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Cross-Cultural Program

Middle East 2016

Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Athens, Rome

With dramatic historical changes occurring, the Middle East remains an incredible place for experiencing the fascinating and volatile mix of religions, cultures, and historical movements that have shaped world history and promise to change the future. Beginning in Egypt, with time in the deserts of Jordan, living in Palestine and Israel, and traveling to Greece and Rome, participants will be immersed in the ancient/ modern world of Jews, Christians and Muslims. Living in homes in Palestine and in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem, studying, hiking, and serving from a base in Nazareth, and exploring ancient histories and current conflicts will provide an intense learning experience with the potential for life-changing insights into the Bible, world news, and yourself.


Estimated Cost: Tuition, Room & Board + $2,600 travel fee 
(subject to change due to airfare & exchange rates)
Leader: Linford Stutzman, Bible & Religion and Janet Stutzman
Enrollment: 28 students
Course Credit: 15 semester hours

Course Descriptions

CCSSC 201 Cross-Cultural Social Science 3SH
This course will focus on particular aspects of Muslim, Palestinian, and Jewish cultures in order to understand human culture—world views, values, ideals, feelings, and behavior. Of equal concern will be the response of students in developing insight, empathy, and cross-cultural adjustment skills in unfamiliar situations.

CCLNG 110 Arabic Language 3SH
This elementary level Amiya (spoken) Arabic Language course includes intensive instruction in the West Bank during the first part of the semester, with on-going practice throughout the semester with the Arabic speaking people of the Middle East.

CCREL 302 Religion & Culture in the Middle East (CIW) 3SH
Directed fieldwork, reading, personal interaction and participant observation and regularly scheduled seminars will enable the student to examine the cultures and religions of the Middle East from historical, anthropological and religious studies perspectives. The cultural focus will concentrate on the historical roots and contemporary expressions of cultural ideals, change, and conflict that shape all of life in the Middle East. The religion focus will concentrate on the powerful role of religion in Middle Eastern culture in shaping identity, sustaining community and creating the context of both conflict and reconciliation.

CCHIS 303 Contemporary Issues in the Middle East 3SH
Students will explore the contemporary political scene in Israel and Palestine. The course will consider responses to the situation of conflict that have arisen over a period of centuries. Students will get first-hand exposure to the historical background and contemporary life situations among Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs and probe the meaning of peace and justice in this setting.

CCBST 242 Biblical Geography, Archaeology and History 3SH 
The primary learning context for this course will be in Jerusalem and Israel. Classes at the Jerusalem campus will be combined with extensive field trips to an incredible array of biblical archeological sites. The goal of this course will be for students to gain insights into and appreciation for the biblical story through genuine personal experience of the biblical lands. From Jerusalem, the course will continue in Nazareth, on the Jesus Trail, in Athens, and conclude in Rome.

Immunization Information

Yellow Fever Vaccine in Jordan: although yellow fever is not a disease risk in Jordan, the government requires travelers arriving from countries where yellow fever is present to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. If you will be traveling to one of these countries where yellow fever is present before arriving in Jordan, this requirement must be taken into consideration.

Immunizations and prescriptions may be obtained at EMU Health Services by appointment.
Immunizations may also be obtained from your local health department or primary care provider.