BIOL 380 or GEMS 195: Field Studies In Michigan: The Biology And Diversity Of Birds (4 credits)

May Term (May 5-30)                        

Professor Eldon Greij (


This field-study course will involve lecture, laboratory, and field trips to study the biology, natural history, and identification of birds.  Emphasis will be on bird diversity.  It will include local field trips as well as two extended field trips of about nine days total that will involve tent camping.


Biol 380 meets the diversity requirement for the Biology major; Gems 195 fulfills the natural science lab (NSL) general education requirement. 


Approximate Cost of Course (excluding tuition):  $434


EDUC 488: Rural Education in Northern Michigan (4 credits)

May Term (May 5-30)                        

Professor John Yelding (


This course provides students an immersion experience in the rural education environment where they spend three weeks working directly with children.  Under the guidance of skilled educators, students plan and deliver their own lessons, grade papers, assess student progress, and assume responsibility for all aspects of classroom management.


Those who have participated in the program describe it as “confirming of their calling to be a teacher", "a great opportunity to reflect and grow", and "powerfully insightful as to what it is really like to be a professional educator.” The class is open to all students who have successfully completed Educational Psychology (EDUC 220/221).


The course can be substituted for some general education or major requirements.  See Professor Yelding for details.


Approximate Cost of Course (excluding tuition):  $100


EDUC 488: Cross Cultural Education: Native American Studies (4 credits)

May Term (May 5-23)                        

Professor Susan Cherup (


This course provides sophomore, junior and senior level students an opportunity to learn the history, culture, educational system and current issues affecting the Sioux Nation.  While living on Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, students will teach in the Todd County Schools in the subject area or grade level of their choice.  Social Work students will be teamed with social workers at the elementary and middle school levels. 


Orientation to the culture will occur prior to the experience in the schools. 


Approximate Cost of Course (excluding tuition):  $650


PHIL 232/IDS 495: Community, Spirituality & Nature: Exploring the Place of Humans in the Grand Tetons & Yellowstone (4 credits)

May Term (May 5-30)            

Professor James Allis (


Humans are part of nature, but at times we also see ourselves as distinct from nature.  What might be the relationships between humans and nature, and where, if at all, might God be in such relationships? 


In this course we will explore such questions through an integration of philosophical and ecological approaches.  During much of early modern western history, numerous philosophers, scientists and Christians emphasized the mastery and control of nature by humans.  However, others throughout history have challenged this view, and especially in the twentieth century, the rise of ecology as a science and the environmental movement have offered a very different understanding of the relationship between humans and nature. 


During the first week on campus we will investigate how human relationships with nature have been influenced by ideas and arguments put forward by some of the more influential thinkers in the Western traditions, such as Rene Descartes, John Locke, Martin Buber and Martin Heidegger.  Then we will go out to Wyoming and stay at the Murie Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. There we will engage in conversations with a variety of people—long time residents, park officials, fishing and rafting guides, ranchers, business people—to learn how individuals are struggling to work out some sort of understanding of this mysterious relationship between humans and nature.  We will take several trips (and engage in some projects) to consider patterns of deer movements, wolf habitats, beaver dams and elk populations, as well as the impact of the increasing population in the nearby city of Jackson, which in recent years has become one of the country’s most prominent vacation destinations.  We will also take day hikes just to have a good time and enjoy the incredible beauty of this place.  After our stay at the Murie Center, we will take a 4-5 day back packing trip through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which includes both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.  (No prior backpacking experience needed). 


Throughout the course, our focus will be on what does it mean to be human?  What matters to you in trying to live your particular human life?  What’s important to you as you develop your self?  How do you see your place in the world?  What’s your relation with the natural world?  With God?  How might you wish to live your life?


May be taken as PHIL 232, Modern Philosophy, which fulfils Cultural Heritage II (CH2) of the general education requirement; PHIL 495; or IDS 495, Senior Seminar.


Approximate cost of course (excluding tuition):  $1,380


POL 365/IDS 495: Wilderness Politics in Colorado (3 or 4 credits)

July Term (July 28-August 16)

Professor Jack Holmes (


Wilderness Politics is a case examination of the American political system through a detailed field study of the Wilderness issue.  The three-week course is held in Colorado each summer with one week devoted to group interviews on the subject, one week to a field trip, and a final week to a term project which can be done in a location of the student’s choice. 


Special emphasis is placed on the interaction of local, state, and national governments in addressing one of the most controversial issues in the Western United States.  Open to qualified students in all classes. Register for POL 365 (3 credits) or IDS 495 (4 credits). 


Approximate Cost of Course (excluding tuition):  $660

POL 391: Internship in Washington, D.C. (3-6 credits)
June Term (June 2-July 25)                    
Professor Jack Holmes (
This course, which takes place in Washington, D.C., is open only to students who have taken Political Science 294: Government in Washington.  The course offers the student an opportunity to participate in one eight-week, June-July internship for 3 to 6 hours of credit.  Internships will be tailored to the particular interests of the student.  A journal or paper is required.
Open to qualified students in all classes.  May vary dates according to amount of credit desired.  
Approximate Cost of Course (excluding tuition): $100 deposit (applied to tuition) and all transportation and living costs




BIOL 380: Field Studies in East Africa (4 credits)

May Term (May 5-27)

Professor Harvey Blankespoor (


Field Studies in East Africa is an introduction to the natural history of the plants and animals in northern Tanzania and the Island of Zanzibar.  The itinerary includes excursions to Lake Manyara National Park, Arusha National Park, Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and the surrounding Conservation Area, Olduvai, The Shifting Sands, and a Maasai village and school.  On the Island of Zanzibar, students will visit Stone Town, slave-holding sites used in the 19th century, fishing villages on the Indian Ocean, coral reefs, spice plantations, and the last remaining colony of the red-backed Colobus monkeys.


Lectures, slide presentations, journal entries, field trips and other activities of participation will all be a part of the course.  Prerequisites include at least one year of Biology or permission of the instructor.  The estimated cost does NOT cover vaccinations, passports, visas, travel cancellation insurance, a few meals in Arusha, and personal items.


Approximate Cost of Course (excluding tuition: $5,100


EDUC 282/283: Literacy II: Reading and the Language Arts, Grades 3-6; or EDUC 360/361: Secondary Principles and Methods (4 credits)

May Term (May 5-25)                                    

Professors Laura Pardo ( and C.Baars Bultman (


These courses will be taught in the elementary and secondary schools of Liverpool, England, UK, with the cooperation and assistance of Hope’s partner institution in the UK: Liverpool Hope University.  All teacher candidates will enroll in the May Term, but receive credit for the appropriate set of courses as dictated by their certification program.


Elementary Certification Candidates

282. Literacy II:  Reading and the Language Arts, Grades 3-6.  The focus of this course is the transitional reader, the child becoming an independent reader in the elementary classroom.  Building on the foundation provided in Literacy I, prospective teachers will consider issues surrounding content-area reading and the growing use of expository texts.  Instructional scaffolding for continued student growth will be an additional focus.  Informal and formal assessment, children’s literature, and the integrated language arts will provide a framework for developing professional abilities in designing instruction which engages all learners.


283. Field Placement.  A coordinated, supervised field placement in an appropriate elementary school setting in Liverpool, ages 8-12. 


Secondary Certification Candidates

360. Secondary Principles.  A study of secondary schools, with particular emphasis on principles and purposes.  In conjunction with the various content-area methods courses, this course is designed to prepare students for teaching in middle schools and junior or senior high schools.


361. Secondary Principles Field Placement.  This 25-30 hour, coordinated, supervised, pre-student teaching placement in an appropriate secondary school setting in Liverpool, ages 13-18.


Approximate Cost of Course (excluding tuition):  $3,895


IDS 280: Seminar on Contemporary Issues in Japan (4 credits)

May Term (May 15-June 12)              

Professors Andrew Dell’Olio (, Robert Hodson ( and Andy Nakajima (


This seminar serves as an introduction to the rich cultural traditions of Japan.  A series of lectures and field trips as well as personal contact with Japanese students will give a unique perspective on various aspects of contemporary Japanese society.


Classes are held on the campuses of Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo and Yokohama.  The university setting allows Hope students to observe and participate in student activities on the campus and interact informally with university students, especially those who have visited Hope College or who plan to come to Hope’s campus next September.  The class lectures focus on the study of culture and religion, social and economic issues in Japan, Japanese education, as well as some “survival” Japanese lessons.  Class content is reinforced with field trips to an elementary school and relevant business, social service, religious and historical sites.  Students are housed in the central area of Tokyo with easy access by train or subway to museums, commercial and shopping areas and cultural centers.


An important aspect of the program is a weekend home stay with a Japanese family.  Usually Japanese families entertain guests outside of their homes, so this is a special opportunity to learn about Japanese home life first hand.


Since one cannot fully understand contemporary Japan without understanding its historical and cultural traditions, the participants will travel to the historic and cultural

centers of Japan.  Near Tokyo these centers include Nikko, with its famous ornate architecture, and Kamakura, site of the great outside Buddha and many temples and shrines.  The last week of the program we will travel to such places as Kyoto, which offers 2000 years of history; Hiroshima, site of the Peace Memorial Park, a tribute to the victims of the atomic bomb; and Mt. Fuji, the most beautiful, highest mountain in Japan.  Knowledge of  the Japanese language is not required.


*All participants will earn 4 credits for IDS 280  Students who are interested in earning extra course credits can register for an additional 2- 4 credits.  Credits may be substituted for some general education requirements (RL2, FA2, S2A, CD, CH2).  Please check with the Registrar’s office.


Approximate Cost of Course (includes tuition for four credit hours, lodging, meals, field trips, and airfare):  $4,000


IDS 495: Celtic Wisdom and Irish Culture (4 credits)

May Term (May 5-30)            

Professor John Tammi (


This Senior Seminar will confront questions of “value and belief” within the rich and complex context of Irish history and culture.  The aim of the course is to experience the art, literature, politics and wit of the Irish people, and to discover the spiritual qualities in these and other dimensions of Irish life and thought.  We will find that these spiritual qualities pre-date the coming of Christianity to Ireland in the fourth century and continue to inform and challenge Ireland in the twenty-first century. 


Christianity made a deep impression on Irish life, of course.  At the same time, however, Irish culture absorbed Christianity and reshaped it according to its own needs and in keeping with the rich cultural and social traditions already well established in pagan (Celtic or pre-Christian) Ireland.  The carryover of pre-Christian traditions and values is evident, for example, in the Irish reverence for learning, storytelling, and faithfulness to family and friends.  The privileged status of scholars and artists in contemporary Ireland is foretold by the privileged position of the seanachies, bards and brehons of the pre-Christian age.  The energy and creative genius in modern Irish drama, poetry and literature has its roots in the oral traditions of the pre-Christian and pre-literate Celts.  The political, economic and social successes of generations of  Irish immigrants to Canada, Australia, the United States, and even England is owing in no small part to the high value placed on personal ties and loyalties within their communities that has held those ties and loyalties in greater regard than any successes that might ensue from them. 


The Irish adopted Christianity with enthusiasm and put it in the service of values already cherished.  They gave to Christianity an earthbound, generous impulse that is tolerant and clear-eyed, a serviceable spirituality.


A pre-requisite of the course is regular attendance at weekly, on-campus orientation meetings during the Spring semester; time and place will be arranged once all participants have been selected.


Approximate Cost of Course (excluding tuition and texts): $2,900



IDS 495 & Major 495: Hope Blooms: Vocation and Social Entrepreneurship in Puerto Escondido (8 credits)

May & June Term (May 6-June 30)

Professor Robin Klay (


This program provides students with opportunities for personal and professional development in a challenging, international environment, while serving the community by uniting with local efforts to develop the area of Puerto Escondido, Mexico.  The internship portion of the program earns students 4 Hope College credits in Spanish or in the student's major.  The course portion of the program earns credits for Senior Seminar or another core requirement. 


Students work approximately four days a week for six weeks with organizations in Puerto Escondido, including Habitat for Humanity, churches, schools, clinics, and others.  They are supervised on site by one of the leaders of the organization for which they are working.  Internships are available in such areas as: management, teaching, religion, nursing and pre-med, ESL teaching, sports, natural sciences, engineering, fine arts, and more.


Students stay with Mexican host families.  "I loved my home stay!  I felt safe, welcome, and part of the family.  It was one of the best parts of the trip for me," says a grad of the '06 program.


Puerto Escondido is a small town located on the Pacific Coast in Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca.  Oaxaca, one of Mexico's most economically underdeveloped states, is rich in culture, history, and natural beauty.  The program includes speakers and site visits throughout the area to expose students to Mexico’s culture, economy and social organizations.


Requirements of the program include: (1) demonstrated Spanish competency at or beyond Spanish IV level; and (2) enrollment in IDS 295 Mexico May Term Prep, a 2-credit course during the Spring Semester, in preparation for both the internship and the senior seminar.


Much more information is available on the Hope Blooms website: 


Approximate Cost of Course (excluding tuition and airfare): $2,650

MGMT 358/ECON 358/IDS 495: Management in the British Economy (4 credits)

May Term (May 5-26)

Professors Thomas Smith ( and James Heisler (


This interdisciplinary course explores the economy, politics and culture in Britain as they influence values and attitudes toward business and business practices.  Seminars with leaders of business, labor and government are conducted in London and various other locations in England.  Organizations visited in recent years include:  United Biscuits, Goldman Sachs, Herman Miller, The All-England Tennis and Croquet Club (Wimbledon), the Bank of England, Trades Union Congress, the BBC and Parliament.  Special attention is paid to unique forms of management and business organizations as well as the role of the UK in the European Union.  The program also places emphasis on cultural experiences including theatre, concerts, art galleries, and museums.  An optional trip to Paris for four days is a regular feature of the program.


The course, intended for Economics, Management, and Accounting majors and minors, may be used to fulfill requirements for the Management and Economics majors, the Senior Seminar (when taken as IDS 495, Management Themes and Values), and general electives.


Approximate Cost of Course (excluding tuition and airfare):  $3,400


MUS 295/IDS 495: The Sacred and the Profane: A Musical Tour of Great Britain

(4 credits)

May Term (May 15-June 1)

Professors Brad Richmond ( and David Stubbs


In our course, fourteen students and two instructors will boldly journey together into the world of English cathedrals, folk houses, and pubs armed with backpacks, a love of music, background knowledge about the sacred and profane and the traditions we will encounter, and a keen interest in sampling the rich life of those places.  Our travels will take us to London, Canterbury, Bath, Cambridge, and back to London.  We want to deeply experience and reflect on the worldviews that are expressed in the music and liturgies of the cathedrals, and in the folk-music and folk-dance traditions found in English pubs.  Through appreciating these traditions and exploring their similarities and differences, our goal is to come to a deeper understanding of our own world-view and that of modern culture.


Modern culture has created a strict separation between the “sacred” and the “profane.”  The so-called profane or secular world of science, technology, and the economy has taken center-stage in modern culture in general and in England in particular, and created a culture which embodies a worldview in which there is little need for reference to God, to religion, or to the sacred.  But in the cathedrals and in many of the pubs and other folk-venues of England, one encounters something else.  Something that is as different from modern culture as stone cathedrals and pubs are from contemporary office buildings.  Once could say that in these places, the sacred might still be found.  Or put otherwise, different visions of the so-called sacred and profane shine forth in their music and life.


Approximate Cost of Course  (excluding tuition):  $3,150

IDS 495: Engineers Without Borders -- Cameroon (4 credits)

May Term (May 5-May 30)

Professor Amanda Barton (

This course is only available by permission of the instructor for rising juniors and seniors who are participating in the May Engineers without Borders-Cameroon trip as part of the interdisciplinary team traveling to Cameroon.

This class is a senior seminar integrating the things you have learned while at Hope College with your prior experience and with new material related to human rights and the value placed on human life. As a seminar, it willl require each member to prepare for class and to actively participate in the discussions.

The topic we are going to explore together involves some of the most horrible times in the recent history of our world. Together we will travel from the Nazi concentration camps to the South Bronx. We will stop along the way to learn about Apartheid in South Africa, the brutal civil war in Sierra Leone, and the challenges faced by countless children everyday around the world. We look at these events not to think betteror holier of ourselves, nor for the sensationalism of these horrific acts, but to have our hearts softened towards our brother and our ears attuned to our sister's cries for help. By looking out at the world, we often get a fresh and deeper look at what is within ourselves.

The Cameroon trip is currently budgeted to cost $2,500 per person (excluding tuition). 


REL 480: The Indian Worldview (4 credits)

May Term (May 5-June 2)                              

Professor Boyd Wilson (


The purpose of this travel-seminar, A View of the Indian World:  The Indian Worldview, is to introduce students to the world of India as well as the world of meaning that is assumed in India.  Although there will be extensive travel and sight-seeing during the four weeks in India, the emphasis is not on tourism.  The goal of the travel-seminar is to experience India with understanding:  this involves learning about India and experiencing India, not just seeing India.  The itinerary includes:  Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Bangalore, Tirucchirappali, Madurai, Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Kolkata, Varanasi, and Agra.


A pre-requisite of the course is an on-campus, pre-travel seminar that meets for one hour a week during the Spring semester.  Students who plan to make the journey to India must take the one-credit course, Rel 480: The Indian Worldview, during Spring 2008; time and place will be arranged once all interested participants have enrolled.  (Monday or Wednesday night from 5:00 to 6:00 pm has been the time for this seminar in the past.)


Approximate Cost of Course (excluding tuition):  $3,950


SPAN 321/295: Advanced Grammar, Composition, Literature and Culture at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (UAQ) (8 credits)

May and June Terms (May 5-June 27) 

Professor Liliana Dorado (


The courses offered will be a general course in “Advanced Grammar and Composition” (equivalent to either Span V or Span VI) and “Studies in Hispanic Language and Literature,” a culture class that will count as an elective (Span 295) for the Spanish major or minor.  Students will complete 8 credits for their major or minor in Spanish.  Students who have completed Span IV at Hope will take SpanV and obtain 4 credits; students who have completed Span V at Hope will take Span VI and obtain 4 credits.  Students must enroll for all eight credits in May Term in order to gain full credit.  The advanced grammar course will meet two hours a day during May and June and will be conducted by a professor from the University of Querétaro (UAQ). The culture class, “Studies in Hispanic Language and Literature,” will meet three hours a day in May and will be taught by Professor Liliana Dorado of Hope College.  Specific travel and class dates TBA.


Course descriptions:

321 Spanish V- A course designed to bring the student to a high-intermediate/low-advanced level of competency in all four skills as defined by the ACTFL Guidelines. Conducted entirely in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 222, placement, or equivalent.

322 Spanish VI- This continuation of Spanish V is designed to bring the student to an advanced level of competency in all four skills as defined by the ACTFL Guidelines. Conducted entirely in Spanish.  Prerequisite: Spanish 321 or equivalent.


295. Studies in Hispanic Language and Literature — A course designed to develop grammar and conversational skills while learning about Spanish as well as Latin American cultures.


Students will stay with families, make three excursions to historic sites, practice conversation, and learn about Mexican literature, art and culture.  The course is limited to 14 students.


Approximate Cost of Course includes intensive language development assistance at the University of Querétaro (UAQ) for two months, room and board, excursions, Querétaro tuition, and miscellaneous expenses (does not include Hope tuition or airfare):  $2,200.


For further information contact Prof. Dorado or Prof. Maria Andre (