Academic Offerings

January Term and summer courses, along with service learning projects, are a great supplement to the academic program.

Religious Studies—All Majors Welcome

  • REL 280 is designed to introduce students interested in professional ministry or lay leadership to the concepts of ministry and callings: historically, biblically, and present day. Through theological and biblical reflection, praxis, and discernment, students will gain insight into their own calling to ministry, whether in the church or in the world.
  • REL 281 provides students a wide-ranging knowledge of how religious principles and faith have informed engagement with society and have motivated pursuits of humanitarian and religious service throughout history. This course is open to all students across academic disciplines and religious perspectives.

The Niebuhr Center also works with the Department of Religious Studies to facilitate departmental internships. Students have received internships in a variety of locations, including:

  • Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wheaton, Illinois
  • Evangelical Child and Family Agency,
  • Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Pacific School of Religion
  • Bethel United Church of Christ in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • The Night Ministry

Service Learning

Elmhurst encourages students to participate in community service projects on campus and beyond. In some cases, students earn academic credit for their work.

A service learning experience may consist of a few hours of practical coursework; a J-Term course, spring break, or summer immersion activity. Each term more than 300 students work to strengthen the community beyond campus.

Service-learning initiatives link academic knowledge with social service in energizing and meaningful ways, including:

  • Working with special needs children at an Easter Seal Child Development Center
  • Assisting with ESL classes
  • Helping to care for homeless people
  • Providing assistance to refugee families

During the summer, students travel abroad to tutor students in South Africa or walk a trail of historic and religious significance in Spain.

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