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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. The program also includes a two night trip to experience the world-famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, Bavaria; this amazing retelling of the hours leading up to Jesus' death, where the whole town participates in acting and hospitality, has been going on every decade since the 17th century.

Program Dates

May 8, 2022 - June 3, 2022

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


Tuition: $1,865 per unit (same as Malibu tuition per unit)

Room & Board: $2,452

Program Specific Costs:

  • Global Health Fee: $84


Required Vital Documents and Deadlines

Completed IP Document Submission Form including the following documents:

  • Passport Copy
  • Health Clearance Form and Flight Itinerary
    • Programs departing in May 2022: Due March 11, 2022
  • Visa Copy (if applicable for non-U.S. passport holders): April 22, 2022


Course Requirements

7 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.

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 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 102 New Testament in Context (3)

GE: Christianity & Culture

Prerequisite: REL 101

Literary, historical, and theological study of the New Testament writings, with attention to their origins in the Early Jewish and Greco-Roman world and their subsequent influence.

REL 301 Christianity and Culture (3)

GE: Christianity & Culture

Prerequisite: REL 101

A study of ways in which Christianity shapes such aspects of culture as art, literature, music, medicine, law, secularization, ecology, racial and ethnic issues, and education, and ways in which these, in turn, influence Christian life and faith.



Dr. Dan Rodriguez

Professor Daniel A. Rodriguez

Professor of Religion and Hispanic Studies, Religion and Philosophy Division, Seaver College

Office: AC 201A

"Dr. Dan" Rodriguez is Dean of the Religion and Philosophy Division and professor of Religion and Hispanic Studies. He has taught practical theology and ministry courses at Seaver since 1994. He also serves as a minister at the Hollywood Church of Christ. Dr. Dan and his wife Jeanette are both graduates of Seaver College who participated in the Heidelberg Program as students. Since returning to Pepperdine in 1994, they have enjoyed hosting students in their home and traveling with them through International Programs (IP). Some of their favorite IP destinations have included Biblical Sites (sum 2000), Lyon, France (2003-2004), Japan, China and Tibet (Sum 2008), Shanghai (2010-2011), India (winter 2011) and Buenos Aires (sum 2017). They are very excited to return to Heidelberg in May of 2022 to make new memories and friendships with Seaver students.


Updated: 8.23.21