Middle Eastern Studies Summer Program

Spend the summer in Jordan! Students will mostly reside in Amman. Students will visit significant historical and religious sites such as the Dead Sea, Petra, Jesus' baptism site, Aqaba, Jerash, Madaba, Wadi Rum, and Mt. Nebo.

Program Dates

May 26, 2021 - June 25, 2021

*The dates listed include departure dates from the U.S. and from the program location back to the U.S.


Tuition: 4 unit minimum at $1,810 per unit (standard Malibu summer tuition rate)

Room & Board: $2,368

Program Specific Costs:

  • Visa: $99
  • Global Health Insurance Fee: $78*

*Charged to student's account

Required Vital Documents and Deadlines 

Completed IP Document Submission Form including the following documents:

  • Passport Copy: due January 15, 2021
  • Health Clearance Form and Flight Itinerary (for flight exempt students only):
    • Programs departing in June 2021: April 9, 2021
    • Programs departing in July 2021: May 14, 2021
  • Visa Copy: May 21, 2021

Course Requirements

4 unit minimum requirement, and students may take up to 5 units. Students can choose to take either INTS 365 or REL 301. Students cannot take both INTS 365 and REL 301. All students must take HUM 295. Students who choose to take INTS 365 may take HUM 295 for 0 units.

Course Offerings

HUM 295 Enriching the International Experience (0-1)

  • 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.

INTS 365 People & Cultures of the Middle East (4)

GE: World Civilizations

  • This course, taught in Jordan, seeks to acquaint students with some of the diversity of peoples and cultures in that country and in the Middle East region as a whole. Emphasis is placed on understanding key elements of the Arab-Muslim culture which creates the sociocultural context both for Jordan and the broader region. In addition to looking at the specific local culture(s) and cultural diversity of Jordan and the region, emphasis will be placed on understanding the concept of culture and the nature and challenge of intercultural understanding, adaptation and growth--i.e., how do we become people who can understand and engage any cultural context in a positive way. Offered only in the Jordan International Program.

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. 


Students will visit  significant historical and religious sites such as the Dead Sea, Petra, Jesus' baptism site, Aqaba, Jerash, Madaba, Wadi Rum, and Mt. Nebo.

Students may want to consider extending their travel on their own and travel to Israel which is short bus ride away. Flight change fees are paid for by the student. Pepperdine University does not sponsor travel to Israel. 

CCCU - Middle Eastern Studies Program (MESP) Partner

MESP Director Dr. Doug Magnuson is in charge of the program in Jordan. He has lived in the Middle East for more than 30 years and has a wealth of experience and stories. Many class sessions will be taught by local guest lecturers, and nearly every week, students will get to meet and hear from at least one world-class expert who may also be a religious leader, embassy official, member of the Israel-Palestine negotiations team, or author.

Dr. Magnuson has a heart for teaching students to grow in how they relate to and live effectively among people from different cultures. His passion is to see students truly understand what it means to engage in another culture, not just live there as tourists. This is a huge part of the cultural immersion students will engage in while on the Jordan: MESP program.

In addition to the interactions students naturally have while living immersed in this culture, the Jordan program provides opportunities for students to make progress in these areas by facilitating service projects and multiple cultural exchanges.

"On MESP you won't be a tourist; you'll be a pilgrim. Students immerse themselves in Arab culture until they're on a first-name basis with members of the community. Of course, you'll get to see all the tourist sites too, with plenty of free time to explore—but you'll likely spend most of that free time discussing in coffee shops, playing soccer with the neighborhood children, or bargaining with the shopkeepers as you get to know them. 

The weather is clear and dry, and from your neighborhood, you'll have easy access to all of the restaurants, gatherings, and attractions that Amman has to offer." - CCCU Website


Dr. Ron Cox

Associate Dean, International Programs; Professor of Religion, Religion and Philosophy Division, Seaver College

Office Hours: Available by appointment. 

Ron Cox is professor of religion at Seaver College as well as associate dean of International Programs. Dr. Cox was faculty-in-residence in Florence (2009/2010, Summer 2014), London Religion (Summer 2015), and Heidelberg (2016/2017); he was also faculty-director for summer 2019 Jordan MESP. He is excited once again to work with students and the Jordan MESP team because this program offers unique opportunities to encounter Jordanian people, culture, and history that contribute substantially to Seaver students' education and lives. 


Last Updated: 10.5.2020