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