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Study Away: Domestic Opportunities

For further information on any of the following programs, contact Lori Bristol at (610) 225-5010 or lbristol@eastern.edu

Domestic Quick Links:

    American Studies Program
    AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies
    Contemporary Music Center
    Los Angeles Film Studies Center
    Oregon Extension

Founded in 1976, The American Studies Program (ASP) has served hundreds of students as a "Washington, DC campus." ASP uses Washington as a stimulating educational laboratory where collegians gain hands-on experience with an internship in their chosen field. Internships are tailored to fit the student's talents and aspirations and are available in a wide range of organizations. Participants also explore pressing national and international topics in public policy seminars that are issue-oriented, interdisciplinary and led by ASP faculty and Washington professionals. The ASP bridges classroom and marketplace, combining biblical reflection, policy analysis and real-world experience.

AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies is a Christian environmental stewardship organization whose mission is to bring healing and wholeness to the biosphere and the whole of Creation. They offer numerous courses in environmental biology, chemistry and related areas during May term and two Summer sessions. Most courses are held on the campus in Michigan, with others offered occasionally in Washington State, India and Costa Rica. During the academic year, AuSable offers a semester-long internship program in environmental education, including substantial teaching experience with children in both outdoor and lab settings.

AuSable does not qualify for federal and state financial assistance, but offers its own scholarships, fellowships, and work study toward tuition and/or room and board.

The Contemporary Music Center provides a semester-long opportunity for students considering a career in contemporary music in any area -- creative or business, Christian or secular. The program offers three tracks:  the Artist, business or Technical Track. Located in Nashville, TN,  the program seeks to develop artists and music executives with a Christ-centered vision for music content, production and delivery.

The Los Angeles Film Studies Center introduces students to the work and workings of Hollywood and prepares them to serve in various aspects of the film industry with professional skill and Christian integrity. The program was inaugurated in 1991 and is located near major production studios. The semester-long program combines seminar courses with an internship in various segments of the film industry, providing students with an opportunity to explore the industry within a Christian context and from a liberal arts perspective.

The Oregon Extension offers a semester of community living and intensive seminar/tutorial-style liberal arts studies while living in cabins in the Cascade Mountains of rural Oregon. The low faculty to student ratio permits discussion of how Christian truth relates to academic study and the big questions of life. The setting allows extensive hiking and dialogue about environmental topics. After each class segment is completed, students take group trips backpacking in the mountains, to the Oregon coast and to San Francisco. The program runs fall semester only.

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