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Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR)

The first Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) interns went overseas in the spring of 1977, and the Program has since become known as a unique educational opportunity and a life-changing experience for students. One Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) intern described it as a "transforming process--not just practical learning, but the kind that broadens your mind, humbles your spirit, and enriches your vision for the future." More than 750 students have participated since.


The Majority World (often referred to as the Third World or the Global South), comprising substantial portions of Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, is a region facing monumental challenges, including ecological vulnerability, poverty, hunger, conflict, injustice, and persistent health concerns. At the same time these regions are endowed with substantial human and natural resources that are their hope and future. Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) is a certificate program available to students in which they explore the issues of human needs and global resources through a combination of academic study, interactive seminars, and a core study/service internship in the Majority World.

Multi-disciplinary classroom study on campus is augmented by six-month off-campus field internships in the Majority World with church, parachurch, or international organizations involved in holistic transformational development. Past internships have included, but are not limited to, projects in: agriculture, community development, environment, gender, health and nutrition, HIV/AIDS, microfinance, and social justice. Each internship includes supervised study and service related to specific development projects, and enables students to learn about culture and appropriate development responses within specific cultural contexts. Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) aims to promote student commitments to formulating Christian responses in their lifestyles and vocational choices, to the issues facing the globe and its peoples.

Students from any major may take selected HNGR courses, including Third World Issues, without obligation to complete the HNGR Certificate. Students who wish to earn the Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) Certificate must submit a formal application (usually in the fall semester of their sophomore year), be accepted to do the six-month off-campus internship, and complete the internship and all course work. For additional information and further details about the program are available by visiting the Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) Office in Schell Hall and Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) Program.

Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) graduates are especially well prepared to work in the Majority World and domestically with development, government, and international organizations, missions, and other international agencies, as well as to pursue graduate studies in a variety of fields such as business, education, science and health professions, theology, social sciences, and law.

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