Special Programs: Off Campus

Off-Campus Study Programs

Students must apply and receive permission from the Dean of the College (or Dean's designee) to enroll in off-campus special study programs. Such programs are intended for junior or senior level students. The administration reserves the right to limit the number of students in off-campus programs in any given semester.

Students planning to complete any of the following programs should register using the temporary registration course, TR 099C (15 hours), in the appropriate semester. Upon completion of the off-campus program, the student must request that an official transcript be sent to the Trinity Academic Records Office from the school at which they completed their off-campus coursework.

Upon receipt of the official transcript, Records will remove the TR 099C temporary registration from the student’s record. The appropriate Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) number and course designation (listed below) will be used to post the student’s off-campus semester courses on the Trinity transcript. Each completed course title will be posted under the IDS program description, and course grades with the GPA calculation will also be posted.

Special Off-Campus Study Program Course Designations

IDS 320American Studies Program (Washington, D.C.)1-10
IDS 321Au Sable Inst of Environmental Studies (multiple locations)1-10
IDS 324Contemporary Music Center (Nashville, TN)1-10
IDS 325Daystar University (Kenya)1-10
IDS 327Jerusalem University College (Israel)1-10
IDS 329Los Angeles Film Studies Center1-10
IDS 330Middle East Studies Program (Egypt)1-10
IDS 332Scholars' Semester in Oxford Program (England)1-10
IDS 333Approved Special Program1-16
IDS 334Uganda Studies Program1-10
IDS 335Australia Studies Center1-10
IDS 351Consortium Student Visitor Program Asbury1-10
IDS 352Consortium Student Visitor Program Bethel1-10
IDS 353Consortium Student Visitor Program George Fox1-10
IDS 354Consortium Student Visitor Program Gordon1-10
IDS 355Consortium Student Visitor Program Greenville1-10
IDS 356Consortium Student Visitor Program Houghton1-10
IDS 357Consortium Student Visitor Program Malone1-10
IDS 358Consortium Student Visitor Program Messiah1-10
IDS 359Consortium Student Visitor Program Seattle Pacific1-10
IDS 360Consortium Student Visitor Program Taylor1-10
IDS 361Consortium Student Visitor Program Westmont1-10
IDS 362Consortium Student Visitor Program Wheaton1-10

Waupun Initiative

The Waupun Initiative's Biblical Studies major prepares students to interpret the Bible accurately and to apply the Bible wisely in a wide variety of settings. The major prepares inmates for ministry to fellow inmates, positions of leadership in the church, or for a variety of other ministry positions at home or abroad.

This program is a cohort-based, 120-hour degree program that serves an adult non-traditional student population at the Waupun Correctional Institution.

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies will be able to:

  • Identify the basic elements of Christian ethics, exhibit Christian maturity and professionalism (integrity, responsibility, etc.), and be able to describe their responsibilities in the context of ministry (biblical living)  
  • Analyze biblical texts in their historical, grammatical, and theological context and interpret the Scriptures accurately by applying linguistic, historical, theological, and philosophical methods (biblical interpretation)
  • Develop a Christian worldview that describes how biblical truths apply to contemporary settings in order to be culturally relevant (biblical application)
  • Explain the major doctrines of Christianity and articulate his or her own theological convictions by integrating scriptural interpretation, biblical philosophy, and critical thinking (Theological Integration)​

Students in this special program will be required to complete the college's general education and global requirements, with these specifications and exceptions:

  • IDS 105 Foundations for Adult Learning in lieu of IDS 180 One Mission, Many Stories
  • BI 290 Interpreting and Teaching the Bible is taken as presentation-intensive general education course.
  • PSY 140 introduction to Psychology and PSY 255 Psychology of Addiction are to be taken within the general education core.
  • Service learning requirement is waived. 
  • World language is not required.
Major Requirements
BI 290Interpreting and Teaching the Bible 13
BRS 305Theology I: The God of the Gospel3
BRS 306Theology II: The Gospel of God3
BRS 340XHistory of Christianity3
CM 172Introduction to Ministry3
CM 181Spiritual Formation3
BI 452Biblical Studies Seminar3
CM 331Theology and Practice of Discipleship3
CM 260Introduction to Intercultural Ministry3
BI 301Old Testament Pentateuch and Former Prophets3
BI 303Old Testament Latter Prophets3
BI 307Old Testament Writings3
BI 331New Testament Synoptic Gospels and Acts3
BI 333New Testament Pauline Epistles3
BI 337New Testament General Epistles2
BI 339New Testament Johannine Literature2
BI 350Topics in the Bible1
BRS 338Theological and Sociological Foundations of Evangelism3
Total Hours47
Students in the Waupun program also complete a minor in psychology as part of the cohort program by taking the following courses:
Psychology Minor
PSY 140Introduction to Psychology 23
PSY 255Psychology of Addiction 23
PSY 375XFoundations of Christian Counseling3
PSY 220Interpersonal Skills Training3
PSY 300Personality Theories3
PSY 356Conflict Management3
PSY 381Counseling Theories3
PSY 382Crisis Counseling3
PSY 383Marital Counseling3
PSY 384Parent Education3
Total Hours24