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Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    3 credits
    • Location

      Jacmel, Southern Haiti
    • Dates

      May 13–26, 2019
    • Cross-Listed Courses

      BIOS 120 Current Topics in Biology: Tropical Agroecology and Sustainable Development

      BIOS 440 Topics in Advanced Biology: Tropical Agroecology and Sustainable Development

      INCS 485 Development and Mission in Haitian Context

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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?

      The Haiti Study Tour is a two-week study tour to Haiti exploring the critical intersection of environmental stewardship and social justice, while exposing students to a variety of agricultural and ecological development programs, missions organizations and governmental strategies. Students will engage in hands-on learning experiences, grapple with the complexity of issues in holistic development and explore how culture, faith, politics, economics and the environment play a role in its sustainability and success.

      Students will spend two days on campus prior to leaving for Haiti to gain a foundational understanding of the cultural, environmental/ecological, missional and philosophical issues they will explore in country. Our time in Haiti will be based out of Jacmel, from which we will make a series of day-trips and several overnight trips, visiting a wide variety of projects, ministries and communities and hearing from a broad spectrum of Christian practitioners serving in this capacity. Readings and course workload will be standard with an upper-division elective in the disciplines of environmental science or intercultural studies.

      The Haitian context will provide an invaluable hands-on experience where students are allowed to be immersed in the culture, the problems and potential solutions. By listening to professionals in their field and seeing first-hand the tools and models they are enlisting to nurture spiritual, physical and environmental needs, the models and concepts will come alive.

      We are tremendously excited about the holistic integration involved in all elements of this curriculum for this study tour. The two instructional faculty will bring their professional experience and the perspective of their respective disciplines, along with their personal faith journey and theological education. The class will be steeped in missiological application, personal faith reflection and theological exploration.

      For more information contact: Dr. Brendon Anthony (BIOS); Dr. Murrey Decker (ICS)