May 29, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Degree and Core Curriculum Information

Academic Program

Covenant students are expected to be familiar with the content and the requirements of the academic program in which they are enrolled.

The academic program is foundational to the entire educational enterprise and has been a trademark of Covenant. It is the College’s goal that students characterize and respond to reality from a biblical perspective. In order to make such a biblically based groundwork explicit and operative, the faculty has developed an unusual approach to the curriculum consisting of four basic parts:

  1. Biblical Knowledge
  2. Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  3. Equipment for Inquiry
  4. Major Specialization

The presumption is that a carefully designed curriculum can significantly augment the effect of an individual teacher in a particular course.

Biblical Knowledge

If students are to have a biblical world and life view, they must have a working knowledge of the Bible-how to read it, interpret it, and apply it-with full consideration of the knowledge that has been gained over the centuries. Six credit hours are devoted to the study of the Bible and six hours to the study of doctrine.

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

A genuinely biblical world and life view is not simply learned one way and is not limited in perspective, but takes into account the similarities and differences of various peoples and cultures. The curriculum, therefore, includes a series of interdisciplinary courses designed to provide common learning experiences for all students, an emphasis on the unity of knowledge, a global rather than provincial perspective, a focus not only on the past and the present, but on the future, and an experiential learning component.

Equipment for Inquiry

Students should be progressively gaining greater ability to orient their lives by perspectives based on scriptural revelation and to apply their biblical and other perspective to all areas of inquiry. To do this, they must acquire and refine skills as learners. Two sets of courses are designed to achieve this end: courses in the basics of English writing and speech, foreign language, mathematics and physical training; and courses in the basics of the natural creation.

Major Specialization

Covenant seeks to provide a liberal arts education that includes not only the broad and inclusive core curriculum but areas of greater specialization as well. Every student pursuing a baccalaureate degree must meet the requirements of a major-minor program or of a single major. In each course and major field of study, faculty members must keep in mind the overall goal of developing a biblical world and life view. As the student’s attention is directed toward a particular discipline, broad principles must become more specific. Integrated thinking means that two or more bodies of knowledge are brought together. Evidence that the student and the College have attained these goals occurs when the senior prepares a major thesis or project which, as stated above, explores and analyzes a problem in the student’s major field in light of Christian philosophy. Such a curriculum is not very common and makes a significant impact on the student.

Participation in Commencement Exercises

Students who have completed all of the requirements for graduation will be eligible to participate in Commencement exercises. If a candidate is on track to complete all degree requirements in the spring semester, and an unexpected event during the spring term results in the candidate lacking one required course, the candidate may request permission to participate in Commencement though not actually graduating. Requests must be submitted in writing to the Office of Records, to be considered by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. This last requirement may not be the Senior Integration Paper - SIP.

Graduate School of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

Students interested in teaching  in the following fields should complete a BA degree with a major in that field at the undergraduate level, followed by completion of a fifth year in the Master of Arts in Teaching. Grade levels of certification are noted in parenthesis for each field.

  • Art (P-12)
  • Biblical Studies (6-12; ACSI only)
  • Biology (6-12)
  • Chemistry (6-12)
  • Computer Science (P-12)
  • Drama (P-12)
  • Economics (6-12)
  • English (6-12)
  • French (P-12)
  • German (P-12)
  • History (6-12)
  • Mathematics (6-12)
  • Music (P-12)
  • Physics (6-12)
  • Political Science (6-12)
  • Spanish (P-12)

A middle grades level (4-8) certification is available with any two specializations in: language arts, mathematics, science, and/or social studies.

See catalog section for each major for further information related to the MAT.

For additional information, contact:

Master of Education Degree

The Master of Education degree is offered for school teachers, curriculum directors, and administrators in a K-12 setting with a minimum of one year of school experience and who have ongoing teaching or administrative responsibilities.  It is a 30 credit hour degree completed over three years.

Two specializations are offered: Educational Leadership and Integrated Curriculum and Instruction. Certification by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is available upon completion of the degree.

Courses are spread over most of the calendar year and include pre-campus, on-campus, and post-campus course work. The on-campus session is held at Covenant for three weeks each summer.

For additional information about the program, contact:

Graduation Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees

Students are personally responsible to plan their programs to meet graduation requirements. When a student declares a major or minor program, the default catalog term will be the term the student entered Covenant. If there have been significant changes in the core or program requirements since entering Covenant, the term the student declares the major will be used if the degree is conferred within ten years. After ten years, the then-current catalog degree requirements will need to be fulfilled. See the section for each major for specific graduation major requirements.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Biblical and Theological Studies
Community Development
Computer Sciences
Education Studies
Elementary Education
German Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Studies
Natural Science - Pre-Engineering
Philosophy and Religion
Sport Administration

The Bachelor of Arts Degree

Upon recommendation of the faculty and approval by the Board of Trustees, the degree of Bachelor of Arts is conferred upon students who have met the following requirements for graduation:

  1. A minimum of 126 credit hours
  2. An institutional grade point average of 2.00 or better
  3. The fulfillment of all BA core curriculum requirements
  4. At least 25 hours in upper-division courses
  5. Compliance with all requirements in the major field, or major and minor fields
  6. No grades below “C-” in the major or the minor
  7. A residence of one year and the completion of the last 32 hours at Covenant, with the exception that students in residence for three semesters or more may complete nine of the last 32 hours at other approved colleges
  8. The payment of all bills, the return of all equipment and library books, and the completion of all chapel and Mark 10:45 requirements.
  9. For some majors, completion of the Major Field Achievement Tests and other assessments of institutional effectiveness

Core Curriculum for Bachelor of Arts Degrees

Basic Literacies

Foreign Language

Proficiency in one year of an elementary-level foreign language.  6 hours. (See Foreign Language section - Core Foreign Language Requirement )


MAT 122  or above, AP Calculus or CLEP credit for College Algebra or above, or exemption is permitted for students assigned a math placement  level of 3, 4, or 5. 
3 hours.

Exploratory Stewardship of Opportunities

See the Core, Diversity, and Distribution Requirements  section for descriptions of requirements and lists of courses. Courses from a major department cannot fulfill both a major requirement and a distribution requirement.

  • Diversity Requirement 3 hour(s).
  • Fine Arts Distribution Requirement 3 hour(s).
  • Humanities Distribution Requirement 3 hour(s).
  • Natural Science Lab Distribution Requirement 4 hour(s).
  • Social Science Distribution Requirement 3 hour(s).

Total BA Core Curriculum Requirements: 59 hours

Core, Diversity, and Distribution Requirements For Baccalaureate Degrees

Core Requirements

The core curriculum is based on the faculty’s belief that a liberal arts education should be broad and inclusive, introducing students to ideas and values of continuing concern and providing them with historical and spiritual perspectives on the complex problems of our society. The core curriculum is also designed to provide Covenant students with common learning experiences, to emphasize the God-ordained unity of knowledge, to provide a global rather than a provincial emphasis in learning, to focus students’ attention not only on the past and the present but also on the future, and to develop students’ capacities to learn not only through ratiocination but experientially. Crucial to the success of the core curriculum is the pervasiveness of a biblical perspective in every course.

All students who are candidates for a baccalaureate degree are required to take courses or demonstrate competency in each area of the core curriculum. Exceptions to these requirements are listed in the sections of the catalog describing particular majors. Normally, one semester of the two course sequence of Christian Doctrine I, II and Cultural Heritage of the West I, II are required to be completed at Covenant. If a core requirement is fulfilled by demonstrating proficiency, no credit hours are awarded. These hours will be replaced with elective hours applied toward the minimum of 126 hours needed to graduate. Some programs will require more than 126 hours.

All students who are candidates for a baccalaureate degree are required to complete an Intercultural Experience. All Intercultural Experiences must be pre-approved by a faculty member of the Intercultural Competencies Committee.

One component of this broad liberal arts core curriculum is the skill of public speaking. Beginning in Fall 2006, most departments will offer a ‘Speech Intensive’ or “S” course that will satisfy this component. Many departments have designated their Senior Integration Paper (SIP) course as the “S” course, which means this will come at the end of a student’s studies at Covenant. Some departments have not designated an “S” course and students pursuing those majors will be required to complete ENG 252 Speech . Below is a summary definition of what qualifies a course as an “S” course.

“S” course definition: A course in which students are required to make a prepared and organized oral presentation (minimum 12 minutes) to a class of peers and faculty. Instruction about form, content, and assessment will precede the oral presentation, and rubric-based evaluation of content, form, and delivery will follow it. In addition to whole-class instruction, there will be some level of mentoring interaction between professors and individual students.

With each list of major requirements, majors have designated the “S” course for the major or listed separately an alternate course which will satisfy this component. If the student completed the major’s “S” course prior to Fall 2006, it will not satisfy the “S” requirement, and the student will need to complete ENG 252 Speech  to satisfy this requirement. However, if the student takes that major’s “S” course in a future term, the student will not be required to take ENG 252 Speech .

Another core component is writing skills that are grounded in our “W” courses, also taught within our majors as defined below.

“W” course definition: A course in which the conventions of formal writing in the discipline are taught, including adherence to a style manual or other disciplinary parameters. A major writing assignment will incorporate pre-writing instruction about form, content, and assessment, and subsequent rubric-based assessment will address both content and form. In addition to whole-class instruction, there will be some level of mentoring interaction between professors and individual students. The SIP may not count as a “W” course.

Diversity (DIV) Courses

Diversity courses will explore one or more of the following: genders, ethnicities, races, religions, social classes, disabilities, or cultures other than Anglo-American and white majority European as their primary subject matter. A DIV course offered by a student’s major department may fulfill both the DIV and a major requirement. A DIV course may not fulfill the DIV and another distribution requirement below. A diversity course code (DIV) will appear with the course description. Students who successfully complete this requirement will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify the role of races, genders, ethnicities, religions, social classes, disabilities, or cultures in shaping human knowledge and cultural production.

  • Empathize with perspectives other than their own.

  • Connect course knowledge to broader concerns for, and commitment to, the physical and spiritual worth and welfare of all image bearers.

Distribution Requirements

Distribution requirements allow a student to select courses of interest to gain exposure to a variety of disciplines contributing to the broad liberal arts emphasis. Below are the four distribution requirements with the courses that can satisfy these components. Normally, courses from a student’s major department may not fulfill a core distribution requirement. Courses fulfilling a core distribution requirement may also apply toward a second major or minor requirement. See the section below, Courses Satisfying Multiple Requirements, regarding scenarios when a core distribution requirement may also apply toward a major program requirement. A distribution course code (i.e. FAR, HUM, LAB, SSC) also appears with the course description.

Fine Arts (FAR) Distribution Courses

Explore varied elements of human artistic inquiry and/or expression. Students who successfully complete this requirement will have demonstrated the ability to:

* Engage various elements of human creative process as found in the visual, musical or theatrical arts.

* Appreciate the products of human creativity in the visual, musical or theatrical arts.

* Think biblically about the process and products of human creativity in the visual, musical or theatrical arts.

Humanities (HUM) Distribution Courses

Explore varied elements of human culture, thought, and/or literary expression. Students who successfully complete this requirement will have demonstrated the ability to:

* Engage various elements of human thought, literary expression and cultural development.

* Recognize the interplay between human thought, literary expression and cultural development.

* Think biblically about the process and products of human thought, literary expression and cultural development.

Humanities Distribution Requirement Approved Courses:

Natural Science Lab (LAB) Distribution Courses

Explore elements of scientific investigation and content, including hands-on laboratory experiences, in one or more of the natural sciences. Students who successfully complete this requirement will have demonstrated the ability to:

* Engage various elements of scientific exploration in physical or biological sciences.

* Appreciate the products of scientific study in physical or biological sciences.

* Think biblically about the process and products of scientific endeavor in physical or biological sciences.

Natural Science Lab Distribution Requirement Approved Courses:

Social Science (SSC) Distribution Courses

Explore human behavior at the individual, group, and structural levels, as well as the interplay of these factors. Courses will make use of social and/or behavioral science methods, both quantitative and qualitative. Students who successfully complete this requirement will have demonstrated the ability to:

* Engage various elements of the exploration of human social interactions, institutions and behaviors.

* Appreciate the products of the study of human social interactions, institutions and behaviors.

* Think biblically about the process and products of the study of human social interactions, institutions and behaviors.

Courses Satisfying Multiple Requirements:

To encourage breadth in the overall academic programs, normally courses with a prefix from a student’s major department may not fulfill a core distribution requirement. For example, a history major may not use an HIS or POL prefix course from the History and Politics Department to fulfill a core distribution requirement. Also, a course fulfilling an Interdisciplinary Studies major requirement may not fulfill a core distribution requirement.

There are some scenarios where a course could fulfill two requirements. Courses fulfilling a core distribution requirement may also apply toward a second major or minor requirement. A course required for a major program with a prefix outside of the major department, may be used to fulfill a major and a core distribution requirement. For example, a Business major requires ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics, which is offered by the Economics and Community Development Department. ECO 202 may fulfill the core social science distribution requirement as well as the business major requirement. A core diversity (DIV) course offered by a student’s major department may fulfill both the DIV and a major requirement.

Major and Minor Program Requirements

Covenant seeks to provide a liberal arts education that includes not only the broad and inclusive core curriculum but areas of greater specialization as well. Every student pursuing a baccalaureate degree must meet the core and program requirements for at least one major. Many majors, especially in the natural sciences and education call for careful planning as early as the freshman year in order to assure fulfillment of all prerequisites and program requirements in a four year period. The same is true for a student who desires to pursue multiple majors and/or minors. A student with extensive transfer hours must complete at least 12 hours of a major and at least 6 hours of a minor or concentration from Covenant.

When a student declares a major or minor program, the default catalog term will be the term the student entered Covenant. If there have been significant changes in the core or program requirements since entering Covenant, the term the student declares the major will be used. Academic departments establish program requirements and retain the right to make appropriate substitutions. To add or drop a major or minor, obtain a Change of Academic Program/Advisor Form from the Office of Records or their webpage.

A student may choose to pursue a second major and/or minors with their elective hours. With variations in the number of hours required for each major program, and with each student potentially transferring or being exempted from program requirements, the number of general electives required may vary for each student to reach a minimum of 126 hours required for the BA degree.

Senior Integration Paper

Every graduate of Covenant traditional programs will have completed a bachelor’s thesis, referred to as the Senior Integration Paper (SIP). Each department provides careful preparation to aid students in researching a topic and providing a consideration of that topic in light of our faith. The SIP provides a model of integrative activity that can inform faithful practice as graduates move from Covenant to their next area of vocation. A Covenant student’s Senior Integration Paper is a demonstration of his or her level of achievement in the major field. This should be a substantial paper assessed in each of the following areas:

  1. Mastery of content (This component should demonstrate the breadth and/or depth of knowledge in the content and/or research methodology of the discipline. The requirement in this area may in some cases also include a recital, a play, a body of poetry, etc.)
  2. Christian integration (This component should demonstrate understanding of explicit and implicit connections between biblical perspectives and the discipline.)
  3. Written communication
  4. Oral communication relative to the construction or defense of the paper

Planning for Completion of Major Work

Majors in natural sciences, education and music programs call for careful planning as early as the freshman year in order to assure fulfillment of all requirements and prerequisites. Be sure to see the specific requirements under the appropriate departments. Students planning to have a double major must begin careful planning of their courses in the freshman year in order to avoid later schedule conflicts.

Institutional Assessment

In order to maintain high academic standards and assess how well Covenant College is achieving its mission, the College regularly conducts institutional assessments with students. This not only assists us in determining strengths and deficits in the academic program, but also satisfies accreditation requirements. Early in the fall semester, entering freshmen participate in a series of assessments, including a general measure of academic performance like the Proficiency Profile published by ETS, and an attitude measure of religiosity. Juniors re-take the general measure of academic performance in their spring semester during a regularly scheduled Assessment Day. Some seniors will participate in taking the Major Field tests published by ETS. Seniors re-take the attitude measure of religiosity. Other assessments may be assigned to some or all students at all class levels. Most of these assignments will take place on Assessment Day in the spring semester. Participation in assigned assessments is mandatory. Failure to keep assigned assessment appointments will result in holds on transcripts, freezes on accounts, and even delay in graduation. Assessment assignments are coordinated through the Office of Records and the Institutional Research office.

Summer Course Offerings

A limited number of courses are offered during the summer months. A three-week May Term session is offered immediately following Commencement where students may take a maximum of 4 credit hours with no more than two standard classroom courses meeting throughout the three weeks. These offerings provide the opportunity for students to make up deficiencies, earn extra credit or take required hours in order to lighten their loads during the regular semesters. Students may also earn credit by working as interns with a variety of organizations locally or in your hometown. Students from other colleges are also welcome to apply as special students for any summer courses.

Independent Study

Required core or major courses, either not offered in a given semester or involving a subject not typically offered at Covenant, may be arranged on an independent basis. Covenant College does not offer distance or correspondence courses. Such situations may arise when a student receives a low grade in a major or required course, a student changed majors or transfers to Covenant late in his or her college career.

  • Such an arrangement must be authorized by the Coordinator of Instruction and the Registrar, and this authorization will ordinarily be granted only when a student needs a course that will not be offered before his or her expected date of graduation. An Independent Study Agreement may be requested from the Office of Records if a course is being considered.
  • For an independent study in the major on a subject not otherwise offered at Covenant, the student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above. The student must submit to the supervising faculty member an outline and bibliography for the program he or she wishes to study.
  • The tuition rate for the respective term will be assessed unless otherwise approved by the Coordinator of Instruction and the Registrar.
  • For Independent Study Courses, at least 3 face-to-face meetings must occur between student and instructor for instruction and administration of exams.

Summer independent study courses will run from the first Monday after spring commencement through August 5 or the first Monday after August 5 if that date is on a weekend. All work for the course must be submitted by the last date of the term, to the instructor, or the Office of Records if the instructor is not available. Final grades for a summer term independent study are to be posted one week before the first day of fall semester classes.

Off-Campus Studies

Since Covenant’s aim is to motivate and enable its young men and women to make an impact on the world for Christ, it takes the entire world for its classroom. Covenant’s faculty does not recognize geographical restrictions on learning but provides several off-campus opportunities designed to reinforce that which takes place in the classroom through the test of experience.

Experiential learning is an integral ingredient of Covenant’s comprehensive, Christ-centered, liberal arts curriculum. Experiential learning is defined as “learning by doing, learning outside the traditional classroom environment involving activity that is meaningful and real, as well as contributes to the academic, spiritual, and personal growth of each student, and for which academic credit is awarded.”

Students are required to be in good academic and social standing and be enrolled for one year at Covenant before being permitted to participate in an off-campus studies program.  Please see the Off-Campus Studies section of the Financial Aid Handbook regarding eligibility and use of financial aid resources for off-campus studies. Normally, institutional resources will only be applied toward the off-campus programs that are offered by Covenant, the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), and institutions with which Covenant has a contractual agreement.

A maximum of 18 semester hours of credit from off-campus study courses may be applied to a degree from Covenant. Credits and grades earned from all external programs will be considered transfer credits requiring a “C-” or better letter grade to be applied toward a Covenant degree. All grades will appear on our transcript and will be included in the calculation of the transfer GPA. The institutional and transfer GPA will be combined to determine an overall GPA.

Students may earn college credit through a variety of programs administered by the Office of Global Education. Some of these programs can be used to fulfill the requirements of the Intercultural Experience (COR 337 ) with the pre-approval of a faculty member of the Intercultural Competencies Committee.

Approved Off-Campus Studies Programs

Students may study off-campus while remaining enrolled as full time students at Covenant by participating in approved consortial and contractual agreement programs. Billing is coordinated through Covenant, and students remain eligible for financial aid at the following levels: 100% of normal external aid (federal, state and/or outside sources) and 50% of normal institutional aid. If a study abroad program is required for a student’s major (Spanish, French, German Studies, and International Studies), students who have attained junior status will be eligible for 100% of both normal external aid and normal institutional aid. Normal institutional aid is any aid awarded by Covenant, including endowed and restricted funds. No student employment is offered while students are studying abroad. In addition to these fees owed to Covenant, students may be responsible for additional application fees payable to the host institution, travel expenses not included in the program, personal expenses, and additional food expenses.

Approved Off-Campus Studies Programs through Consortial Agreements

For consortial programs, all coursework will be entered on Covenant’s transcript just as one of our institutional courses with credit being awarded for all passed courses (greater than “F”).  Current approved programs include student programs offered by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

Student Programs of The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities:
The CCCU Student Programs provide excellent opportunities for studying abroad in various locations throughout the world. Domestic “Culture-Shaping Programs” include the American Studies Program, Contemporary Music Center, and the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. International “Culture-Crossing Programs” include the Australia Studies Centre, Latin American Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, Scholars Semester in Oxford, and the Uganda Studies Program.

The Oxford Summer Programme:
The Oxford Summer Programme is a 5 week program provided by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Seminars and tutorials are available under the direction of expert Oxford academics in the areas of History, Religious Studies, Philosophy, English Literature, the History of Art, and History of Science.

The Au Sable Institute:
The mission of Au Sable Institute is to inspire and educate people to serve, protect and restore God’s Earth.  To accomplish this mission, Au Sable offers college courses in environmental stewardship and conservation science, along with opportunities for research experience.  Students may also gain teaching experience in environmental education through Au Sable’s Environmental Education Internship Program described at

Approved Off-Campus Studies Programs through Contractual Agreements

For contractual programs, all coursework will be entered on Covenant’s transcript with transfer credit being awarded only for courses completed with a letter grade of “C-” or better. Billing is coordinated through Covenant. Current approved contractual programs include those listed below:

Semester in Berlin, Germany:
Berlin is a dynamic, multicultural city where students enjoy a spectacular diversity of cultural offerings and easy access to much of Europe. ISA Berlin semester programs are conducted through Freie Universität Berlin with courses taught in English and German by local and visiting faculty. Homestays included.

Semester in Valparaíso, Chile:
Valparaíso is located along Chile’s long coastline, northwest of Santiago. The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, serves as the academic anchor of ISA’s Chile study abroad programs. Students will be able to take courses in Spanish language and Latin American studies with international students, as well as many electives with local Chileans. This program is of special interest to International Studies majors. Homestays included.

Semester in Spain:
Semester in Spain is a study abroad program of Trinity Christian College. This Spanish immersion program, located in Seville, Spain, offers Spanish courses on four levels, which serve the needs of most students of Spanish, whether they wish to fulfill a specific course requirement, earn credits toward a degree in Spanish, or simply learn the language. The program combines challenging academic study with opportunities for students to practice what they learn.

Semester in Aix en Provence, France with CEA:
This semester abroad program is designed for students who are interested in studying French language and culture while experiencing everything Aix-en-Provence has to offer. Students take courses offered through the Institut d’Etudes Françaises Pour Etudiants Etrangers (IEFEE), a center of the University Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III dedicated to teaching French. The IEFEE is regarded as one of the best French-language teaching centers in the country. All classes are taught in French and are available to students of various language levels from high beginner to superior. A homestay is included with this program.

Semester in Paris, France with CEA:
This program, offered jointly by the CEA GlobalCampus in Paris and the University of Paris IV - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne, is designed for students of all language levels who are interested in acquiring and improving their language skills while gaining a thorough education in French culture. This distinctive program offers study abroad students the opportunity to compliment the intensive language learning with elective study in the liberal arts and social sciences in various subjects, taught in English, including Art, Business, Cultural Studies, History, Literature, and Political Science.

Semester in Aix-en-Provence, France with IAU:
French Honors Program and The Marchutz School of Fine Arts
Through IAU College, students can enroll in the Marchutz Fine Arts program or the French Honors program in Fall or Spring. The Marchutz School of Fine Arts aims to help students, who wish to study art in France, sharpen their visual perceptions of the world around them, decipher their emotional responses to these perceptions, and through an holistic (studio, historical, and critical) discipline, relate their discoveries to an intensive investigation of the nature and aim of art. The French Honors Program is designed for French Majors or other students with demonstrated advanced level French, interested in a comprehensive language and cultural immersion program. Both programs include a homestay with a French family.

Semester in Heidelberg, Germany:
This program, for juniors, is connected to Universität Heidelberg - Germany’s oldest university. Students will develop a more independent and self-reliant attitude towards learning. Students will gain a new perspective on their major field of study and will broaden understanding of European history and cultures. Since all courses are taught in German, language proficiency will increase rapidly. These new language skills will then allow more ease of assimilation into German life and culture. Students live in dorms or shared apartments with German students. This program is of special interest to German Studies majors.

Semester in Brussels, Belgium with Vesalius College:
As the center of the European Community, Brussels is the ideal place for students of varying interests and major areas of study to enrich their undergraduate experience. Located in the heart of Brussels, Vesalius College provides an ideal venue for students to get the most out of a European Study Abroad opportunity. Over 300 international students from over 45 nationalities attend Vesalius College every semester, providing a truly cosmopolitan and culturally enriching environment. With class instruction in English, associated with a Dutch-language university and located in a French/Dutch bilingual city, Vesalius College offers something for everyone. A homestay is included with this program.

Semester in Granada, Spain:
This program through Covenant’s partnership with CEA and the University of Granada, offers courses in Spanish and English in a variety of subjects. It is of particular interest for Covenant’s International Studies major, as students can take immersive language and study history, international relations and politics. The program includes a homestay with a Spanish family.

Semester in Jerusalem, Israel:
This program through the Jerusalem University College offers courses in the history, geography, culture, religions, and languages of ancient biblical times and the modern Middle East, providing rich insights into the past and a meaningful cross-cultural experience. Semester students travel the land from Dan to Beersheba, and take field trips throughout Egypt and Jordan depending on the program of study in which they are enrolled. Faculty members from a variety of cultures and traditions help students learn to use the historical, geographical, archaeological, cultural and linguistic data in the interpretation of Scripture. They further the students’ understanding of the interplay of ideologies and customs in the political, social, and historical relationships of the Middle East.  NOTE: Students who participate in this program will not be eligible for federal Title IV funds, but JUC will provide aid in the amount of any federal funding.

Rome with Purpose:
Live and study in central Rome, Italy in Christian community. Liberal arts courses include Italian language and culture, Church History, Art and Architecture, and Ancient Roman World. This program is open to any major, but does not fulfill Covenant’s two semester foreign language requirement.

Go ED Study Abroad Programs:
Go ED. is a study abroad program that partners with international relief and development organizations across the globe, embedding students in select regions and countries to learn, study and experience life from an indigenous perspective. The program operates in some of the most poverty-stricken regions of the world, in the belief that light, beauty and hope continue to thrive in these hard places, and that they offer profound lessons to those who are willing to learn. There are currently Go-ED programs in Rwanda and Thailand, with practicums in surrounding countries. Students spend 16 weeks in their chosen location, attending four 3-credit classes during the semester and participating in a four-week field practicum project.

Semester in Tokyo, Japan: (fall only)
The East Asia Institute at Tokyo Christian University is a one-semester program that lets you meet the people in their home setting, experience for yourself their life, culture, and history, and gain a deep academic knowledge of this region. The one semester option provides a package of courses carefully tailored to give a balanced knowledge of Japan and East Asia, a set of guided experiences to understand the history, art, and modern economic power of the Japanese people, a homestay with a Japanese family, and the friendship of Japanese students and other international students.  (100% of Covenant financial aid is applied for this study abroad program).

Semester in New York City with The King’s College:
Through a partnership with The King’s College in lower Manhattan, junior or senior students can pursue intensive semesters in Journalism or Advanced Business. New York City offers students access to the business and journalism worlds, pairing classroom learning with related experiences in journalism internships, business connections in the finance district, and opportunities to network with professionals in both fields. Housing is in apartment buildings with other NYC Semester students.

Approved May Term and Summer Off-Campus Study Programs

May Term Off-Campus Programs Directed by Covenant:

Various May Term off-campus study programs are made available depending on professor availability and student interest. Recent offerings have included programs in Czech Republic, Hungary (Budapest), London, Israel, Italy (Florence), and New York City.

  • Program and registration info for May Term 2019 will be available late Fall 2018.
  • Students participating in approved May Term off-campus study programs will enroll as students at Covenant College during the term in which the off-campus experience occurs and will be responsible to cover the normal rate of tuition for May Term in addition to all program expenses (including airfare, lodging, food, transportation, etc). Expenses vary by program.

Students may study off-campus during the summer months by participating in approved contractual programs. All coursework will be entered on Covenant’s transcript with transfer credit being awarded only for courses completed with a letter grade of “C-” or better. Billing is coordinated through Covenant. Current approved contractual programs include those listed below:

Summer Term in Brussels:
Situated in Brussels, “The Capital of Europe,” Vesalius College offers students a unique summer experience. Lasting just six weeks, the Summer Session gives students a focused academic program and the opportunity to experience and explore the best of European culture and travel.

Summer Term in France with CEA:
Programs are offered during June and July in both Aix en Provence and Paris. The Intensive Language program in Aix is designed for students at the high beginner level and above who wish to acquire and improve their French language skills in a short, intensive period. The French Culture & Society program in Paris focuses on providing an intensive and profound exploration of subjects, taught in English, ranging from the foundations of French History to current issues in International Politics and business issues. Instructors concentrate on adapting their courses to the city of Paris, using its streets, museums, markets, and people as an endless source of course material.

Summer Term in Germany:
Spend six weeks (late May through early July) in Heidelberg, Germany, taking Intermediate and Advanced German along with other courses at Universität Heidelberg-Germany’s oldest university, while living with a German family. All courses are taught in German, and credit is granted through Heidelberg University, Tiffin, OH. A trip to Berlin is included, along with other cultural excursions.

Impact Programs

Break on Impact: Many students decide to learn about the church in other cultures and contexts through one of the Break on Impact mission trips. The purpose of this program is to immerse them in a situation in which the focus is on serving others and sharing the love of Christ. Sites have included: Yakama Indian Reservation, the United Kingdom, and Atlanta.

Chalmers Center Internships: Community development majors may apply for domestic and international internships in pilot projects run jointly by the Chalmers Center and partnering agencies and churches worldwide that bring economic development and spiritual transformation to the poor.

Individually Contracted Intercultural Experiences

Students may also individually design and negotiate the specific details of a particular Intercultural Experience to complete the requirements of the Intercultural Experience COR 337  learning contract available from the Intercultural Competencies Committee. Variable credit (1-3 hours) may be awarded for one intercultural experience.

Practicums and Internships

Students may design, contract, and participate in a broad range of hands-on, off-campus, practical learning activities in settings related to their occupational or academic goals outside the normal classroom setting. The objectives for a practicum are negotiated and approved prior to undertaking the experience and should involve activity that is meaningful and real and in which the student has the assistance of other persons (faculty, professional personnel, etc.) in maximizing the learning experience. Practicums may be taken by any student regardless of academic major. See your academic advisor, the Center for Calling and Career, or the Director of Global Education for more information. Some of these practicums and internships can be used for Intercultural Experiences COR 337  with the pre-approval of a faculty member of the Intercultural Competencies Committee.

Army ROTC Program

Covenant students may participate in the Army ROTC program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), enrolling for college credit and transferring those credits back to Covenant. The students will need to provide transportation to the UTC campus for course work.

The ROTC Military Science and Leadership Program is a deliberate, continuous, sequential, and progressive process, based on Army values, that develops Soldiers into competent and confident leaders. As the Army’s largest pre-commissioning source, ROTC lays the leadership foundation for thousands of cadets across hundreds of university campuses. ROTC is a leadership development program consisting of three interconnected components: (1) on-campus component, (2) off-campus component, and (3) Leadership Development Program (LDP). By design, the three components dovetail for seamless, progressive, and sequential leader development. The Military Science Department offers courses in general military subjects which may be applicable to any student regardless of his or her career intentions. The overall objectives are:

  • to provide general orientation courses open to all students in the basic course;
  • to provide selected students for the advanced course an opportunity to seek a commission in the U.S. Army, the Army Reserve, the National Guard, Nurse Corps or Chaplain Corps;
  • in conjunction with other college disciplines, to develop individual character and attributes essential to an officer.

The cost of the ROTC courses at UTC will be included in the full-time Covenant tuition if students are enrolled in 12-18 hours for the semester (Covenant and ROTC courses combined). If combined hours exceed 18 hours, an additional tuition charge will be assessed at the 19+ hourly tuition rate for every credit above 18, just as if the student was enrolled in more than 18 hours of courses exclusively at Covenant. To register for classes, students must:

  1. Complete a UTC admissions application and turn in to Covenant’s Office of Records. Be sure to indicate on the application that you will be a “non degree student.” (
  2. Complete a request for an official Covenant transcript that will accompany the application to UTC (
  3. Once accepted to UTC, you will receive an acceptance letter, and students must contact Tonya Botts in the Department of Continuing Education to register for classes. Contact Tanya Botts at 423.425.5305 or

Students will need to have a transcript sent to Covenant from UTC at the end of each semester to have the credits and the grades applied to the Covenant College record. Uniforms are not issued to basic course students; textbooks for ROTC are provided. Issue items must be returned at the end of the school year or upon dis-enrollment from the ROTC program. Advanced course ROTC students sign a contract with the U.S. Government which requires them to complete the advanced course and accept a commission upon graduation. Students receive $100 each month while enrolled in the advanced course and approximately $500 for attending summer camp plus travel pay to and from summer camp.

The ROTC program is composed of two levels as listed below:

  • Basic courses (Military Science I and II) are composed of the first four semesters of military science courses. No active duty commitment is required of students taking the basic course.
  • Advanced courses (Military Science III and IV) are composed of the last four semesters of military science courses and a six-week summer camp at an army installation at the end of the junior year. The student successfully completing the advanced courses with a grade of “C” or better will, upon graduation, be commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Contact the Office of Records with any additional questions. Course descriptions of all courses are available on the UTC website (