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Westmont in San Francisco (Open to all majors)

Students may attend Westmont in San Francisco in either the fall or spring semester. The program combines living and working in a unique urban setting, offering an opportunity for the study of cultural, ethnic, political, and business-oriented aspects of modern society. While enjoying the relative security and intimacy of a self-determined community, students reside in the heart of the city. The core of the program is a pre-professional internship that involves a minimum of 24 hours each week. Tutorials and independent study in a variety of areas are available in addition to the core curriculum. Participants must take the following courses: IS 190 Urban Practicum (8) and IS 195 Seminar in Urban Studies (4). Electives include: IS 194 Tutorial (1-4), ENG 104 Modern Grammar and Advanced Composition (4) - Spring only, and ENG 134 Ethnicity, Race, and the City in American Literature (4) - Fall only. WSF Homepage

Inoculum (Westmont College Summer Program for 1st year and transfer students) (Open to all majors)

This 12-day backpack trip to the northeastern wilderness area of Yosemite National Park is a special extension of the orientation program. Readings, discussions, and papers focus the course content on the uniqueness of Westmont liberal arts education. It takes place before orientation and is for first-year and transfer students. Participants must take the following course: APP 90 The Inoculum: Wilderness/Orientation (2); this course will meet one of the four PEA requirements. Inoculum Homepage

American Studies Program, Washington, D.C. (CCCU bestsemester.com) (Open to all majors)

Since 1976, the American Studies Program has served as an experiential learning laboratory for students committed to connecting their faith to public affairs. More than 2500 students have come to Washington and nearly 500 alumni currently work in the D.C. metro area in a variety of professional fields-private and public, for-profit and non-profit. Each students enrolls in the program's two practicum courses: Internship and Topics in Leadership & Vocation. Students have the option of enrolling in a one-credit Professional Mentorship course. In addition, students apply to either the Public Policy track or the Global Development track. The Public Policy track equips and supports students in their analysis of pressing public policy issue. Each student produces original research by engaging area experts and practitioners off-site and in the classroom as they investigate the local, national, and global factors that influence policy-making in Washington, D.C. The Global Development track focuses on partnership initiatives taken by leaders in commercial, governmental, and non-governmental organizations as they explore the impact they can achieve by collaborating to address issues of sustainable development worldwide. CCCU ASP Homepage

American University Washington Semester, Washington, D.C. (American University) (Open to all majors)

Washington Semester is a program of American University in Washington, DC, in which students live and study at the Tenley Campus. Students have the opportunity to serve in internships in thirteen different tracks including national politics, foreign policy, economic policy and justice, journalism, and a number of other fields. Participants come from over 200 affiliated colleges and universities in the U.S. and from 28 international institutions. A limited number of Westmont students will be nominated for consideration for the program each semester. AU Washington Homepage

Oregon Extension, Ashland, Oregon (Eastern University) (Fall only)

Oregon Extension is a program of located in the southern reaches of the Cascade Mountains that is sponsored by Messiah College. Students study, in sequence, four interdisciplinary themes: Contemporary Issues, Social Thought, Human Stories, and Living Faith. Special emphasis is given to individual professor-student interaction and attention to small group discussion and dialogue. Within each of these units, students can choose one academic discipline from among the following in which to receive 3-4 semester hours of credit: literature, psychology, sociology, philosophy, biology, theology, biblical studies, history, education, or science. Students earn an additional two hours of credit in Rhetoric and Composition. Oregon Extension Homepage

Washington Journalism Center, Washington, D.C. (CCCU bestsemester.com)

The Washington Journalism Center is a semester-long study program in Washington, D.C., created for students interested in the field of journalism. While in Washington students take classes focusing on their personal writing skills and on the history and future of the media. These classes--Foundations for Media Involvement; Reporting in Washington; and Washington, News and Public Discourse--combined with an internship at a top news publication help students learn to integrate their faith in a journalism career. Students also participate in service learning opportunities as part of the WJC experience. CCCU WJC Homepage