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Outside the Classroom: Off-Campus Programs

Study off-campus

Sometimes the deepest, most lasting learning experiences take place far from Calvin's campus. Consider the many opportunities Calvin offers to study off-campus for an interim, a semester or during the summer.

Several off-campus programs offered by Calvin are geared towards those studying either sociology or social work.

Semester in Honduras

The sociology department offers a development-focused semester program in Honduras. Through many visits to ancient Indian sites, living with Honduran host families in the capital city of Tegucigalpa and by attending a local university, you will improve your Spanish, learn about development and poverty and experience Honduran culture. You need not speak Spanish to study in this semester program.

Contact the Honduras semester student assistant for more information.

Learn more about the development semester in Honduras »

Semester in Washington, D.C.

Calvin's Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Politics and Christianity offers the semester program in Washington, D.C. each spring. The core of the 14-credit semester is a four-day-per-week internship experience that earns eight hours of credit toward a variety of majors, minors or core requirements. You will also enroll in two three-credit courses during your time in D.C., and participate in a one-credit course in the Fall semester prior to your semester in D.C.

Learn more about the program in Washington, D.C. »

The Chicago Semester

The Chicago Semester, through the Chicago Metropolitan Program, is a semester-long program which allows sociology majors the opportunity to gain a semester's credit. According to your vocational interests, you may be assigned to internship positions in a school, social agency, community organization, business or government office. You will also participate in seminars on metropolitan studies, research methods and value perspectives.

The program is available in the fall and spring semesters. To participate in this program, you must be a junior or senior with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. The Chicago Semester is considered a Level-1 non-Calvin program, which allows for you to receive 100% of your Calvin financial aid, but no additional financial aid for your tuition, room and board.

Contact Lissa Schwander for more information about the program.




Off-Campus interim courses

The sociology and social work departments regularly offer interim courses abroad. Study in these courses includes cross-cultural communication, cultural patterns and international relations.

To learn more, watch department bulletin boards for announcements, or see the Off-Campus Programs office for specifics about courses, prerequisites and costs.