Founded in 1976, the American Studies Program (ASP) has served hundreds of students as a "Washington, D.C. campus." ASP uses Washington as a stimulating educational laboratory where college students gain hands-on experience with an internship in their chosen field, tailored to fit the students' talents and aspirations. Participants also explore pressing national and international issues in public policy seminars led by ASP faculty and Washington professionals. The program aims to help students live faithfully in contemporary society as followers of Christ.
The Contemporary Music Center provides students with the opportunity to live and work in the refining context of community while seeking to understand to integrate music, faith, and business. Both the Artist and Executive tracks offer students instruction, experience, and a uniquely Christ-centered perspective on creativity and the marketplace, while working together to create and market a recording of original music. Both tracks include coursework, labs, directed study, and a practicum.
Based in Amman, Jordan, the Middle East Studies Program* (MESP) offers students a unique opportunity to explore and interact with the complex and strategic world of the modern Middle East. Students explore diverse religious, social, cultural, and political traditions of Middle Eastern peoples through interdisciplinary seminars. Students also study the Arabic language and work as volunteers with various organizations around Jordan. Through travel in the region (typically Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Turkey, and Spain), students are exposed to the diversity and dynamism of the region. At a time of tension and change in the Middle East, MESP encourages and equips students to relate to the Muslim world in an informed, constructive, and Christ-centered manner.
The Scholar's Semester in Oxford* (SSO) is designed for students interested in completing intensive scholarship. Working with academic tutors, students advance their academic writing and research skills and explore the disciplines and interests of their choice. As visiting students of Oxford University and members of Wycliffe Hall, students have the privilege to study and learn in one of the university's historic halls. The SSO is designed for students interested in the fields of classics, English and literature, theology and religious studies, philosophy, and history, though all majors may apply. Applicants are generally honors and other very high-achieving students and must have a 3.7 GPA to be considered for the program.