CCCU Off-Campus Programs
CCCU Off-Campus Programs
NNU is affiliated with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). It is an association of 119 members in North America and 54 affiliate institutions in 20 countries and offers the following semester and summer programs to students of its member institutions. The programs offer a unique opportunity for students to make the world their classroom. These interdisciplinary learning opportunities are available to second-semester sophomores, juniors and seniors. For more information, contact the Off-Campus Study Office, 467.8113.
Students studying in CCCU programs that are officially recognized by NNU may be eligible to remain enrolled as NNU students while studying off-campus.
Information about these programs is available in the NNU Catalog and at: www.bestsemester.com
FALL 2015: BestSemester Reduces Program Fees
Starting this fall, fees for several BestSemester programs will be reduced by as much as $2,600, providing more opportunities for CCCU institutions and the students they send to the programs. The changes will take effect in the fall of 2015. The China Studies Program will see the most significant fee reduction of $2,600, with the Latin American Studies Program ($2,500), Uganda Studies Program ($1,600) and American Studies Program ($1,200) also benefiting from significant changes. The other programs’ fees remain unchanged or will increase slightly to account for cost of living.
CCCU U.S. Programs:
Students interested in these stateside programs should contact Dr. Steve Shaw, 467.8878.American Studies Program (ASP)
Since 1976, The American Studies Program has served as an experiential learning laboratory for students committed to connecting their faith to public affairs. Nearly 500 of ASP's 3,000+ alumni have returned to work in the DC metro area in a variety of professional fields—private and public, for-profit and non-profit. Each student enrolls in the program's two practicum courses: Internship and Topics in Leadership & Vocation. Students have the option of enrolling in a one-credit Professional Mentorship course. In addition, students apply to the Global Economy track, the Public Policy track, or the Strategic Communication track. The Global Economy track focuses on partnership initiatives taken by leaders in commercial, governmental and non-governmental organizations as they explore the impact they can achieve by collaborating on issues of sustainable development worldwide. The Public Policy track equips and supports students in their analysis of a pressing public policy issue. Each student produces original research by engaging area experts and practitioners off-site and in the classroom as they investigate the local, national and global factors that influence policy-making in Washington, DC. The Strategic Communication track engages strategic communication professionals working in Washington, DC to explore contemporary issues and ethics in strategic communication and conduct case studies in crisis communication. ASP students earn 15-16 semester hours of credit.
The Contemporary Music Center provides students with the opportunity to live and work in the refining context of community while seeking to understand how God will have them integrate music, faith and business. The CMC offers three tracks: Artist, Business and Technical. The Artist Track is tailored to students considering careers as vocalists, musicians, songwriters, recording artists, performers and producers. The Business Track is designed for business, arts management, marketing, communications and related majors interested in possible careers as artist managers, agents, record company executives, music publishers, concert promoters and entertainment industry entrepreneurs. The Technical Track prepares students for careers in live sound, concert lighting and studio recording. Students within each of the tracks receive instruction, experience and a uniquely Christ-centered perspective on creativity and the marketplace, while working together to create and market a recording of original music. Each track includes coursework, labs, directed study and a practicum. CMC students earn 16 semester hours of credit.
Founded in 1991, the Los Angeles Film Studies Center trains students to serve in various aspects of the film industry with professional skill and Christian integrity. Each semester, students live, learn and work in L.A. The curriculum consists of two required seminars: Hollywood Production Workshop (a film production course), and Faith and Artistic Development in Film, focusing on the role of film in culture and the relationship of faith to work in this very influential industry. In addition, students choose one elective course: screenwriting, acting, film production, or independent study. Internships in various segments of the film industry provide students with hands-on experience. The combination of the internship and seminars allows students to explore the film industry within a Christian context and from a liberal arts perspective. LAFSC students earn 16 semester hours of credit.
CCCU International Programs:
Students interested in these international programs should contact Dr. Ron Galloway, 467.8113.Australia Studies Centre (ASC)
The Australia Studies Centre is offered in partnership with Christian Heritage College (CHC), a CCCU affiliate member in Carindale, a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland. The ASC is designed to integrate the firsthand observation and study of Australian culture, history, religion, politics and indigenous cultures together with experiential service learning and formal instruction in Christian Studies, Business Ministries, Social Sciences and Education and Humanities. Every student is required to take The View from Australia: Issues in Religion, Politics, Economics and Cultural Values and required to select either "Australian Aboriginal Cultures" or "Indigenous Cultures in Australia & Aotearoa (New Zealand)". Additionally, students choose electives from CHC offerings in the School of Christian Studies, Business, Education & Humanities, Ministries, and Social Sciences. Students live with Australian families and volunteer with local community service providers. Trips vary from semester to semester but may include excursions to the Australian Outback, Aboriginal Communities and New Zealand. ASC students earn 16 semester hours of credit.
The China Studies Program enables students to engage China's ancient history and intrigue from an insider's perspective. While immersed in Chinese culture, students participate in seminar courses on the historical, cultural, religious, geographic and economic realities of this strategic, populous, and extremely influential nation. Students choose between completing a broad Chinese Studies Concentration or a Business Concentration, which includes and internship at a Chinese-owned and operated business in China. Students also study standard Chinese language with the goal of attaining the ability to handle everyday transactions in Mandarin. The program begins the semester in Hong Kong and introduces students to the diversity of China. Students will then live and study at Xiamen University in Southeastern China. During the course of the semester, students will travel around China visiting the capital city of Beijing, legendary Shanghai, ancient Xi'an and beautiful seaside Xiamen. This interdisciplinary, cross-cultural program enables students to communicate and understand the unique culture and people of China with an informed, Christ-centered perspective. CSP students earn 15-18* semester hours of credit.
India Studies Program (ISP) (Temporarily suspended for '15-'16 year)
"Unity in Diversity" is the hallmark of the nation of India. The India Studies Program is structured to provide students with both immersion in a local community and broad exposure to a variety of peoples, places and customs in India, including an extensive two-week travel portion of the program to provide students with a close-up look at India's diversity. Students will participate in two core courses: "Contemporary India: Culture, Society & Challenges" and "India's Religious Landscape" designed to provide a broad overview of the historical, religious, geographical and economic landscape of India. Building on their basic understanding of India's past and contemporary realities, students will have opportunities to explore a variety of issues - poverty, social justice, rapid social change, religious pluralism - through the eyes and experience of Indian Christians. Rounding out the semester experience, students will also have the opportunity to take courses in their major areas with Indian students and professors. These electives include Indian Literature, Design, Fine Arts, Culinary Culture, and Business. At its heart, the India Studies Program strives to encourage and equip students to effectively relate to India and its people in an informed, constructive and Christ-centered manner. ISP students earn 16 semester hours of credit.
Based in San JosÃÂ©, Costa Rica, the Latin American Studies Program introduces students to a wide range of experiences through the study of the language, literature, culture, politics, history, economics, ecology and religion of the region. Through living with local families, students become a part of the day-to-day lives of Latin Americans. Students also take part in a practicum/internship and travel to nearby Central American nations. Students participate in one of four concentrations: Latin American studies (offered both Fall and Spring terms); advanced language and literature (designed for Spanish majors and offered both Fall and Spring terms); international business (offered only in Fall terms); and environmental science (offered only during Spring terms). Depending on their concentration, students travel to nearby Central American nations including Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba and Panama. LASP students earn 16-18* semester credits.
The Oxford Summer Programme 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 the 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, 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. OSP students earn 6 semester hours of credit.
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 and the British landscape course. Second term students write a thesis on a topic of their choice. Students group their work in a concentration so that all elements of their programme work together. SSO is designed for students interested in art history, classics, English language and literature, history, modern languages (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian), musicology, philosophy, and theology, though all majors may apply. SSO also offers 18 thematic or integrative concentrations such as history and philosophy of science and social sciences. Applicants are generally honors students and other very high-achieving students, and must have at minimum a 3.7 GPA to be considered for the programme. SSO students earn 17 semester hours of credit for a semester and may complete two semesters of the programme.
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 are given the option to live with a host family for the semester, or to live on campus at Uganda Christian University (UCU), an international affiliate member of the CCCU located 15 miles east of the capital city of Kampala. All students attending USP are required to take "Faith & Action in the Ugandan Context" along with an African Context course. Students enrolled in the Social Work Emphasis (SWE) take a Junior or Senior level Social Work Practicum while all other USP students select from a variety of UCU electives. Students will forge meaningful relationships with their Ugandan peers, faculty members, and host families. These relationships give USP students a firsthand perspective as they explore issues such as poverty, cultural expressions of Christianity and missions, and as they seek to reconcile the realities of East Africa with their Christian faith. USP students earn up to 16 hours of credit.
*Note: When the possibility of 18 credit hours is indicated, enrollment requires prior approval of the program and the home campus.