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Where: Rome, Vatican, Venice, Athens, & Corinth

When: July 9-19, 2018 (dates may shift 1-day in either direction due to travel requirements)

Why: We want to bring students and life-long learners to places around the world with historical, cultural, and biblical significance.

What: This once in a lifetime trip includes professional guided tours, quality food and hotels, and of course life-changing sightseeing opportunities. Trinity College is also offering a 3-credit course included in the cost of the trip – “Early Foundations in Christian History: Paul’s Journeys.” Everyone will enjoy the class taught by Dr. Eric Bargerhuff and Dr. Joe Allotta, and students wishing actually to take the course for credit will have work to complete outside of the trip.

We fly out of Tampa, Florida to begin our journey. Our first few days are spent in Rome, Italy visiting the Coliseum, the Ancient Roman ruins, and other amazing sites. We will also spend an entire day visiting St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican, and its museum which features some of the world’s most beautiful artwork including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Then we will travel up to Venice to see one of the most unique cities in the word. The conclusion of our trip comes in Athens, Greece where we will see nearly 2,500-year-old ruins in the ancient city. This is the site of Mars Hill where Paul preached his famous sermon overlooking these same temples and acropolis that have been preserved to this day. We will even venture to the city of Corinth where columns, aqueducts, and the bema seat persist to this day.

This all-inclusive trip is $3,500 per traveler.

The non-refundable $100 deposit secures your spot

Then a minimum of $1,700 must be in by 4/6/18

The remaining balance of $1,700 is due by 6/22/18

Who: Anyone at least 16 years old at the time of the trip is welcome to come. There may be some registration requirements for those not presently a student at Trinity College of Florida and who wish to take this course for college credits. We, of course, welcome parents, spouses, and other family members. Rooming requests will be accommodated. Alumni and other friends of the college of any age are also encouraged to take part in this must-experience trip.

With any trip specific questions contact Dr. Joe Allotta jallotta@trinitycollege.edu

With any questions about the requirements for the Honors Program at Trinity College contact Dr. Eric Bargerhuff eric.bargerhuff@trinitycollege.edu

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The Honors Program at Trinity College of Florida is a three-year program. It is designed to provide each participant with an opportunity to achieve academic excellence at the highest level in his or her respective field of study as well as to excel in advanced learning by taking courses that will further develop a Biblical worldview.

Program Content:

Classes: Each program candidate will take a variety of six honor classes during the course of their Sophomore-Senior years at Trinity College of Florida, where one course option can be a one/two-week intensive class taken here at Trinity College, somewhere in the United States, or abroad. Trinity Honors Program classes include:

A.  Readings in Christian Thought/Theology 1  (Classical Period)

B.   Reading in Christian Thought/Theology 2    (Modern Day Period)

C.   Darwinism, Intelligent Design, and the Rhetoric of Science

D.  Contemporary Issues in Ethics and Theology

E.   C. S. Lewis - Apostle to the Skeptic

G.  Western Civilization - Great Books

Note: a student can take each course in the summer which will count towards the total of six courses.

Summer Honors Seminar: During the course of the program, each Honors student will be required to attend and complete the curriculum in one of the summer seminars (one or two weeks long) offered every summer at Trinity College of Florida, somewhere in the United States, or abroad (Summer 2015 seminar was held in Cambridge/Oxford, England, Summer 2017 Summer Seminar was on the East Coast – Yale, Princeton, New York City, Philadelphia, and Summer 2018 was held in Italy and Greece).

Summer Honors Reading:A total of two to three books will be read each summer in the Honors Program under the umbrella of “Great Books of Western Civilization” or “Classics of the Christian Faith.”

Senior Research Project: Each senior student at Trinity College of Florida is required to complete a senior research project that demonstrates research in his or her chosen field. Participants in the Honors Program will successfully complete their research and may be given additional “honors level” requirements added to their project that will set their project apart in keeping with the high expectations of being in the Honors Program.

Benefits of Honors Program: Study abroad; tangible recognition on resume; recognition at commencement; diploma, transcript; reception in late April before graduation; medallion at graduation. Advanced standing and better admission into many Masters programs.

How to Enter Program:

Qualifications: The Honors Program will be a three-year program where application for admission into the program will take place during one’s freshman year of college.

A.  Minimum score requirement of (29 on ACT)/1290 on SAT) and 3.5 GPA upon graduation from high school OR a GPA of at least 3.6 obtained during the first semester at Trinity College of Florida.

B.   Interview by Honors Program Director.

C.   Complete online application through the Trinity College website.

D.  All applicants must take and pass a 1-hour orientation course in the Spring of their freshman year in order to advance to candidacy in the program.

For inquiries or more information on the Honors Program, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Eric J. Bargerhuff at eric.bargerhuff@trinitycollege.edu. 


Class Overview:

1)      Current Honors Courses Schedule:

            Every Spring    Darwinism, Intelligent Design, and the Rhetoric of Science

            Spring 2018     C.S. Lewis – Apostle to the Skeptic

            Fall 2018         Contemporary Issues in Theology and Ethics

            Spring 2019     Readings in Christian Thought/Theology (Modern Period)

            Fall 2019         Readings in Christian Thought/Theology (Classical Period)

            Spring 2020     Western Civilization – Great Books

2)      Summer 2015 Trip – England (Cambridge/Oxford/London – C.S. Lewis)

3)      Summer 2017 Trip – East Coast (Yale, Princeton, NYC, Philadelphia – Early Christian Revivals on College Campuses)

4)      Summer 2018 Trip – Greece (Athens, Corinth), Italy (Venice, Rome) – Early Travels of Paul in Christianity

5)      Summer 2019 Trip - Israel


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I am so excited for this opportunity to take students from Trinity College on a trip to Italy and Greece this summer. I look forward to not only the experience but for the ministry that can take place in the students lives when taken out of their normal routine and thrust into a new one. They will undoubtedly confront their own beliefs and begin building or deepening their faith then and there. Thank-you for any support you might give to help me on this venture. God bless.
-Amanda Allotta

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I am ecstatic for the opportunity to visit Italy and Greece. I have been a lifelong fan of Greco-Roman culture, and now as a student of the Bible, I am floored at the chance to walk in the footsteps of Paul. I believe that this trip will be a once in a lifetime learning opportunity. Traveling to sites that hold such historical value to our Christian faith is a chance for me to practice faithful stewardship of the gift God has given me in Biblical Higher Education. Although the trip comes at a large financial cost, the educational and spiritual gains will make it worth every penny. This will be an experience that I will carry with me through the rest of my life, and into my future ministry. I can not begin to fathom how amazing this trip is going to be. I would love for you to partner with me in prayer — and if you feel so inclined — financially. This is a chance to participate in my education, ministry, and be an answer to my prayers for God’s provision.
-Timothy Jones-Barton

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The Lord brought me to life when I was fifteen years old. My favorite thing to do is study theological books and marvel at the beauty of the Scriptures. I have been serving in student ministry for three years, teaching high schoolers about the all-satisfying Person of Jesus and the all-encompassing beauty of theology. As a Bible and history nerd, I immediately prayed about it for a few weeks. I put my deposit in, and now I am currently raising support to go. History stirs my affections for Jesus, and while the manifest presence of the Lord is not confined to a specific location, I am a part of the story which these historical sites proclaim. I believe wholeheartedly that this trip will grow my knowledge, faith, and passion for Christ and his living word.
-William Cronin

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I believe one of the most beautiful things about the Word of God is that it is living. The reading of scripture penetrates hearts and speaks to souls. Paul's story of redemption has been such a big part of my spiritual life. It is amazing to see how God can change a heart and then use a broken individual in such important ways. This trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. I am so thrilled to have the chance to travel to places where Paul taught and the early church started. I have always had a desire to travel and embrace new cultures and experience new things. Attending Trinity College of Florida has fed that passion even more as I learn more and more in-depth about Biblical history. Having this opportunity to learn more about the early church while seeing the very place that the gospel just exploded from is one I am immensely grateful for. Going on this trip will help me fulfill my requirements to graduate with honors and pursue higher education in graduate school.
-Elizabeth Giordano

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Words cannot express how excited I am for this trip! After studying Classics at USF, which is specifically Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece, and transferring to Trinity to become an Advanced Theological Studies major it has been in my heart to travel there and see all my studies come to life. I never would’ve dreamed I’d have the opportunity to go with two of my professors as well as classmates, especially to follow the life of Paul through his journeys watching Scripture come to life through archaeology and culture. I’m eager to see how God will use this trip in all our lives.
-Hana Mower

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Trusting Jesus as my Lord and Savior, just a few years ago, was the start of a new life for me. I am so grateful for the Quest program at Trinity College and for how it is developing my relationship with Jesus. This journey has just begun and like all things with Christ, he is working all things together for HIS good. I have always loved to travel. The opportunity to explore Italy and Greece through the Honors Program is going to be a huge blessing for me. I am so excited to see places that are part of the early church and that have made an impact on our Christian foundation. Please pray with me for this trip to be a time of growth and development in HIS glory.
-Stephanie Schiumo

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Friends and family, I have been given an opportunity of a life time. As you know I am very active with my college (Trinity College of Florida) and I am constantly on the move, whether it be missions, evangelizing, preaching, or anything else God lays before us. Now Trinity college is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend a little over a week studying in Italy and Greece. We will be traveling along Pauls’ missionary route and going in depth in study and history of the origins of the first Christian church. As you know traveling is never cheap and at times can be dangerous. I am asking for your prayers this summer and support while I further my education and push towards my graduation of summer 2019. (SO CLOSE!) Now the cost for my class and trip this summer will not be covered so I must raise $3100.00. The good news is I have already raised a third of the cost and I am only $2000.00 away from my goal.
-Steven Cardenas

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This opportunity means so much to me for many reasons. I have an opportunity to travel out the country to two of the worlds most amazing countries. I desire to go on this honors trip not only because of the idea of seeing some of the worlds most amazing sites but also the opportunity to travel the Apostle Paul's route through Europe, see the locations of his most well known sermons and even the possibility of his imprisonment. To not only learn but be apart of the identity and significance of these places is an exciting thought and I pray I will be able to experience it to the fullest. To learn and experience it at the same moment; what a Dream!
-Eliseo Sanchez

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