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HNGR Curriculum

Core Courses (16 hours, required before internship)

  • HNGR 114 Poverty, Justice, and Transformation (4 hours, Global Studies, Social Inquiry)
  • ANTH 353 Biculturalism (4 hours)
  • Elective: choose one of the following
    • Social Change (SOC 385)
    • Economic Growth and Development (ECON 365)
    • Politics of Global Development (IR 315)
    • New Voices in Old Testament Studies (BITH 449)
    • Indigenous Histories in the Majority World (HIST 391)
    • Survey of Spanish American Literature (SPAN 337)
    • Global Health (BIOL 381)
    • Nature, Environment, and Society (ENVR 315)
    • Other 300 Level or above 4 credit courses may qualify by special permission of the HNGR Director
  • HNGR 385 Field Research Methods and Intercultural Orientation (4 hours)
  • Language Study: Interns are expected to attain conversational proficiency for all languages offered on campus (e.g. SPAN 331, FRENCH 331, MAND 331). For languages not offered on campus, students will be required to develop a self-guided language learning plan in collaboration with the HNGR office. It is also suggested that all HNGR interns incorporate a language tutor for the first half, at least, of their internship.                        

Co-Curricular Components

  • World Relief Tutoring. The HNGR Program partners with World Relief Dupage to accompany newly arrived refugees. For the year leading up to the HNGR internship, all HNGR interns will tutor a family in basic English for 2 hours each week. This experience practices hospitality for new families in Dupage County and foreshadows many cross-cultural engagements during the internship, such as trying to communicate without language abilities.
  • HNGR Small Groups. Though HNGR students intern by themselves, the HNGR cohort is still a significant part of the internship. Friendships within the cohort last a lifetime and one of the main avenues to develop these relationships in biweekly small groups.
  • HNGR Retreats. During the year leading up to the internship, the HNGR cohort will gather once in the Fall to participate in an event designed for students to build relationships together as they explore new neighborhoods in Chicago and once in the Spring for a weekend-long retreat. In addition, upon students' return to campus after their internships, students will have a week-long retreat in January prior to their final semester at Wheaton.

Field Courses (10-16 hours, required during internship)

  • HNGR 491 Introduction to Internship in Development (0)
  • HNGR 496 Internship in Development (4-8 hours)
  • XXX 495 Independent Study (2-4 hours in major or in HNGR)
  • HNGR 481 Introduction to Global Christian Perspective (0)
  • HNGR 484 Global Christian Perspective (4 hours)

Post-Internship Course and Activities (required after internship)

  • HNGR 494 Capstone Integration Seminar (2 hours)
  • HNGR Chapel and Poster Display