Name: Ethan Ransom
Major: Electronic Media
Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
"The honors program gave me the opportunity to discuss the deeper side of life. I greatly appreciated The Making of the Modern Mind, the first-year honors course. The knowledge I gained concerning the history of the church, philosophy, and the humanities broadened and deepened my perspective on life. The subsequent honors seminars and senior colloquium were incredibly informative as well as a lot of fun. I'm profoundly grateful for the honors program's contribution to my intellectual and spiritual life."
This sequence of courses traces the development of philosophy and the arts within an historical narrative of the development of Western civilization. While the course sequence as a whole is organized chronologically, the curriculum is structured by means of thematic emphases, such as order and chaos in the ancient world, or faith and reason in the Middle Ages.
Within each thematic unit, the members of the teaching team explore its central theme from the perspective of their unique disciplines. As a student, you will develop an integrated, interdisciplinary understanding of each time period and its core issues.
As you consider themes organized by political and economic structures, philosophical theories, religious practices and theology, and artistic creations, you will be equipped to interact knowledgeably, and from a distinctly Christian worldview, with diverse aspects of our 21st-century culture.