghton College students have access to several unique opportunities as outlined in the academic information section earlier in the catalog. Some are operated entirely by Houghton College, others in cooperation with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities or the Christian College Consortium. Houghton’s own opportunities are under the general direction of the academic dean and are staffed by faculty of various academic departments, as per the needs of each opportunity. More detailed information is available through the Off-Campus Opportunities Office located in the Chamberlain Center, Room 413.

Participating in an off-campus opportunity is an academic privilege that can enhance the student’s education. Because of the additional demands faced in the off-campus setting, students are required to have a 2.5 or higher GPA to participate in any off-campus opportunity. Several of Houghton's opportunities require a 2.75 GPA.

Consortium Visitor: Houghton has agreements with most of the other 12 colleges in the Christian College Consortium to allow single-semester visiting student status at another college. For information on the opportunities, requirements, and essential paperwork, contact to the Academic Records Office.

Honors Opportunities
Courses
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ANTH 256 History, Religion, & Society of the Mekong Region

3-F&S

This course provides an introduction of the historical and social context of the Mekong subregion of South East Asia and explores the dynamics between religious, political, and other social foundations and contemporary forces of change. The course begins with a survey of the major religions of the region (chiefly Buddhism and tribal Animism) and their enduring influence of worldview and culture. The course proceeds with a survey of regional history from ancient times (including the Lana kingdom, of particular significance to Chiang Mai’s heritage) through nation building and international relations to the emergence of globalization. Students will be guided to explore the influence of intangible factors on tangible institutions and historical events. The course includes several excursions to nearby sites and guest lectures to ground the knowledge of the Mekong region with an experiential sense of place and perspective. Liberal Arts.

ANTH 293 East African Cultures

4-S

Intensive study of East African ethnic groups – their beliefs, behaviors, work, societies. Lectures, which include foundational anthropological theory as well as ethnic descriptions, are augmented by observations and home stays amongst the Massai, Kelenjin, Murle, Hehe or other peoples. Sociology, Intercultural Studies elective credit. Houghton in Tanzania Program. Liberal Arts.

ANTH 340 African Traditional Culture and Religion

3-F&S

Fast traveling means and fast communication have shrunk the world into almost one village. However, the ease of contact does not necessarily mean ease of mutual understanding and it has become imperative to understand other cultures to be able to relate to each other as human beings. The aim of this course is to provide the students with the academic tools for social and cultural analysis with a specific focus on the African traditional culture and religion in general with a special emphasis and examples drawn from the Rwanda culture and religion. The course will explore some of the characteristics of the African cultures and traditional religions, the values and social perspectives they vehicle and it will look at the influence of those cultures on the receptivity to Christianity, Islam and development. Liberal Arts

ART 348 Fine Arts of Southeastern Europe

4-WSP

Art history of Catholic southern Europe and especially of the Venetian Empire, principally painting and architecture. Comparison is made with the art and iconography of Orthodox Europe, especially of Serbia and Macedonia. Some study of Ottoman Muslim art during time in Bosnia. Houghton Balkans Semester Program. Culture: Art.

BIOL 207 Wildlife Behavior in East Africa

4-S

Ethnology of East African wildlife including the principles of feeding and social behavior, mate selection, migrations and communication. Lectures and two weeks of field observations at the Tanzania Field Station. Houghton in Tanzania Program. Creation: Lab science or 2nd science. Liberal Arts.

INCL 255 Thai Cultural Arts

3-F&S

This course explores the Thai arts as both cultural expression and cultural epistemology (a way of engaging and knowing the world that differs from Western empiricism and consumerism). It provides hands on experience of the ways in which the arts can serve as an agent of preservation as well as an agent of transformation in culture. It seeks to guide students in the exploration of the spiritual, philosophical, social, and psychological drivers of the cultural arts in order to gain a deeper appreciation of diversity and human creativity. Students will be introduced to a broad array of artistic expression and media in Thailand under the guidance of local experts and artists (including visual arts, music, hand crafts, culinary arts, dance, Likay, and other performing arts). Students will come to appreciate the unique role and effectiveness of the arts in culture (e.g. prophetic confrontation of injustice with the status quo, or communicating in ways that overcome linguistic barriers, etc.) and gain a new sense of value of the arts for their life and work. The course has a high emphasis on participation and reflection. Culture: Art. Liberal Arts.

INCL 256 History, Religion, & Society of the Mekong Region

3-F&S

This course provides an introduction of the historical and social context of the Mekong subregion of South East Asia and explores the dynamics between religious, political, and other social foundations and contemporary forces of change. The course begins with a survey of the major religions of the region (chiefly Buddhism and tribal Animism) and their enduring influence of worldview and culture. The course proceeds with a survey of regional history from ancient times (including the Lana kingdom, of particular significance to Chiang Mai’s heritage) through nation building and international relations to the emergence of globalization. Students will be guided to explore the influence of intangible factors on tangible institutions and historical events. The course includes several excursions to nearby sites and guest lectures to ground the knowledge of the Mekong region with an experiential sense of place and perspective. Liberal Arts.

INCL 314 Exclusion and Exploitation: Marginal people of the Mekong

3-F&S

This course examines the exclusion and exploitation of people in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). Topics to be covered include: Identifying the various groups of people who are marginalized in the GMS and the basis of their exclusion (including race, ethnicity, nationality, citizenship, gender, religion, economic status, and other factors); Describing the types of injustice faced (including poverty, human rights violations, discrimination, prejudice, genocide, persecution, labor exploitation, trafficking, prostitution, forced migration of IDPs, refugees and economic refugees); Examining the history, context and causes of exclusion and exploitation; and analyzing indigenous, governmental, NGO, and faith-based responses. Liberal Arts.

INCL 319 Cross- Cultural Field Practicum

3-F&S

This course is designed to give students hands on cross-cultural experience with community development work in East Africa. Students will be exposed to international development and relief programs, have the opportunity to work in cross-cultural work environments, and to contribute meaningfully to their assigned program. Students will begin to assess their own ability to live and work in cross-cultural settings as well as be introduced to the challenges faced in the Millennium Development Goals. Liberal Arts

INCL 340 African Traditional Culture and Religion

3-F&S

Fast traveling means and fast communication have shrunk the world into almost one village. However, the ease of contact does not necessarily mean ease of mutual understanding and it has become imperative to understand other cultures to be able to relate to each other as human beings. The aim of this course is to provide the students with the academic tools for social and cultural analysis with a specific focus on the African traditional culture and religion in general with a special emphasis and examples drawn from the Rwanda culture and religion. The course will explore some of the characteristics of the African cultures and traditional religions, the values and social perspectives they vehicle and it will look at the influence of those cultures on the receptivity to Christianity, Islam and development. Liberal Arts

INCL 345 Peacebuilding: Genocide and Religious Diversity

3-F&S

This course explores issues of peace building and reconciliation in the Great Lakes region. While the primary focus is on the Rwandan context, other conflicts and situations in the region are also addressed. Students will study issues in the healing of trauma (both personal and social), the processes of building peace, and establishing reconciliation in Rwanda. The history of Rwanda is important to understanding the basis of genocide. As students learn about the reconstruction process they will discover the roles played by the state, the church, and non-governmental organizations. The role of the international community both during the genocide and during the rebuilding process will be discussed. Students will also discuss the increasing presence of religious diversity. Students will have opportunities to interact with individuals who experienced these human tragedies as well as those who are at the forefront of reconciliation work in the country. Liberal Arts

INCL 381 Social Context for Community Development

3-F&S

As this is a course looking at the social context of community development, we will begin our discussions by looking at society, its structure and a variety of social contexts. We will then examine poverty, worldviews, and a continuum of development practices. We will discuss a variety of tools and hopefully come up with a few new ones before our field visits toward the end of the course. There will be short writing assignments given through-out the course, each designed to help you think through the material presented. You will have a final project due at the end of the course. We will discuss topics for same during the first week of class. The last two class days will be dedicated to giving presentations based on your final papers. Liberal Arts

INTS 275 Engaging Urban Culture

1-F&S

Students will explore some aspects of urban culture. Meetings will be held every other week in a setting outside of the classroom. This course provides academic structure for engagement that will help students to experience, explore, and understand the complex diversity of Buffalo and to foster reflection on our place in a diverse world. Events will be planned that explore features of urban culture, such as history, architecture, music, the visual and dramatic arts, and other aspects of Buffalo and its subcultures. [a lab or activity fee may be charged] Houghton College City Semester program. Liberal Arts.

MISS 395 ST: Missions in Africa

2-4-WSP

The Gospel in East Africa. Exploration of the receptivity of African Christians to the Gospel from first hand encounter with African Christians and church leaders. Analysis of traditions, practice, forms and experiences. Also, an examination of strategies for furthering the Gospel including varieties of missionary methods. First hand contact with numerous missionary efforts. Clear view of the impact of Christianity and the ongoing challenges in East Africa. Missions, Intercultural Studies or elective credits. Prerequisite: previous course work in missions or permission of instructor. Optional Houghton in Tanzania Program course.

POLS 344 Peacebuilding: Genocide and Religious Diversity

3-F&S

This course explores issues of peace building and reconciliation in the Great Lakes region. While the primary focus is on the Rwandan context, other conflicts and situations in the region are also addressed. Students will study issues in the healing of trauma (both personal and social), the processes of building peace, and establishing reconciliation in Rwanda. The history of Rwanda is important to understanding the basis of genocide. As students learn about the reconstruction process they will discover the roles played by the state, the church, and non-governmental organizations. The role of the international community both during the genocide and during the rebuilding process will be discussed. Students will also discuss the increasing presence of religious diversity. Students will have opportunities to interact with individuals who experienced these human tragedies as well as those who are at the forefront of reconciliation work in the country. Liberal Arts

SOC 293 East African Cultures

4-S

Intensive study of East African ethnic groups – their beliefs, behaviors, work, societies. Lectures, which include foundational anthropological theory as well as ethnic descriptions, are augmented by observations and home stays amongst the Massai, Kelenjin, Murle, Hehe or other peoples. Sociology, Intercultural Studies elective credit. Houghton in Tanzania Program. Liberal Arts.

THEL 346 Elements of Catholic, Muslim and Orthodox Theology

4-F

An examination of the development of Catholic and Orthodox theology and practices from the early Middle Ages with a particular emphasis upon major figures, and differences between the traditions. An introduction will be given to Islam with particular attention paid to Christian-Muslim interaction from the seventh century through to modern times and to syncretistic folk religion, the dervish, etc. Houghton Balkans Semester Program.

Prerequisite Courses: THEL 209

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