January-Term explores civil rights, Middle-earth, weight loss and more

HUNTINGTON , IN — Though second semester does not begin until January 26, many Huntington College students are participating in courses on- and off-campus throughout the next three weeks. January-Term, an intensive three-week interim between semesters, allows students unique learning opportunities through a wide variety of courses that integrate academic study with Christian service.

Many students will examine the role of non-violence in the civil rights movement in the class Get on the Bus! The Civil Rights Movement and Reconciliation. These students will take an in-depth look at the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., and will visit historical civil rights sites in Memphis, Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery and Atlanta while meeting individuals who took part in the civil rights movement.

Several HC students will live in dormitory-style facilities at the Olive Branch Mission in the heart of Chicago. They will experience the urban community first-hand and examine issues of poverty, racism, sociology, community development and social justice through the lens of Christian faith.

Ancient Greece and Turkey: Paul’s Mediterranean Travels offers a study tour of important sites in the history and development of the early Christian church. Students will visit such cities as Athens, Corinth, Thessalonica, Philippi, Galatia, Tarsus, Ephesus, Pergamum, Sardis, Colassae, Laodicea, Smyrna and Istanbul .

Two classes will spend a couple weeks in Michigan focusing on outdoor environmental education and camp leadership. The outdoor environmental education class will hold two one-week camps for middle school students from area schools while the camp leadership class will explore area camp sites, meet camp leaders, observe programs, discuss leadership style and Christian camping and more.

On-campus courses will examine topics ranging from leadership to cross-cultural conflicts, from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth to the moon and beyond.

Some of the interesting topics that afford Huntington College students the opportunity to explore subjects outside of their major concentration include:

Intro to Watercolor Painting – Introduces watercolor painting using a variety of techniques with transparent water paints and explores watercolor as an enjoyable form of artistic expression.

So, You Want to be a Leader? – Explores what makes a leader, how Hollywood portrays leaders and the differences between Christian and secular leadership.

The Life of David – Studies the life of David as described in the biblical books of 1-2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles and selected Psalms.

Redemptive Cinema: Exploring Christian Narratives in Film – Utilizes tools of film theory and criticism while exploring classic, foreign and contemporary cinematic narratives that espouse Christian values of love, hope, forgiveness and redemption.

Understanding Cross-Cultural Conflicts – Unravels the components of cross-cultural conflicts, exploring how communication can be used to understand such conflicts as well as transforming those conflicts into constructive encounters.

The American College Student – Provides an introduction to college student affairs administration, focusing on the field of college student development, issues in higher education, the current college generation and the development of student affairs administration as a profession.

Detective Fiction – Examines detective fiction from its origins to the present day, focusing on several well-known authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler.

War in American Culture: Vietnam to the Present – Examines U.S. military actions of the 1963-2003 period and attempts to offer explanations as to why policymakers and presidents have elected to go to war in Vietnam, Panama, Grenada, Nicaragua, the Persian Gulf, Bosnia/Kosovo, Somalia and Afghanistan.

The Adventure of Marriage – Provides counseling for couples who are engaged or seriously dating, covering the areas of personality issues, expectations, extended family relationships, communication and conflict resolution, finances, intimacy and sexuality, leisure activities, children and parenting, and spiritual values.

The History of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth – Provides a guided tour of Middle-earth as discovered and described by J.R.R. Tolkien in his books The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

To the Moon and Beyond – Explores the Soviet-American race to the moon, focusing on the American Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs and discussing political, social and scientific perspectives of space flight.

Controlling Body Weight: Enhancements of Metabolism and Loss of Fat – Examines body composition theory, measurement and social impact while investigating the dynamics of dietary input and sources of metabolic output. Students will explore practical plans from experts and set lifestyle goals.

Growing Up Male or Female: A Christian Perspective of Gender in Society – Focuses on gender issues in today’s society with special emphasis on the K-12 school environment.

Crowds, Mobs and Revolutions: Collective Behavior – Focuses on various forms of collective behavior including crowds, rumors, gossip, disasters, fads, fashions, crazes, collective delusions and social movements with special attention given to terrorism and its impact on collective behavior.

Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington , Indiana . The College is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

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