Preparatory Coursework



1. Third World Issues (HNGR 112): Introduction to the causes and consequences of Third World poverty and hunger within an increasingly interdependent and resource-scarce world. Examination of responsible alternatives seen from an interdisciplinary perspective based on biblical justice and mission. Topics include: health and nutrition; food production; population; education; employment; economic, political and sociocultural factors; natural resources; international cooperation; responses by Christians, individually and collectively. Open to all students. (2 hours) 

2. Biculturalism (Anthropology 353): Principles of anthropology that highlight understanding of and adapting to other cultures, with focus on the problems of cross-cultural adaptation and ministry for the Christian. (4 hours) 

3. Your choice of one of the following:

  • Economic Development and Growth (B/EC 365): The major issues of economic development faced by developing countries. Treats both theoretical and institutional approaches. Emphasizes problems such as poverty, inequality and unemployment in the context of interdependence. (4 hours)
  • Third World Politics (IR 357): A comparative examination of the nature and processes of political change and development in Third World countries. Emphasis is given to competing theories of the political economy of national development. (4 hours)
  • Social Change (SOC 385): Methods and theories of micro level, middle-range, and macro level social change; for example, conscientization, social movements, and violence-war. Case study approach. (4 hours) 

4. Your choice: Choose a second course from the above listing (Economic Development and Growth, Third World Politics, or Social Change) or an Approved Supplementary Course or another applicable course approved by the HNGR Director (2-4 hours). NOTE: Not all supplementary courses listed are offered every year. Consult a current course schedule or the appropriate department to determine the selection of supplementary courses available.

5. Field Research Methods and Intercultural Orientation (HNGR 385): A practical preparation of HNGR Program interns for participatory research and cross-cultural living and service. Emphasis in research is on design and implementation of qualitative and quantitative research methods in actual field settings, including roles, rapport, ethics, cultural adaptations, field notes, and write-up. Emphasis in orientation is on cross-cultural adjustment, including approaches, responses, psychological adaptation, relationship building, communication, health, and Christian witness. Open to HNGR interns only. (4 hours)

6. Language Study: Language acquisition is foundational to HNGR’s curriculum, and a highly desirable outcome of the field study and overall program. The HNGR Program provides students with the opportunity to study languages and cultures often under-represented in conventional study abroad programs, and emphasizes language study as a crucial aspect of the curriculum.

If the language spoken at the internship site is offered at Wheaton College, interns are expected to attain a minimum of intermediate level proficiency (courses 101, 102, and 201) before departing for the field. During their field study, interns may study a language through any combination of formal in-country language school, in-country university language study, and formal or informal tutoring. The Program encourages and helps to facilitate the availability of textbooks, audio materials, and/or tutors. Language acquisition during the internship is also facilitated by a home-stay with an indigenous family and involvement in an independent study of significant length. Language study is individually tailored and dependent on the context of specific internship sites.

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