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Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    3 credits
    • Location

      Ashland, OR, USA
    • Dates

      May 13–June 1, 2019
    • Cross-Listed Courses

      ENGL 360 Studies in American Literature

      ENGL 370 Studies in English Literature

      ENGL 440 Studies in Major Authors

      ENGL 460 Studies in Genre [Drama]

    • Pre-requisites

      ENGL 360 and 370 — ENGL 110 or 112, ENGL 113, and one 200-level course

      ENGL 440 and 460 — ENGL 110 or 112, ENGL 113, one 200-level course, and one 300-level course

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      Study Tours are Biola courses that are taught while the enrolled students travel with the faculty to a remote location relevant to the course content.


      What Will I Study?

      Shakespeare is a subject that demands more than textual analysis, editing workshops, socio-historical background and even instruction in Renaissance swordplay: ultimately, understanding of his plays is communicated best by seeing them performed. Twelve hours away by car, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is arguably one of the three best such centers in the world, along with those at Shakespeare’s birthplace (Stratford-upon-Avon) and Stratford, Ontario. Offering some two dozen hours of live theatre, and another ten hours interacting with actors, directors and staff backstage, Biola Shakespeare combines immersive study of dramatic texts with immersive exposure to a community devoted to the dramatic craft. Life together, furthermore—through prayer, shared meals and communal residency—serves the larger goals of whole-person education, going beyond head knowledge to real-life application.

      Engaging in this study tour, students will grow in their ability to analyze literary works, construct persuasive arguments, place critically-acclaimed works in their socio-historical context and compare aspects of their faith with interpretations of literary texts through informal discussion, formal assessment (quizzes, papers and presentations) and exposure to professional performances of plays.

      Shakespeare’s plays provide ample opportunity to discuss issues central both to faith and the human experience—the problem of evil, the need for grace, the tension of providence and volition, the complexity of human relationships, the Christian response to secular culture and so on. Such material provides rich fodder for integrative conversations.

      The program offers a cross-cultural experience by engaging students in conversations with a diverse, almost entirely secular community that is heavily committed to environmental causes and inclusivity. Students interact with representatives of the Festival community, discuss their beliefs respectfully but critically, and—at Buckhorn Springs, where they reside—support the eco-friendly lifestyle of our hosts through cooking, extensive recycling and care for the National Reserve of which Buckhorn is a part.

      For more information contact: Dr. Aaron Kleist; Grace Hansen