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


May Term (May 4-29) 

Approximate Cost (excluding tuition):  $521 
Professor Eldon Greij (

This 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.  One trip will be on the Canadian side of Lake Erie (Pt. Pelee), and the other will be based at Wilderness State Park in the northern tip of Michigan’s lower peninsula.


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


BIOL 380: Field Studies in Biology – Natural History of Florida Invertebrates

May Term (May 4-29)

Approximate Cost: $960 (excluding tuition)

Professor Tom Bultman (


This course acquaints students with invertebrate animals in their natural environment.  Emphasis of study will be upon marine invertebrates and terrestrial arthropods.  Twelve days will be spent at selected ecological habitats in northern Florida.  Students will camp in tents as well as stay in cabins.


EDUC 488-01: Rural Education in Northern Michigan (4 credits)

May Term (May 4-29)

Approximate Cost:  $150 (excluding tuition)                 

Professor John Yelding (


This course provides students an immersion experience in the rural education environment where they work directly with children for four weeks.  Under the guidance of skilled educators, students plan and deliver their own lessons, grade papers, assess student progress, and assume responsibility for a variety of 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.


EDUC 488-02: Cross Cultural Education: Native American Studies (4 credits)

May Term (May 4-22)

Approximate Cost (excluding tuition):  $800                 

Professors Susan Cherup ( and James Piers (


Practice experiences are essential for anyone planning a career in education, social work or nursing.  Immersion into the world, lives and culture of the Lakota Sioux provides great learning opportunities, increased cultural awareness, and is good for the spirit.  When these are mixed, they define the Hope College May Term on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, located in south-central South Dakota.


Begun in 1991, this experience allows students to live and learn in a culture different from their own and to participate full time in a classroom, school social work or counseling office, or school nurse environment of their choice.  Information learned in college classes is applied to real life settings as students plan culturally appropriate lessons and cooperative learning activities, address a variety of learning styles, and help students deal with life events, traumas or health concerns. 


Credits from this experience may be applied to a Religion 4-credit class, a Senior Seminar, an elective course for a Language Arts composite major, Social Studies Composite major, Fine Arts Composite major, an Encounter with Cultures class, Cultural Heritage II, or an elective for the Social Work major.


Orientation to the culture includes meeting with tribal, school, dormitory, and business representatives, hospital administrators, spiritual leaders and Indian students.  Trips to Wounded Knee, Crazy Horse, Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore, and the Akta Lakota and St. Francis museums provide further information about the Sioux Nation. 


LDRS 295:  Outdoor Leadership Practicum (4 credits)

May Term (May 5-29)

Approximate Cost (excluding tuition):  $1,100

Professor Jim Allis (


Many different ways exist for thinking about leadership, but one way involves a consideration of character, competence, and vision.  One quite promising opportunity for  exploring these dimensions of leadership and to develop various potentials within ourselves is through an outdoor immersion experience.  In the unfamiliar context of the outdoors, we discern certain aspects of who we are, our strengths and our fears, and the importance of courage in undertaking new and challenging endeavors.  We practice different skills to live and flourish in the outdoors, and perhaps more importantly, we pursue opportunities to work with and to help each other as we learn to depend on each other for our very well-being.  We begin to ask not only, “What is good leadership?”, but also “What is good leadership for?”  Through a combination of action and reflection out in the natural world, each of us can come away with a clearer sense of what we value and what we might wish to contribute in this troubled world. 


In this course, we will devote the better part of three weeks to learning how to function and live in the outdoors, to confront and work with a variety of challenges which stretch our normal abilities.  All within the state of Michigan, we will be backpacking and hiking off trail, rock climbing, doing a ropes course, canoeing,  an overnight solo, engaging in first aid simulations, working on service projects (such as trail construction and maintenance). The final four days of the time outdoors will consist of a backpacking or canoe trip, planned and led entirely by the students. (Instructors will not be present on this particular trip.)   Then at the end of our time outside, we will devote our energies to  writing a significant paper on our understanding of who we might be, and what might be our visions for leadership in our own lives. 


There are no pre-requisites to the course.  One does not need to have any prior outdoor experience to be a welcome participant in this course. (This is not an outdoor survival course.)   However, one does need to bring a certain willingness to explore the outdoors, to explore one’s own potentials in some challenging and different circumstances, and to explore some provocative ideas and actions about leadership in a tumultuous world.


Course may be substituted for LDRS 201.


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

July Term (July 27-August 15)

Approximate Cost (excluding tuition):  $684

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 western United States.  Open to qualified students in all classes.  This course will occur from July 27 through August 15, 2009.  Course fees include van travel to and from Vail, Colorado.  Under certain circumstances this course can count toward the general education Senior Seminar.  Please see the instructor for details.

REL 295/IDS 200/IDS 495:  Pine Ridge:  Learning and Serving Among the Oglala Lakota - Conversations about Faith, Culture and Worldview (4 credits)
May Term (May 4-7 on campus, May 9-21 at Pine Ridge, May 26-29 on campus)
Approximate Cost (excluding tuition): $1245 plus meals in transit
Professor Steven Hoogerwerf (
The Pine Ridge May Term is a service-learning course on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  The reservation is home to the Oglala Lakota Sioux, with a tribal membership that totals 17,775.  After a one-week, on-campus orientation course, participants will spend two weeks on the reservation, engaged in an ongoing service project, a variety of encounters with members of the reservation, travel to important sites on the reservation, the study of Lakota history and religion, and guided conversation to bring our own culture, faith and experience into conversation with life on the reservation.
Our host on Pine Ridge will be the staff of an organization called RE-MEMBER (  Their mission statement reads: “Guided by the aspirations of the Oglala Lakota Indian communities we serve, RE-MEMBER seeks to improve the quality of Indian reservation life through relationships, shared resources and volunteer services.  Through site visits and cultural immersion, we continue to develop a growing circle of advocates standing in solidarity with the Indian people of Pine Ridge, South Dakota.”
The Pine Ridge May term can be taken for credit in either Religion, IDS 200, or Senior Seminar.  Those taking the course as a senior seminar will write a lifeview paper in addition to fulfilling the standard course requirements.  This course has also been approved for 4 credits of Cultural Diversity.  


REL 365:  Ecological Theology and Ethics (4 credits)

May Term (May 4-22)

Approximate Cost (excluding tuition): $820

Professor Steve Bouma-Prediger (


This off-campus course studies the nature and causes of current ecological degradation, the witness of Christian scripture and tradition concerning matters ecological, the duties and responsibilities of humans as earthkeepers, and the practical implications of living in a more earth-friendly way. 


Combining traditional academic study with a wilderness backpacking, canoeing and kayaking trip, students will learn wilderness camping skills and develop their leadership ability in addition to examining issues in the area of ecological theology and ethics.


The first few days of the course are at Hope, followed by two weeks in the Adirondacks of upstate New York, with the remaining time back at Hope. 





BIOL 380: Field Studies in Australia and New Zealand (4 credits)

May Term (May 4-24)

Approximate Cost (excluding tuition): $5,665

Professor Harvey Blankespoor (


The May Term begins in Brisbane, Australia, with a three-day trip to the Outback.  There will be a guided walk in the Carnarvon Gorge.  Following a wildlife-spotting hike in the National Park, the group will go to Lady Elliot Island for a few days of snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef.  Students will then fly to Christchurch, N.Z.  The first stop is Kaikoura for an albatross encounter, whale watching and a walk to a seal colony.  Visits to Mt. Cook and a sheep farm will be followed by a hike to Hooker Glacier for lectures on the alpine flora and fauna of that region.  The trip will conclude with visits to Te Anau and to Milford Sound.  Following a drive to Christchurch, the group will fly home.


Cost includes airfare, housing, transportation, guide fees, many meals, lodging and scheduled activities.  It does not include the textbook, obtaining a visa, some meals, tuition, vaccinations and other personal expenses.  Please note that students will be able to prepare inexpensive meals for those not included in the cost.  There is a minimal requirement of 15 students for the trip


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

May Term (May 14-June 9) 

Approximate Cost (includes tuition for four credit hours, lodging, meals, field trips, and airfare):  $4,200

Professor 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 the following 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.


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

May Term (May 4-29)

Approximate Cost (excluding tuition and texts):  TBA

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.


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

May & June Term (May 5-June 29)

Approximate Cost (excluding tuition and airfare):  TBA

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 four 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 around 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: 


IDS 495: South Africa: Past and Present (4 credits)

May Term (May 8-20)

Approximate Cost (excluding tuition):  $3,625 (Partially subsidized by choral budgets)

Professor Brad Richmond (


This course will be intertwined with a concert tour of South Africa to be taken by the Hope College Chapel Choir in May of 2009; membership in the choir is required for enrollment.


Our travels will take us to Capetown, Stellenbosch, Johannesburg and Soweto.  We will perform at the Uniting Reformed Church (Sarapeta), the University of Stellenbosch, Kayalitscha Hills High School, Tapologo AIDS Clinic, Metro Evangelical Services and Johannesburg University.  The trip will culminate in a concert with a local Soweto choir.  We will stay in the homes of members of the choir and have the opportunity to hear our hosts’ stories.  We will visit projects of Metro Evangelical Services and learn about its work with street children, job training, housing, child-care, and AIDS patients.  And we will follow the “Long Walk to Freedom,” visiting the childhood homes of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.


In 1990 the recently freed Nelson Mandela spoke to a euphoric throng in Cape Town, and those of us watching from around the world hoped that it signaled the coming of great change and better times for all South Africans.  But twenty years later, despite the end of apartheid, South Africa is riddled with problems.  Where did it go wrong?  What are the factors that influence the governance of societies?  Why (and here, South Africa is the rule rather than the exception) does the emergence of freedom in one context sometimes lead to barriers in another?


To prepare for the trip you will be required to attend four meetings in the spring semester where we will learn about South African history, view videos of the Truth and Reconciliation Hearings, and share your impressions with one another.  We will continue these discussions on a regular basis throughout the trip.  Required readings include Playing with the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation by John Carlin, along with several essays and book excerpts. 


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

May Term (May 4-25)

Approximate Cost (excluding tuition and airfare):  $3,600

Professors Thomas Smith ( and Kim Hawtrey (


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.


REL 480: The Indian Worldview (4 credits)

May Term (May 4-June1)

Approximate Cost (excluding tuition):  $3,950              

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 2009; time and place will be arranged once all interested participants have enrolled.  (Wednesday night from 6:00-7:00 pm has often been the time for this seminar.)

IDS 101 August: Encounter With the Arts in Edinburgh 4 Credits!
Instructor! John K.V. Tammi,
Professor of Theatre

Who is this Professor Tammi?
I have been a member of the Hope theatre faculty since 1968. I have been taking students for three-week explorations of Ireland during May Term for several years and in 1979 I conducted an Encounter with the Arts course in London. My wife, Marilynn, and I hosted a Hope Alumni and Friends tour of Scandinavia in 1995; she will be joining me on this trip. I have been to Scotland many times and have visited the Edinburgh Fringe on three occasions. I am an advisor to the Carol Tambor Prize, which is given each year at the Fringe, and my wife is on the board of the Tambor Foundation.

The Idea!
When I visited the Edinburgh Fringe the very first time several years ago, I realized immediately that this would be an excellent place to take students: so much going on over such a concentrated period of time. I was teaching IDS 101: Encounter With the Arts at that time and it occurred to me that Edinburgh in August would be the perfect place for such a course. The idea has never left me and I am happy it’s finally about to happen with this course in August, 2009.

The 2009 Edinburgh Fringe runs from August 7 to August 31, a bit over three weeks. We will be attending the last two weeks when everything will be at its liveliest: Aug. 15 (or 16) – Aug. 30. The exact start of our residency will depend on the relative cost of flights from the US to Edinburgh. (At the moment I am working on a schedule that would have us arriving in Edinburgh on Sunday, August 16.)

The primary focus of this course will be experiencing the Edinburgh Fringe: attending and responding to several events. The minimum for the course will be to see at least two performances each day – one together as a group and the other as each student’s choice. This is the plan for basic budgeting purposes; each individual can attend many more shows than that, including offerings by the Edinburgh Festival itself (of which the Fringe is the fringe) and even the famous Edinburgh Tattoo (providing tickets are secured in a timely fashion)..

We will meet daily to discuss what we have encountered and each participant will keep a journal of responses and reflections.

In addition to the events that are part of either of the two festivals on at this time, we will look for other opportunities to experience the arts: concerts, galleries, museums, talks, lectures and
events connected to the Edinburgh International Book Festival which runs during the month of August. We will also be on the watch for the many free events going on. Simply being in Edinburgh in August is in itself an encounter with the arts.

In addition to the happenings within the city of Edinburgh, we will take a day-long excursion into the Highlands.


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

May and June Terms (May 4-June 26)

Approximate Cost (excluding tuition and airfare): $2,038          

Professor María André (


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 4-credit 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 Span V 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 conducted by Professor María André 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).


For further information contact Professor María André (