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Heidelberg Religion and GE Program

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Students can complete their Religion GE requirement in addition to taking other GE and German courses in Heidelberg, living just yards away from the beautiful Heidelberg Castle and studying in the heart of this medieval town. 

Program Dates

May 5, 2024 - June 28, 2024

Dates above indicate a planned departure date from the US and in-country return departure date.


Tuition: $2,070 per unit (same as Malibu tuition per unit)

Room & Board: $5,392

Program Specific Costs:

  • Global Health Fee: $200


Course Requirements

8 unit minimum requirement. Students must take GER 121 if they have no previous German language experience, even if they have met their GE language requirement with another language. Students that have already completed GER 151 or higher must enroll in HUM 295.

Course Offerings

GER 121 German Language and Culture (1)

Teaches basic, practical conversation and limited reading and writing skills along with a study of German culture. This course does not prepare a student to take GER 152. Taught only in the Heidelberg program during the summer term.

GER 151 Elementary German I (4)

Basic conversation, reading, and writing; study of German culture. Must be taken for a letter grade. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses.

GER 152 Elementary German II (4)

Prerequisite: GER 151 or equivalent

Continued practice of basic conversation, reading, and writing; study of German culture. Must be taken for a letter grade. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses.

GER 251 Elementary German II (4)

Prerequisite: GER 152 or equivalent

This course emphasizes language production skills and interactive language use with a concentration on conversation. This course also develops reading strategies and examines complex grammar structures. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses.

HUM 212 Western Culture II (3)

GE: Western Culture

Prerequisite: HUM 111, ENG 101 (or GSHU 121 or SAAJ 121)

An analysis and interpretation of six major historical "events" during the time period 1300-1815 and their cultural implications: Renaissance, Reformation, Intercultural Encounters, Science, Enlightenment, the French Revolution. Students will achieve cultural literacy in these areas and develop skills in cultural interpretation and analysis.

HUM 313 Western Culture III (3)

GE: Western Culture

Prerequisite: HUM 212

Focused on a particular topic in modern culture, the course will use historical narrative of the time period 1815 to the present as a background for investigation into a particular theme or themes. Students will engage with and assess varying cultural and historical interpretations. Students will achieve cultural literacy in the modern period and demonstrate their skill in synthesizing and evaluating diverse historical and cultural interpretations. 

HUM 295 Enriching the International Experience (1)

This course is designed to enrich the student's international experience by providing opportunities to engage more fully with the culture and to reflect more deeply on the experience. It is the goal of this course to help students know how to look at and listen to their new culture and how to give meaning to their international experience. Taught only in International Programs. May be repeated in a different location. Cr/NC grading only.

PSYC 200 Introduction to Psychology (3)

GE: Human Institutions

A general introduction to the study of the science of psychology, intended for non-psychology majors. Consideration is given to the basic issues and research in human growth and development, perception, sensation, learning, thinking, motivation, emotion, personality, assessment, psychotherapy, and social behavior.

REL 200 The Story of Christian Scripture (3)

GE: Christianity & Culture

Prerequisite: REL 100 or 101

Examines the Jewish and Christian scriptures in context, focusing on the central story they tell, how they came together, and how they have been interpreted to address perennial human concerns. 

REL 300 Christianity and Culture (3)

GE: Christianity & Culture

Prerequisite: REL 200 or 102

Illuminates and evaluates how Christian scripture, theology, history, and practices interact with perennial human concerns, with a course-specific focus.

REl 599 Special Topic (3)

Consent of divisional dean required. Directed study in any area of emphasis within the division.



Dr. Christina Littlefield

Dr. Christina Littlefield

Associate Professor of Communication and Religion
Currents Magazine Advisor

Communication and Religion and Philosophy Divisions, Seaver College

Office: CCB 148

Dr. Christina Littlefield (PhD, Divinity Faculty at the University of Cambridge, England) is an associate professor with a dual appointment in religion and journalism at Pepperdine University. Her first book, Chosen Nations: Pursuit of the Kingdom of God and its Influence on Democratic Values in Late-Nineteenth Century Britain and the United States (Fortress, 2013) examines the good, bad and ugly in American and British civil religion at the peak of Protestant dominance in both countries. Specializing in church history, journalism history, sociology of religion and theology and ethics, Littlefield's interdisciplinary work looks at the intersection of religion, politics, media and culture. Her current historical research focuses on the social gospel and muckraking era of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Updated: 08.08.23