Off-Campus Studies

Trevecca offers a number of off-campus for-credit learning opportunities to students. Because of the nature of these programs, students are advised to work with the financial aid office to determine whether or not aid is available to them for a particular program.

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Trevecca Nazarene University is one of 121 members in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, a Washington D.C.-based organization which was founded in 1976. Students benefit directly from Trevecca's involvement in the CCCU through participation in Culture-Shaping Programs including the Washington-based American Studies Program (ASP), the Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC), the Contemporary Music Center (CMC), the Washington Journalism Center (WJS) in Washington D.C., and the Culture-Crossing Programs including the Australia Studies Centre (ASC), the Latin American Studies Program (LASP) in Costa Rica, the Oxford Summer Programme (OSP) at Oxford University, the Middle-East Studies Program (MESP) in Cairo, the China Studies Program (CSP), the Scholars' Semester in Oxford (SSO), the India Studies Program (ISP), and the Uganda Studies Program (USP). A partial description of each program as presented by CCCU is listed below. Eligibility requirements and detailed program descriptions are available at www.bestsemester.com. Trevecca generally assigns credit as recommended by the individual programs. Some offer specific course credits; others offer variable credits. While Trevecca works with other institutions in the offering of these credits, matters related to approval, acceptance of coursework, the assignment of grades, and course titles and descriptions are determined by Trevecca personnel and must be in compliance with Trevecca's policies and procedures.* Application materials and information on these programs can be secured from the Center for Leadership, Calling and Service. Completion of Trevecca application materials should be prerequisite to processing the online application available on the BestSemester Web site. Because of the nature of these programs, students are advised to work with the financial aid office to determine whether or not aid is available to them for a particular program.

*Note: When the possibility of 18 credit hours is indicated, enrollment requires prior approval of the program and the home campus.

American Studies Program

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 either the Global Development Enterprise track or the Public Policy Initiatives track. The Global Development 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 to address 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. ASP students earn 15–16 semester hours of credit.

Contemporary Music Center

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.

Los Angeles Film Studies Center

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.

Washington Journalism Center

The Washington Journalism Center (WJC) is a semester-long study program in Washington, D.C., created for students interested in the field of journalism. While in Washington students take classes focusing on their reporting and writing skills and on the history and future of the media. These classes—Foundations for Media Involvement; Reporting in Washington; and Washington, News and Public Discourse—combined with an internship at a top news publication help students learn to integrate their faith in a journalism career. Students also participate in service learning opportunities as part of the WJC experience. WJC students earn 16 semester hours of credit.

Australia Studies Centre

The Australia Studies Centre (ASC) 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 & Cultural Values" and required to select either "Australian Aboriginal Cultures" or "Indigenous Cultures in Australia & Aotearoa (New Zealand)." Additionally, students choose two units from CHC's offerings in Christian Studies, Business, Ministries, Social Sciences or Education and Humanities. 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.

China Studies Program

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 an internship at a Chinese-owned and operated business in China. Students also study standard Chinese language with a 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, including 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.

Latin American Studies Program

Based in San José, 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. LASP students earn 16-18* semester credits.

Middle East Studies Program

Based in Jerusalem, Israel, this program offers students a unique opportunity to explore and interact with the complex and strategically important world of the modern Middle East. Students explore diverse religious, social, cultural and political traditions of Middle Eastern peoples through interdisciplinary seminars. They also study the Arabic language and volunteer with various organizations. Through travel in the region (recently Israel, Palestinian areas, Jordan, Tunisia, and Turkey), students are exposed to the diversity and dynamism of the local culture. At a time of tension and change in the Middle East, MESP encourages and equips students to relate to the Muslim, Eastern Christian and Jewish worlds in an informed, constructive and Christ-centered manner. MESP students earn 16 semester hours of credit.

Scholars' Semester in Oxford

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 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.

Oxford Summer Programme

The Oxford Summer Programme (OSP) 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, and 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.

Uganda Studies Program

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. USP is offered in partnership with Uganda Christian University (UCU) an international affiliate member of the CCCU located 15 miles east of the capital city of Kampala. Students either live on campus at UCU or with host families within walking distance of the university. All students will also participate in one or two short homestay experiences. As a result, a spectrum of Ugandan 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. Students also spend time in Rwanda and rural Uganda. The experience-based and practicum courses are taught by CCCU faculty while the African Context courses and courses from the UCU curriculum are taught by UCU faculty. In addition to the core experiential course, students will choose additional elective and/or African Context courses. USP offers a Social Work Emphasis for declared social work majors at the practicum level. USP students earn up to 16 semester hours of credit.

India Studies Program

"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 a close up look at India's diversity. Students will participate in two core courses 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. 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 up to 16 hours of credit.

Army ROTC

All university students in the Nashville area may participate in the Army ROTC program at Vanderbilt University. While Vanderbilt serves as the host university, students enrolled in other area colleges and universities are not charged additional tuition to take military science courses. Grades are transferred back to each university and added to the student’s transcript. A Trevecca student who has successfully completed requirements for a Trevecca bachelor's degree program and successfully completed the Army ROTC program at Vanderbilt will receive a commission in the Army, as well as the degree from Trevecca.

Students who are enrolled full time at Trevecca may take Army ROTC courses at Vanderbilt University, and if credit is received for the coursework, transfer the credit to Trevecca. A Trevecca student who has earned a minimum of 18 credit hours in military science courses will have his/her graduation requirement of a Trevecca minor waived.

Students who participate in the Army ROTC program from area schools receive all benefits, privileges, and compete for scholarships on the same basis as full-time students enrolled at Vanderbilt University. Upon graduation, there is an active duty or reserve forces duty (Army Reserve or National Guard) obligation.

Army Officer Education (Army ROTC)

The Army Officer Education Program (ROTC) is a sequential and progressive academic program that provides pre-commission training for college-educated men and women who desire to serve as commissioned officers in the active Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard. As the Army’s largest commissioning source, it fulfills a vital role in providing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technological Army. Admission is open to both men and women who meet mental, moral, and physical qualifications.

Training goes beyond the typical college classroom and is designed to build individual confidence and self-discipline, instill values and ethics, and develop leadership skills. The course load consists of one course per semester. Each succeeding year will address course topics in greater depth as students receive feedback on their leadership style and assume positions of greater responsibility within the program. Graduates are commissioned as Second Lieutenants. Upon completion of training, all commissioned officers will have follow-on employment in the Army Reserve, National Guard, or active duty. Educational delays may be granted for graduates who desire to pursue advanced degrees.

Scholarships. Students can earn merit scholarships in several ways. High school seniors can compete for three- and four-year scholarships through a centrally managed board. The application window opens during the summer prior to applicants’ senior year. Scholarships are also awarded through Vanderbilt University through a local scholarship board. All students are eligible to compete for scholarships. Scholarship students receive financial benefits that cover the cost of full tuition scholarships each year, an annual $1,200 book allowance, all uniforms, and a monthly tax-free stipend beginning at $300 for freshmen and increasing to $500 for seniors. All students enrolled in the Army ROTC program are provided textbooks and uniforms at no expense. Contracted non-scholarship students also receive the monthly stipend from $300 to $500 depending on the academic level. For more information, see the Web site at www.goarmy.com/rotc.

Summer training. Students have the opportunity to attend several training events over the summer:

  • Cadet Leader Course — This five-week leadership exercise at Fort Knox, Kentucky, is a commissioning requirement. This course is normally completed between the junior and senior years. Travel, room, and board are provided free, and cadets are paid approximately $700.
  • Cultural Understanding and Language Program (CULP) Internships — Students are encouraged to spend a semester, special or summer session in academic studies abroad if feasible. Special incentives are available to further attract qualified students to these valuable programs.
  • Cadet Troop and Leadership Training Internships (CTLT) — CTLT Internships are leadership development opportunities for students who are placed with military organizations throughout the world to gain perspective and understanding of the role of the military officer.
  • Cadet Professional Field Training (CPFT) — Airborne, Air Assault, Mountain Warfare, Robin Sage (US Special Forces), Helicopter Flight Training, and Sapper.

Other training opportunities exist for qualified applicants who are interested.

Commissioning and career opportunities. A commission in the U.S. Army is a distinctive honor earned through hard work, demonstrated commitment, and a desire to serve the nation. Post-graduate military education, usually starting within six months of graduation and commissioning and continuing through the officer’s service career, begins with the basic officer leadership course that qualifies new lieutenants in their specific branch of service. Education delays are available for critical specialties requiring postgraduate civilian education such as law and medical degrees.

For more information, visit http://www.vanderbilt.edu/Army/ or telephone the Enrollment Officer at 615-343-4834 or 615-322-8550.