Students studying religion at Carthage have ample opportunity to study outside the United States during J-Term or for a semester. Students receive religion credit for many of these off-campus activities.
Spend a month excavating an ancient Roman temple in northern Israel, or spend a January examining religious myth and political vision in theater in Berlin. Students have studied in Greece, Guatemala and the Himalayas. Current programs are offered in India, the Mediterranean and Germany.
Current Study Tours
Luther and the Reformation. This travel course has three emphases: the 16th century birth of the Lutheran Reformation, German Lutherans and the Nazi Holocaust, and the east-west divide symbolized by the Berlin Wall. Students will explore theaters, museums, and galleries in Berlin; castles, monasteries and cathedrals where the Reformation played out; and will visit the former Nazi prison campus of Sachsenhausen, Buchenwald, and Ravensbrück.
Archaeology at Omrit. Every summer Carthage students have the opportunity to study religion and archaeology while working to excavate Omrit, an ancient site in northern Israel. Students spend 4-5 weeks working on the dig, and also swim in the Galilee, visit Jerusalem, and see several other famous and historical sites.
Religion and Society in Modern India. In this regular J-Term study tour, students encounter three contemporary Indian religious communities: Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. The course examines the life and interactions of these groups. Students visit five cities in northern India including Dehli, Agra and Amritsar.
Past Study Tours
The following trips were offered as J-Term study tours through the Religion Department in previous years:
The Himalayas. Students explored the religion and geography of the Himalayan region. It was taught by Religion Professor James Lochtefeld and Geography Professor Matt Zorn. For Hindus, the Himalayas are literally the “land of the gods” and are widely considered to be the holiest place on Earth. Students visited many important pilgrimage sites.
Berlin and the Holocaust. Students traveled to Berlin to explore the roles Christians played in both facilitating and resisting the Holocaust, learned about the various groups targeted by the Nazis, and considered the influence of the Holocaust on modern Jewish and Christian thought.
Berlin Theatre: Religious Myth & Political Vision. Students explored the vibrant and varied theater culture in Germany’s glamorous, ultra-modern capital by attending stage performances and watching films. Students also had the opportunity to view Berlin’s tourist destinations, as well as Weimar, Wittenberg and Dresden.
East Meets West: Cultural Contact and Contrasts in Northern Greece and Turkey. This study tour focused on northern Greece and the western coast of Turkey as well as Istanbul.
Guatemala: Religion and Social Justice. Students explored liberation theology in the struggle for social justice in Central America. Students received an intense exposure to contemporary Guatemalan culture, and got a much clearer idea of what it means to live at or near the global median wage than can be gleaned from economic statistics.