A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Creation Care Study

Affiliated Off Campus Program (12 - 14 credtis)

CCSP is a 15 week residential interdisciplinary environmental studies program based in Belize and New Zealand. The core curriculum consists of three 4-credit courses: God and Nature; Tropical Ecosystems (Belize program); Ecosystems of New Zealand (South Pacific program); and Sustainable Community Development; and a 3-credit core course, Introduction to Environmental Literature. In addition, students in the Belize program can take a two-week internship (2 credits) while the New Zealand students do an experiential sustainable community development week. CCSP courses are comprised of several integrated block classes taught over the span of the semester. Both programs include extensive homestay periods. Some homestays are a part of academic courses, and others are for cross-cultural learning and program enrichment. All courses receive Houghton Credit.

Belize Program (15-17 credits): Located along the Caribbean coast of Central America, Belize is home to a host of cultures as well as inspiring ecological diversity. CCSP students examine sustainable development and tropical ecology through a Christian lens of creation care and stewardship by utilizing field studies in Belizean villages, tropical rainforests, mountain streams and Caribbean atolls. Students also have the opportunity to take part in interest-specific internship and practicum experiences with Belizean organizations. Throughout the semester, the schedule also allows for independent exploration of Belize (and neighboring countries) during breaks and free weekends.

New Zealand Program (15 credits): From New Zealand’s snow-capped mountains to its topaz coastline, students explore a wonderland of unique ecosystems. Home to about twelve percent of all the earth’s endangered species and a world leading innovator in conservation and environmental management, New Zealand is an ideal place for studying care of creation. The rigorous academic semester is enhanced by a community living experience from the first day students move into CCSP’s Old Convent campus, to homestays with locals. The schedule also allows for independent travel during a week-long mid-semester break and during free weekends.


Course Descriptions

Belize Internship Elective

2-

This course, which includes a homestay experience, allows students the opportunity to begin applying the knowledge that they have gained in a practical way while in Belize. Internships are selected based upon student’s area of study, interests and professional aspirations. Through journals, discussions, readings, papers and presentations, students develop a greater understanding of what it means to engage in work in their field - particularly in the developing world. (Internship or general elective credit)

Belize Tropical Ecosystems (200 course level)

4-

In this field-based ecology course students explore with experts forest, stream, and near-shore marine environments - coral reef, mangrove, and sea grass - in Belize. In addition to studying these various ecosystems, this class is also designed to help students scientifically apprehend a broad understanding of global environmental issues. (IS Creation: Lab Science, Biology major/minor, or general elective)

ENGL 307 Environmental Literature

3-

This course introduces students to the landscape of environmental literature, both past and present, providing a solid grounding in the field. Through key readings, discussions, and reflections of various environmental literature forms including short story, essay, and poetry, students consider what makes literature “environmental” and why this field of literature was and is so important in shaping an earthy faith, and worldview. (ENGL credit for major/minor or general elective).

THEL 305 God and Nature

4-

Central to the mission of Creation Care Studies Program, this course helps students to develop a theology of creation that understands humans as stewards of the earth. Through the study of scripture, and other relevant texts, students explore the theology of creation, biblical stewardship, questions of faith and science, and Christian responses to current environmental problems. (THEL credit for major/minor or general elective).

SOC 305 Introduction to Sustainable Community Development

4-

This course explores how knowledge of ecological systems, globalization, political economy, and the biblical worldview come together in the pursuit of development that is community-minded, just, and ecologically sustainable. Through readings, lectures and fieldtrips, students study complex issues in sustainable development such as the nexus of poverty, the environment, and justice, and the many practical challenges associated with sustainable community development. (Major/minor credit for Sociology, INCL elective or optional elective for Development Concentration, or general elective).

INCL 305 Introduction to Sustainable Community Development

4-

This course explores how knowledge of ecological systems, globalization, political economy, and the biblical worldview come together in the pursuit of development that is community-minded, just, and ecologically sustainable. Through readings, lectures and fieldtrips, students study complex issues in sustainable development such as the nexus of poverty, the environment, and justice, and the many practical challenges associated with sustainable community development. (Major/minor credit for Sociology, INCL elective or optional elective for Development Concentration, or general elective).

BIOL 205 New Zealand Ecosystems

4-

In this field-based ecology course students nor only explore New Zealand’s fascinating terrestrial and near-shore marine ecosystems, they also undertake a terrestrial ecosystems research project. In addition to studying New Zealand ecosystems this course is also designed to help students scientifically apprehend a broad understanding of global environmental issues. (IS Creation: Lab Science, Biology major/minor, or general elective).

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