Heidelberg Summer Program

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The Heidelberg GE Program

Live in a beautiful mansion down the road from a castle in the city that Mark Twain fell in love with. Moore Haus overlooks romantic Old Town Heidelberg, a university town rich in culture and history. As a special experience, this summer the Passion Play at Oberammergau will take place. This play has been performed since 1634, and is a unique and powerful event the program will be focusing on this summer.

Program Dates

May 10th, 2020 - June 23rd, 2020

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.


Tuition: $1,745 per unit

Room & Board: $3,420

Required Vital Documents and Deadlines

Completed IP Document Submission Form, including the following documents:

  • Passport Copy: due January 17, 2020
  • Health Clearance Form and Flight Itinerary (for flight exempt students only): due March 13, 2020
  • Visa Copy (for students requiring a visa only): due April 24, 2020

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.

* Conflicts with HUM 295

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.

* Conflicts with PHIL 527

GER 251 Second-Year German I (4)*

GE: Language

Prerequisite: GER 152 or equivalent competency

  • 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.

* Conflicts with PHIL 527

GER 252 Second-Year German II (4)

Prerequisite: GER 251 or equivalent competency
As in GER 251, this course emphasizes language production skills, but focus is on composition and reading literary texts to prepare students for
upper-division courses. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses. 

* Conflicts with PSYC 200 and REL 102

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.

* Conflicts with HUM 313 

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.

* Conflicts with GER 121

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.

* Conflicts with HUM 212

PHIL 527 Philosophy of Religion (4)*

GE: Christianity & Culture (Satisfies REL 301 requirement)

  • A study of philosophical perceptions of God, religious experience, revelation, faith and reason, religious language, religion and ethics, evil, and death and eschatology.

* Conflicts with GER 151 and GER 251

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.

* Conflicts with REL 102 and GER 252

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.

* Conflicts with PSYC 200 and GER 252

The following courses are scheduled at the same time and therefore cannot be taken in combination:

  • GER 121 and HUM 295
  • GER 151/GER 251 and PHIL 527
  • HUM 212 and HUM 313
  • GER 252, PSYC 200, and REL 102


Required Textbooks

Heidelberg Summer 2020 Textbook List



Dr. Tomás Bogardus

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Religion and Philosophy Division, Seaver College


Office Location: CAC 103B

Office Hours: Tuesday/Friday 2:00PM-3:00PM and Wednesday by appointment 

Tomás Bogardus earned his BS in Biology at UC San Diego, his MA in Philosophy at Biola University, and his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He's been teaching at Pepperdine since 2013, and he works mainly on the mind-body problem, the philosophy of gender, and the rationality of religious belief. He lives with his wife and daughter in a small hippie/hipster town, and his hobbies include woodworking, bodyboarding, surfing, and No Gi jiu jitsu. His German is serviceable, and his wife and daughter are fluent in German. They've spent a substantial amount of time in Heidelberg every summer since 2014, and they look forward to sharing their love of the city (and of Germany) with Pepperdine students.



Updated: 2.27.20