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Wheaton College Summer Institute Courses

Course Offerings | Summer 2023 (More will be added by January 2023)

George Kalantzis teaching students on Blanchard Lawn

Enjoy a series of lectures by Wheaton College world class faculty covering a variety of topics, as well as participate in other exciting enrichment activities. 

Instructors: Soh-Hyun Park Altino, Leonardo Altino, Lee Joiner, Rose Griffin, Daniel Horn, Sarah Holman, Tom Hueber | Music Experience

Soh-Hyun Park AltinoIn this course (previously known as Summer Music Camp), talented young musicians will study with Wheaton College music faculty in private lesson, master class, and chamber ensemble experiences. The course provides tools to guide young artists as they grow in their faith and understanding of what it means to be a Christian musician. Activities on campus will include faculty recitals, student performances, and repertoire study. Students will explore the arts in the city of Chicago with visits to the Art Institute, the Grant Park Symphony, Ravinia Festival, and more. 

If applying for Music Immersion for the Performing Artist, please visit this link to submit audition requirements.

Instructor: Jeremy Botts | Art

Jeremy BottsThroughout history artists and designers have invented and embraced new technologies, finding new and experimental ways to envision the world. In this studio art course, students will create their own tools and explore ways to reinvent existing methods of making. Personal expression, the visual communication of messages, and collaboration will be encouraged via some of the following: laser cutting, Risograph printing, gestural mark making, digital photography, letterpress printing, spray painting, concrete casting, hand lettering, paper crafting, stop motion animation, book making, and more. (2 credits, ART)*

Instructors: Andrew Abernethy & Keith Johnson | Bible & Theology

Andrew AbernethyKeith JohnsonThis course enables students to think more deeply about God, the Bible, and their life of discipleship. During the first week, students will learn how to read and teach the Bible with clarity and insight. During the second week, students will reflect on important Christian doctrines with the aim growing in love for God and their neighbors. (2 credits, BITH)


Instructor: Greg Anderson | Graduate School Chaplain

Greg AndersonWheaton College has prepared people for ministry since its founding. This course will help young people to consider and explore a calling to a full-time ministry or how to make their marketplace or professional career a ministry. There will be lectures from and discussions with Wheaton professors, Billy Graham Scholars from around the world, pastors, and representatives from mission agencies and para-church organizations.  There will be exercises to help the students know and share their faith and to develop a pastoral and world Christian perspective.  Students will put those ministry skills into practice on each other in the context of a comfortable but challenging classroom community. There will be an opportunity to shadow a Christian worker in either a suburban and urban situation—a mentored mini-mission trip. (2 credits, CFM)

Instructor: Enoch Hill | Business & Economics

Enoch HillIn this course, we will study some of the fundamentals of economics, including concepts such as ownership, prices, opportunity cost, supply and demand, and money (just economics). We will then build on our foundational understanding to reflect on normative questions (Just Economics). What should the objective of society be? How do we evaluate whether one outcome is better than another? And how does our faith influence our decisions? Along the way, we will enrich our exploration using real-world examples. How do we allocate limited vaccines? How do I determine what college to attend? How should we determine who gets into a particular class? Who can live in my neighborhood…or my country? (2 credits, ECON)

Instructors: Jeffrey Galbraith, Mark Lewis, Andy Mangin, Susan Dunn-Hensley, Ben Weber, & Alison Gibson | English Literature & Communication

Wheaton College Summer Institute Shakespearience Faculty

In this course, English and Arena Theater faculty will guide students through two of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth, as they become better readers and actors of Shakespeare’s works. As students analyze Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays in the morning sessions, they will ask together: Who was Shakespeare? How can we better understand Shakespeare’s language? How did the historical and cultural events of the Renaissance and the Reformation influence Shakespeare and his work? How does Shakespeare’s work help us ask and answer questions of faith and theology? In the afternoon sessions, students will learn how to speak Shakespeare’s verse effectively and make interpretive choices as actors. Along with classroom sessions, students will have the opportunity to explore the Batson Shakespeare Collection and go to Chicago to see a performance of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. This course will give students a Shakespearience like no other. (2 credits, COMM or ENGL)

Instructor: David C. Downing | Marion E. Wade Center

David DowningC. S. Lewis was arguably the most influential Christian writer in the twentieth century, and his legacy continues undiminished in our own time. His works of fiction showcase his unique blend of intellect and imagination, blending Christian theology, otherworldly fantasy, and shrewd psychology. In this course, we will read Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and The Magician’s Nephew to explore how Lewis engages the mind and heart of the reader, in deceptively simply fantasy stories. (2 credits, ENGL)

Instructor: Nicole Mazzarella | English Writing

Nicole MazzarellaHow do stories arise? What forms can they take? How do I share my stories with a wider audience? This fiction writing workshop explores writing fiction from the blank page to publication. Participants explore a variety of forms of fiction (flash fiction, short stories, novels, screenplays, & playwriting) through writing their own work. In addition to participating in workshops led by a professional writer, students will hear from those in the publishing industry about the process of publishing. Participants will workshop their project and have one-on-one coaching from the workshop leader. The two weeks will include inspirational writing excursions, an open mic opportunity, and a chance to contribute to the workshop’s online anthology. The session concludes with a reading for family and friends. (2 credits, ENGW)

Instructor: William Struthers | Psychology

Bill StruthersThis course explores how neuroscientists study the human brain and the contemporary issues that arise. Lectures and lab experiences will focus on the tools used to study and understand the brain and their impact on understanding human thought, behavior, and emotion.  Morning sessions will include lectures and seminar discussions that examine how the central nervous system is understood and related cultural/philosophical issues. Afternoon sessions will involve work with neural specimens, tissue, and other neuroscience lab techniques. (2 credits, NEUR)

Instructor: Robert O’Connor | Philosophy

Robert O'ConnorThis course explores the field of medical ethics, which looks very closely at some of the moral issues that currently confront medical practitioners. It is taught in the philosophy department because, first, philosophers carefully explore the question, what does it mean to be a human being and what makes a human so valuable? This is absolutely critical to decide in order to know how humans ought to be treated. But this raises the second fundamental question: how can we decide what policies and procedures are morally appropriate for treating human beings? As Christians, we’ll strive for answers that reflect Biblical standards. We’ll do so, however, according to those fundamental moral principles that underwrite biblical guidelines. Some of the specific topics we’ll wrestle with include euthanasia and end-of-life care, fertility and genetic engineering, the role of race and gender in a just treatment, and the merits of human and animal experimentation. (2 credits, PHIL)

Instructor: Jim Beitler | English Literature & Writing

Jim BeitlerSpeak, friend, and enter! This course journeys to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth to explore the doctrine of creation, issues of stewardship and creation care, and human creativity. During our time together, we’ll discuss Tolkien’s creation story alongside the biblical account, influences on his writing and his processes of world-building, his meditations on fairy-stories and sub-creation, and his concern for nature and the environment. We’ll also watch selections from Peter Jackson’s LOTR films, considering how Jackson creatively adapted Tolkien’s world to the screen. At the end of the course, we’ll turn to “the end of all things,” reflecting on the topic of new creation and looking to the Alpha and Omega who declares, “Behold! I am making all things new!” (2 credits, ENGL)


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