Gap Year Courses
The faculty and staff deliver a curriculum designed to develop a life wisely fixed on the Triune God. The courses are highly discussion-oriented, combining clear and concise lectures with significant professor-student interaction. Each class will quicken the student’s thinking and clarify communication.
Through this method of teaching, students learn to take words seriously, whether thought or spoken. They learn how to defend their position, while also gaining humility. Our alumni often say that Summit’s gap year program taught them how much they didn’t know. The sooner a student learns that, the better. Summit’s gap year program is academically rigorous and personally transformational. It enhances and inspires university studies and clarifies direction. Students find time and space to read and reflect while receiving personal attention from staff and faculty. Outside of class, staff-led small groups deepen understanding of core Christian teachings and expand their relationship with our Father. Classwork includes reading, writing, tests, and quizzes. Students use afternoon hours to study or take part in scheduled work crews and exercise.
Snow Wolf Lodge is not equipped with internet or television, and cell phone reception is limited, a fact for which our students quickly become grateful because limiting our use of these technologies serves to build community.
Bib 115: Bible Biblical Foundations – Dr. Ken Turner & Mr. Eric Smith
No other book in human history has been more influential in determining the direction of persons and cultures than the Christian Bible. What is this book and why is it so significant? This course will explore the Bible, and its role in shaping a particularly Christian worldview by examining concepts of authority and revelation, the Bible as a revelation, the metanarrative or the “Big Story” that the Bible provides of life and the world, the flow and the general content of the Bible, the Biblical foundations of the various disciplines, and principles for Bible study and application.
CT 110: History of Christian Thought – Dr. Daniel Spanjer
In this course, we wrestle through the most significant theological debates as they arose historically in the Church. Students examine their own beliefs on such topics as Jesus’ humanity and divinity, the inspiration of scripture, the Trinity, and ecclesiology. In the process, we study Church history from its Jewish background through the Reformation and beyond.
ENG 115: English Literature – Dr. Williams
This course is a platform for asking and answering the deepest and most important questions about life, death, love, and the human being. To aid us in our quest for truth we read and discuss some of the great works of verbal art in the English language starting with Beowulf and Sir Gawain, then to others including works by Chaucer, Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Pope, Wordsworth, Hopkins and others.
CT 114: Christian Apologetics
This is an introductory course in philosophy and Christian apologetics which will introduce and examine issues of faith and reason and their impact on beliefs about man and God. How do we know anything at all? What is Truth? What is the relationship between science and faith? Different ways to defend beliefs from a Christian perspective will be examined and some cultural analysis and its impact on beliefs will be included.
SGS 110: Christianity and Politics – Travis Ricketts
This course surveys the confluence of Christianity and politics. Its aim is to help students gain their bearings in order to more effectively be “salt and light” in vocation, ministry, and citizenship. The professor always attempts to communicate that ideas have consequences, and for the Christian, ideology while extremely important, should remain subservient to Scripture.
Phil 111: Worldview Survey
This course is an exploration of the assumptions of contemporary approaches to issues in society. Includes the study of New Age, Marxism, Naturalism, and Theism. The objectives of this course include: Students will be able to articulate a factual foundation for their chosen worldview and understand several influential worldviews. The class is team-taught by professors with expertise in the following areas of theology, philosophy, ethics, science, psychology, sociology, political science, history, economics, and law.
CM 122: Principles of Evangelism
Provides a study of the biblical basis for evangelism and a survey of the modern expressions of evangelistic practice in the church for the purpose of beginning the development of a personal plan of evangelism. Students will also examine the beliefs of other major religious groups, especially Mormonism. Students will spend one week on an intensive theological/evangelistic mission trip to Salt Lake City.
Students will partake in a one week intensive work experience in an occupational field of their choice during the second week of the program. The student will have regular opportunities to continue in this occupational at regular intervals for the remainder of the program. Students will also be provided with a mentor in this field of work/study for the purposes of coaching, oversight, and instruction.
Philosophy, Ethics – Dr. Hartenburg, Dr. Anderson
One week of the program, we focus on the discipline of Philosophy under the guidance of Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Dr. Gary Hartenburg. We think biblically about epistemology, metaphysics, and how these truths should apply to everyday physical life, what we do with our bodies, and how we treat others.
Art, Theology & the Church – M. Almon, Dr. Anderson, Dr. Gould
Art is prolific and powerful, and often a source of confusion if not disgust for Christians. Students learn to define art and beauty while becoming conversant with the ways by which art, both visual and performing, can be judged good or bad. Several of our faculty members will dedicate time to touch on this important subject.
Cultural Apologetics – M. Almon, T. Almon, Dr. Gould
Throughout the program specific class time will be devoted to particular apologetic topics that arise from group interest or current social issues and events. Students will be trained to think clearly about the issues with an emphasis on how to properly engage our culture with truth and love.
Leadership – D. Jizmejian, Dr. Myers
At least one week of the program will be dedicated to Biblical leadership. The students will survey various leadership styles and evaluate them against a Christian worldview. The class will discuss what it means to lead out of the identity and position God has graced them with and be given practical steps and advice on how to be cultural influencers for the sake of the Kingdom as they leave the program and re-engage the world as the Lord’s agents of transformation.
Summit’s gap year program is pleased to offer students the option of receiving college credits each year through Bryan College. The additional cost is $300/course and is in addition to the tuition. Bryan is an accredited school, however, as with any transfer of credits, students should check with their own institutions as to how the courses may transfer with another school. www.bryan.edu
The cost of this 12-week program is $11,695. This covers all classes, food, and lodging. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance to secure a spot and will be applied to the total balance. This total cost does not include the fee for college credit (see below).
Financial assistance is available. Please note: Due to IRS regulations and institutional eligibility requirements, Summit Semester is not able to provide 1098-T Tuition Statements for any tuition or fees paid.
Additional expenses include:
- $30 non-refundable application fee
- Travel to and from Snow Wolf Lodge
- Incidentals ($400 is plenty if used wisely, and usually this will allow for a ski trip at the end of the semester).
Please complete the Summit Semester Application to begin the application process. Once we receive the application we will be in communication for the remainder of the process.