The Speech Center provides online tutorials in all aspects of public speaking to students who wish to improve their oral skills for any course across the disciplines. Video-based learning modules will help students narrow their topic focus, develop a more engaging speaking style, clarify their organization, craft strong introductions and conclusions, and identify compelling supporting materials.
Located on the first floor of Buswell Library, the Writing Center offers an important free service to all students who want to improve their writing for any course across the disciplines. The trained writing consultants who work at the Center provide patient, supportive help in all aspects of the composing process. The consultants do not act as proofreaders or editors, however; instead, they ask probing questions to help students develop confidence and skill in their own writing. The Writing Center is open Monday-Saturday throughout the school year; please check the Writing Center webpage at www.wheaton.edu/learnres/writectr for hours of operation.
The Director of the Health Professions works closely with students who are interested in any of the health fields. Career information and counseling are provided to assist students in selecting courses, preparing for required national admissions exams, and applying for admission to professional schools. Each student is also given the opportunity for an internship experience within the context of the Health Professions Seminar/Internship course. The Health Professions Committee, comprised of faculty members from the sciences and humanities, contributes to the student's decision-making process and preparation by conducting mock interviews, feedback sessions, and critiques of personal statements. All students interested in a health profession should visit the Health Professions Office early in their studies. See the Science Area Programs section of this catalog for additional information
The Prelaw Program at Wheaton is designed to assist students in exploring or confirming a calling to service in the legal profession. The Prelaw Program provides students with access to a variety of resources, activities, and events that focus on mastering the law school admissions process, preparing for a legal education, and understanding the legal profession. Further information on the Prelaw Program is available at www.wheaton.edu/prelaw.
Wheaton offers a broad liberal arts education that provides students with a solid foundation for law school. In addition to providing several law-oriented courses, Wheaton offers a Prelaw Studies Certificate Program, an interdisciplinary program that provides a concentration of course work to support the future study and practice of law. This program is designed to develop a student's cognitive faculties for analysis, reading comprehension, and written and oral expression, and includes a law-related internship. This program is described in detail in the Prelaw Studies Certificate Program section of this catalog.
The Prelaw Advisor is available to counsel and mentor students individually on the law school application process and legal careers. Through the Prelaw Program, students can enhance their pre-professional development by attending activities and events, such as proctored LSAT practice tests, law school fairs and smaller workshops on law school applications, and forums with speakers who represent a variety of career paths in the legal profession. The Prelaw Program also maintains a prelaw library with LSAT preparation materials and practice tests, law school catalogs and guides, and books on the legal profession. In addition, students can serve in the Prelaw Society, a student-led organization that fosters Christian fellowship among students at Wheaton interested in law school and the legal profession.
Wheaton College offers Accelerated M.A. programs in the following departments: Biblical Archaeology, Biblical and Theological Studies, Christian Formation and Ministry, Education, Evangelism and Leadership, and Intercultural Studies. A student can earn a graduate degree as early as the fifth college year by taking graduate credit courses during the senior year. Application should be made and approved early in the junior year. No more than 50 percent of the credit hours required for the master's degree can be taken before the student completes the bachelor's degree. Some departments may further limit this policy. (During the senior year, a student may take up to eight hours of graduate credit each semester.) The student will be given a graduate advisor, but will retain the undergraduate advisor and be classified as an undergraduate until the bachelor's degree is earned. Earning a graduate degree by this method can have a financial advantage. Courses taken toward this accelerated master's degree program cannot also be counted toward the student's bachelor's degree requirements.
Across the country, many colleges and universities increasingly offer students the opportunity to create their own unique approach to learning, combining coursework from two or three traditional majors. Interdisciplinary Studies promotes a breadth of knowledge from a variety of upper-level courses with a depth of expertise from completing a significant final research project. The ultimate aim of this major is the integration of different academic areas that represent a student’s program of study, reflecting creative skill, critical thinking, and problem solving at its best. This program is only open to students who have already completed thirty hours of credit, and it requires an application, review, and acceptance by the Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty Committee.
As early as the sophomore year, students are encouraged to consider the possibility of completing an internship for academic credit towards their selected major; however, they may not take the internship until they have junior status. An internship is a work-related learning experience which is incorporated into a student's academic program. It gives the student an opportunity to integrate theoretical learning in a major area of study with actual work experience. It is intended to enhance educational goals, expand job skills, and guide career decisions. The internship may be completed for 2-8 credit hours (0 hours for Christian Education and Ministry) under the direction of a faculty advisor and an employer supervisor.
The Internship Coordinator in Career Services is available as an additional resource for information and placement opportunities. Involvement in an internship begins with attendance at an Internship Information Seminar, offered early in the fall and spring semesters. This seminar introduces students to the internship process at the College and assists students in planning for an internship. Students should plan to attend one of these seminars one to two semesters prior to enrollment in an academic internship. Support for identification and selection of internship sites is provided by the Internship Coordinator and the individual academic departments. It is important to consult the department to determine specific requirements for completing an internship.
An internship experience should be a new, educationally rewarding one rather than a continuation or repeat of a current or previous work experience. It is a short-term position. The work experience should involve challenging tasks with educational value rather than tasks which would be considered as "busy work." A work experience can be designated as an internship for credit only if approval is obtained from an academic department in advance of the work experience. Students registering for internship credit must complete an Application for Internship and file it with the Registrar's Office. Registration for an internship must occur during the semester or summer in which at least 50 percent of the internship will be completed.
Students must have reached junior status and have completed at least 16 hours in their major (or minor or certificate program) before requesting an internship. To earn credit, the internship must be in the major (or minor or certificate program). No more than 12 hours of internship credit can be taken toward a degree, and no more than eight hours can be counted toward a major. No more than eight hours can be earned for the same internship experience. Billing for internship credit is at normal tuition rates.
A minimum of 40 clock hours of work experience is required for one academic credit (e.g. a 4-hour internship would require a minimum of 160 clock hours of work experience). Depending on the nature of the internship, a department might expect or require more than the minimum required hours. The internship experience will receive a final evaluation from the supervising faculty member and will be graded on a pass/fail basis, unless the department has received approval from the Educational Policies and Curriculum Committee to give regular letter grades. Students will be expected to keep a written daily journal of the experience (or other appropriate record of tasks accomplished) and to write a final paper which summarizes and evaluates the experience. Individual departments may establish additional internship requirements.
Students will be expected to complete the internship in accordance with the dates provided on their internship application. Any changes to these dates need to be communicated to the Wheaton College faculty supervisor and the registrar’s office in writing as soon as practicable after the date change is known to the intern. Students may drop or withdraw from an internship as follows:
Prior to 20% of the internship clock hours being complete, the student may withdraw completely and receive a 100% refund.
Once 20-70% of the internship clock hours are complete, the student may withdraw from the internship with a W grade; no refund will be generated.
Once more than 70% of the internship clock hours are complete, the student will no longer be allowed to withdraw from the internship.
Termination by the employer for cause or knowingly materially misrepresenting the internship to the College will result in a failing grade, regardless of the percentage of the internship completed. Application for Internship forms and additional internship guidelines are available from the Registrar's Office.
Service in the United States Army is a worthy calling. Wheaton College considers the Army ROTC program a valuable supplement to the curriculum. The Army ROTC program is fully supportive of the aims of the College. Committed Christian faculty strive to integrate Christianity and service to our country. ROTC instruction is on campus and at local training areas. A student incurs no military obligation by taking one or more courses in Military Science during the freshman or sophomore years. Wheaton College grants academic credit for all ROTC courses and offers a certificate in Military Science to cadets who meet all requirements. For additional information see the Military Science and the Special Scholarships sections of this catalog.
Situated in a park-like 50 acres in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the Wheaton College Science Station offers the College's longest running off-campus program. The summer program offers courses to meet the entire general education requirement in the nature cluster (introductory geology, astronomy, environmental science, meteorology, environmental geology, environmental chemistry, and Diversity of Life: an Introduction to Zoology and Botany), and introductory and upper division courses for majors in biology (Diversity of Life: an Introduction to Zoology and Botany, Processes of Life: Ecology and Evolution, and advanced zoology, botany, and ecology), geology (field geology and regional geology), and environmental studies (field natural history and courses in the geology and biology tracks).
In addition to the on-campus course work available, the College has several off-campus programs that allow students to extend their learning beyond the classroom and the campus community. They include internships, research opportunities, and study abroad programs among many options. Some of these are in international locations. Others are in the United States and are also able to broaden one’s global and cross-cultural perspective. Whether in a domestic or international context, both types of experiences integrate the classroom and daily life in unique ways that create a rich learning environment with exposure to environments, peoples, and resources not available on campus. Each program maintains the standards of excellence in the College's liberal arts curriculum. Most programs involve on-campus preparation for field experiences prior to entering the actual field site. Students interested in these programs are encouraged to inquire about them early in their academic planning to ensure timely involvement and appropriate academic credit. Refer to departmental course listings to identify internship, practicum, and other field experience courses.
The mission of HoneyRock is to build Christ’s church and improve society worldwide by developing whole and effective people through transformational outdoor experiences. This mission expresses the commitment to equip steadfast disciples who transform the world through Christ which is accomplished through the integration of excellence in academic programming with Christian camp experiences. The theoretical principles and practical skills learned will be applicable to a broad range of ministry and educational settings. Individuals leave HoneyRock with an expanded view of God, themselves, and their role in serving others. The educational approach is interdisciplinary and distinguished by direct application of learning to real ministry and leadership experiences. Students will engage in outdoor-oriented activities that involve problem-solving tasks, disciplined reflection, and service.
Although the content of the programs varies, the learning outcomes of students at the Northwoods Campus usually include the following: increased mastery of content due to direct application, enhancement of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, increased confidence and ability to perform in leadership roles, and a deepened relationship with others and with God. Students experience these outcomes because they are given responsibilities that challenge them.
Located 360 miles north of the Wheaton campus on 800 acres of beautiful forests and a chain of 28 lakes, the Northwoods Campus has year-round opportunities for students.
Wheaton Passage is designed to introduce incoming first year and transfer students to spiritual formation and to ignite the Wheaton College experience for them. Students will experience eight to eighteen days--depending on the chosen track--filled with adventure, challenge, and new friendships. They will also be part of a mentoring relationship with Wheaton College faculty from various academic departments while enjoying the beautiful setting of HoneyRock, Wheaton’s Northwoods campus.
Students choose either the wilderness track (a 12-day wilderness trip), the urban track (7 days living and doing ministry in downtown Chicago) or the camp track (4 days at HoneyRock utilizing team building and challenge courses.) All tracks culminate with 5 days at HoneyRock during which time a faculty member will join each of the established small groups and lead them through a curriculum based on the themes of foundations of a worldview, community, spiritual formation, and service.
In addition to the program at HoneyRock, students will gather for two sessions over the fall semester with their faculty member. This time is designed to help students transfer their learning into the context of life at Wheaton. Faculty members will help students process through transitional issues that often arise during the first semester. Through this experience, students earn 2 hours of elective academic credit (CE 131).
Summer Leadership School is designed for students who have completed their first year, sophomores, and juniors who have limited camp, ministry, or leadership experience. This program helps participants develop guiding principles for lives in ministry, service, and growth while deeply impacting their character, worldview, and relationship with Christ. During this 11-week program, students receive training and experience in leadership and ministry. It is through modeling the Christian life and discipleship of young people that students develop and refine their abilities and life goals. Up to 8 hours of general education, elective or major credit can be earned through: Biblical and Theological Studies and Christian Formation and Ministry. Students will apply their course work as camp counselors for 6 weekends of Advance Camp (for 9th grade students) or seven weeks of Residential Camp (for 3rd-8th grade students.)
Each year HoneyRock offers a wide spectrum of courses that meet general education requirements in a creative, modular fashion. Courses are two weeks in length. The courses are unique from the main campus because professors use the outdoors and an experiential process that provides for a collaborative, engaging, and relationally-based learning experience. Students in these short-term courses enjoy the beautiful HoneyRock environment and participate in fun activities. Dorm-style housing with attached bathrooms and a computer lab with wireless internet are available. Each summer multiple Bible, social science, literature, and philosophy general education courses are available during the months of May and June at reduced summer tuition pricing. Information is available at the HoneyRock office in Schell Hall.
This is a nine-month program conducted entirely at the Northwoods campus of Wheaton College. Graduate Apprentices register for one graduate course () in April and are engaged in ministry at HoneyRock. Salary is provided for summer and winter seasons. Students will experience excellent immersion in all aspects of outdoor adventure ministry while studying, being mentored, and living in a cohort-based community that learns and serves together. This program also includes a process in which participants can clarify calling and next steps for ministry preparation. Graduate Apprentices have the option to be full-time graduate students and take all four Outdoor & Adventure Leadership courses required for the MA in Christian Formation & Ministry concentration over the nine months. This option offers less involvement in the hands-on ministry due to the course load, and salary is only provided in the summer.
The purpose of the Adventure Ministry Leadership Certificate is to equip and empower college students for leadership in adventure challenge ministry. This certificate involves 24 hours of course work in the Christian Formation and Ministry Department, 12 of which are taken during one summer semester at HoneyRock, Wheaton’s Northwoods campus.
Equipping and empowering for leadership must involve practice. As a result, students will have direct responsibility and interaction with campers in a variety of adventure challenge programs during the summer at HoneyRock.
The Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) Program equips students to be whole and effective Christians by confronting the challenges of poverty, hunger, and justice in the Majority World (often referred to as the Third World or the Global South) from an interdisciplinary perspective and a biblical framework. The program's curriculum weaves together interdisciplinary course work on campus and a six-month off-campus internship in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, South and Southeast Asia with an organization involved in holistic transformational development. Students study the theory, principles, and practices of development in the context of cross-cultural research and service, thereby formulating a Christian response to global issues through personal experience. For additional information see the Human Needs and Global Resources section of this catalog.
Wheaton in Chicago is a semester-long, residential, experiential program of study. During the Wheaton in Chicago semester, students examine the origins and implications of urban issues through coursework, internships, and service opportunities. Since the program’s inception, more than 200 students—representing every division and more than 20 majors—have studied downtown. Wheaton in Chicago prepares these students for a lifetime of engagement with the presence and influence of the city in an increasingly urban world while requiring that they do so in a way that integrates a faithful Christian worldview.
Students live in apartments located in Uptown—one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods—along Chicago’s north lakefront. Renovated to Wheaton College specifications for student life and instruction, the building and its location permit robust instructional and experiential opportunities. Student activities are overseen by the Assistant Director of Urban Studies. Courses are taught both by Wheaton faculty and practitioners from the city, while drawing on a rich array of guest speakers. Students will also receive an in-depth exposure to a wide range of Christian ministries and other service organizations in the city. The " Chicago I: An Introduction " course (URBN 231) is a prerequisite for the program.
The May-in-Asia program is open to all students regardless of major and is sponsored by the interdisciplinary Asian Studies major and the History Department. It is an academic study of the dynamic Asian cultural traditions and of their role in the modern world. The overseas study occurs each May for four weeks after spring semester and includes selected topics from history, economics, religion, theology, literature, and philosophy with related lectures and field trips. Each year there is a different study location for this program rotating among such places as Beijing, Xian, Tokyo, Kyoto, Bangkok, and Singapore. In May 2013 it is expected that the program will be located in the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Kyoto. The courses focus on the history, thought, and contemporary cultures of each year’s site and its surrounding region. The program provides an in-depth and firsthand introduction to Asian culture. Contact Professor Charles Weber in the History Department for details on the program.
Wheaton in China is a five-week language and culture program that combines intensive language study and practice with culture immersion and awards up to 6 hours of credit. The program offers courses in all levels of Chinese language for all majors. Language courses and electives are taught by Beijing Normal University faculty members, and a culture course is taught by Wheaton faculty. Students live and study on the Beijing Normal University campus. Wheaton in China also includes visits to various cultural and historical sites in and near Beijing. Students have the opportunity to worship in local Chinese churches and participate in service-oriented activities.
Wheaton in England is an eight-week summer program offering 8-10 hours of credit in English literature. Although the program varies somewhat from year to year, depending on the particular interests of each director, the basic program always includes three elements: one to two weeks of classes on Wheaton's campus prior to embarking for England, seven to ten days in London, and three to four weeks at St. Anne's College, Oxford. The group also goes on numerous one-day field trips to various literary sites and an extended northern excursion. Usually the program includes an extended southern excursion as well, though occasionally the director substitutes an extended visit to Ireland or Scotland.
Summer study in France is sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages. Courses are offered in French language and civilization for both language majors and non-majors. Language courses are taught by native French instructors. Civilization courses are taught by both native French instructors and Wheaton faculty. Students live in French homes for one month in the town of Annecy. The program also includes a one-week stay in Paris and two weeks of educational travel in the south of France.
Students may pursue summer study via the four-week Wheaton in Germany I program, which is required for all majors and minors and open to students of any major who have met the German competency requirement or its equivalent. Wheaton in Germany I features on-site study of German cultural history and national identity in a language immersion setting. Offered annually in May-June, it is based in Munich, Berlin, and environs.
Students may also enroll in Wheaton in Germany II, a full semester program at a German university. Required of German majors and also open to other qualified students, Wheaton in Germany II includes an intensive course in the history of Christianity in Germany, a service practicum, a full semester of university coursework in German studies or another discipline, and an internship option. Courses may be taught by Wheaton faculty or native German instructors.
The Wheaton in the Holy Lands Program is conducted by the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies of Wheaton. This program is a study of cultural, historical, geographical, and theological dimensions of the Old Testament, New Testament, and the early Church through classroom lecture and travel to Israel, Greece, Turkey, and Rome. In addition, through contact with leaders and communities of non-western churches, Wheaton in the-Holy Lands engages students with the development of the Church through the centuries.
Summer study in Latin America (during odd-numbered years) is sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages. This program offers courses in Spanish language and Latin American cultures and civilizations for both language majors and non-majors. Language courses are taught by native local instructors; civilization courses are team taught by Wheaton faculty and on-site instructors. Students live with national families and participate in local churches. Service projects with national Christians are included. In past years sites have included Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Heredia, Costa, Rica.
Summer study in Salamanca, Spain (during even-numbered years), is sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages. This program offers courses in advanced Spanish language and civilization for both language majors and non-majors. Language courses are taught by native Spanish instructors; civilization courses are taught by Wheaton faculty. Students live in Spanish homes for one month. The program includes visits to various sites, usually including Madrid, El Escorial, Toledo, Granada, Córdoba, Sevilla, Mérida, Segovia, Avila, León, Santiago de Compostela, and/or other locations of interest. The final week in Barcelona may include a service project with national Christians (plans subject to available resources).
Wheaton in Washington D.C. is a summer program sponsored by the Department of Politics and International Relations. The program offers a combination of on-campus study at Wheaton and living in the nation's capital. The Washington experience includes briefings with leaders on Capitol Hill, with interest groups, members of the D.C. press corps, and government agencies. There is a close integration of classroom and field experience.
Cooperative programs are available through 12 semester/summer programs sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). (See for detailed information and application.) Other cooperative programs are also available at American University, Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, the Creation Care Study Program, International Sustainable Development Studies Institute, Jerusalem University College, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Daystar University College (currently on hold). The Director of Study Abroad Programs in the Center for Global and Experiential Learning has information about each of the following programs, unless otherwise noted.
The American Studies Program is sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities in the nation's capital. This work/study opportunity is based upon the principle of integrating faith, learning, and living while participating in an academic seminar program. A wide variety of internship opportunities exists in the Washington area through this program.
The Australia Studies Centre began in January 2004 in partnership with Wesley Institute (a CCCU affiliate member) in Sydney, Australia. This semester program offers a primary curriculum in Australian history, culture, and society. Visual arts, music, drama, dance, theology, biblical studies, and psychology are offered as elective courses.
The China Studies Program, offered by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, is held at Xiamen University in Fujian Province, China. The program includes travel to significant sites, as well as language study, service opportunities, internship options, international business coursework, and the exploration of China’s past, present, and future.
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities also offers the Contemporary Music Center, which provides students the opportunity to live and work in community while seeking to understand how God will have them integrate music, faith, and business. Both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in nature, the CMP offers three tracks: the Artist Track, Business Track and the Technical Track. Each track includes course work, labs, directed study, and a practicum.
Theoffers a unique opportunity to encounter one of today's most fascinating and diverse cultures. This diversity, as well as the call to be an obedient witness for Christ throughout the world, provides a rich and engaging setting to equip students to be servant-leaders in a pluralistic world of beliefs, cultures and needs. The India Studies Program is located at Bishop Appasamy College of Arts and Sciences, which is in the city of Coimbatore in the state of Tamil Nadu.
The Latin American Studies Program is a Council for Christian Colleges & Universities sponsored semester of study in Costa Rica. This program is committed to deepening a student's understanding of the lordship of Christ in an international context. There are four different academic track options: Latin American Studies, Advanced Language and Literature, International Business and Environmental Science. Housing is provided with a Costa Rican family to enrich this unique cross-cultural experience.
The Los Angeles Film Studies Program of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Is designed to integrate a Christian worldview with an introductory exploration of the work and workings of mainstream Hollywood entertainment. Students complete coursework as well as a 6 credit professional internship.
The Middle East Studies Program, based in Jerusalem, Israel, and sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, helps students understand the history, peoples, and cultures of this fascinating and complex region. Students also gain an appreciation of the Middle Eastern church and an understanding of the economic and political realities which influence the quest for peace in the Middle East.
The Oxford Summer Programme allows students to spend a summer term studying at Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University, England. The program is designed to enable students to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between Christianity and culture and to do specialized work under Oxford academics.
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities sponsors the Scholars’ Semester in Oxford. Junior and senior students have the opportunity to study in England by participating in an interdisciplinary semester at Oxford through a partnership program with Wycliffe Hall, affiliated with the University of Oxford. This program allows students to complete intensive scholarship with academic tutors to hone skills and delve into the areas that most interest them. Applicants must have a 3.5 GPA or higher.
The Uganda Studies Program is a CCCU partnership with Uganda Christian University in Mokono, Uganda. African culture, history, and religion are the curricular focus with diverse cross-cultural experiences inside and outside of the classroom.
Also sponsored by the CCCU, the Washington Journalism Center is an advanced, experiential semester on Capitol Hill that will cultivate professional news skills and encourage students to think through the implications of being a Christian working in the news media in a city that is home to the powerful and the powerless.
American University provides an opportunity for a semester in Washington, D.C. with access to substantive internships and seminars with professionals involved in local, national, and international levels of the city.
Au Sable is an institute for Christian environmental stewardship with five campuses in the United States, Kenya, and India, including one located in the north woods near the tip of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Summer classes are offered in environmental studies, natural history, field biology, environmental ethics, restoration ecology, ground water stewardship, and global development and ecological stewardship. Information is available in the Department of Geology and Environmental Studies. Wheaton students may qualify to receive grants, scholarships, and fellowships from the Institute to support their studies at Au Sable campuses.
The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) provides expeditions into the diverse cultures and ecologies of Thailand. The semester-long program includes Thai language study as well as a synthesis of academic study and experiential learning.
Jerusalem University College offers programs with courses in biblical studies as well as the historical, geographical, and cultural aspects of the area. See the Biblical and Theological Studies Department for more information.
The Creation Care Study Program is based at environmental centers in Belize, Central America and New Zealand and Samoa. Students take courses in ecology, community development, and environmental stewardship.
A 5-year liberal arts engineering cooperative program with Illinois Institute of Technology allows the student to take engineering courses at IIT in Chicago. See further explanation in the section of this catalog.
Wheaton is one of thirteen members of the Christian College Consortium. The purpose of the Consortium program is to provide for helpful sharing among the member colleges and is designed to reinforce the unique purposes of member institutions, with primary consideration given to the implications and imperatives of the Christian world and life view in higher education. This program provides the opportunity for students to enroll with ease for one semester as a visiting student at another Consortium college. The Registrar's Office has information and Consortium Visitor Applications.
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