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Academic Programs Overview



Middle East Studies Program (MESP)

Based in Amman, Jordan, this program offers

students a unique opportunity to explore and interact

with the complex and strategically important world

of the modern Middle East. Students explore diverse

religious, social, cultural, and political traditions of

Middle Eastern peoples through interdisciplinary

seminars. They also study the Arabic language and

may work as volunteers with various nonprofit

organizations. Through travel in the region (typically

Israel, Palestine, Morocco, and Turkey), students

are exposed to the diversity and dynamism of the

local culture. At a time of tension and change in

the Middle East, MESP encourages and equips

students to relate to the Muslim, Eastern Christian,

and Jewish worlds in an informed, constructive, and

Christ-centered manner. Students earn 16 semester

hours of credit.

This program is sponsored by The Master’s

College & Seminary.

The Scholars’ Semester in Oxford (SSO)

The Scholars’ Semester in Oxford is designed for

students who want to study intensively and to a high

standard. Students develop their academic writing

and research skills and explore the disciplines and

interests of their choice. As Visiting Students of

Oxford University and members of Wycliffe Hall,

students study in the oldest university in the English

speaking world. SSO students enroll in a primary

and secondary tutorial, an integrative seminar (or

thesis in the case of second term students), and

the British landscape course. Students group their

work in a concentration so that all elements of

their programme work together. SSO is designed

for students interested in classics, English language

and literature, theology and the study of religion,

philosophy, and history, though all majors may apply.

Applicants are generally honors and other very

high-achieving students and must have a 3.5 GPA

to be considered for the programme. Students earn

17 semester hours of credit for a semester and may

complete two semesters of the programme.


program is sponsored by The Master’s College & Seminary.

Uganda Studies Program (USP)

The Uganda Studies Program provides students

with both immersion in a local community and

broad exposure to a variety of people and places in

Uganda and Rwanda. Students in the Uganda Studies

Emphasis (USE) live on campus at Uganda Christian

University (an international affiliate of the CCCU),

sharing their lives with university students from

Uganda and other parts of Africa. Students in the

Intercultural Ministry &Missions Emphasis (IMME)

live with host families within walking distance of the

university. Students in the Social Work Emphasis

will develop primary cross-cultural relationships

through their social work practicum in addition to

their involvement in campus life. All USP students

take classes from UCU professors and share meals

with UCU students. These relationships give students

a first hand perspective as they explore issues such as

poverty, aid and missions, and as they seek to recon-

cile the realities of East Africa with their Christian

faith. Students also spend time in Rwanda and rural

Uganda. In addition to the core experiential course,

students will choose from an approved selection of

courses from the UCU Honours College to earn up

to 16 hours of credit.

This program is sponsored by The

Master’s College & Seminary.


Oxford Summer Programme (OSP)

The Oxford Summer Programme (OSP) allows

students, as affiliate members of Wycliffe Hall,

University of Oxford, to do intensive scholarship in

the oldest university in the English speaking world.

During the five-week programme, students hone their

research and writing skills and delve into the areas that

interest them most while exploring the relationship

between Christianity and the development of the

British Isles. Seminars and tutorials are given on

specialized topics under expert Oxford academics in

the areas of English language and literature; history,

including the history of art and history of science;

philosophy; and theology and the study of religion.

The programme is structured for rising college

sophomores, juniors, and seniors, graduate and

seminary students, non-traditional students, teachers,

and those enrolled in continuing education programs.

Students earn 6 semester hours of credit.

This program

is sponsored by The Master’s College & Seminary.