Interdisciplinary Seminars and Travel Study Opportunities

Honors seminars provide the opportunity for personal interaction in classes limited to 20 students. The program offers four different seminars each year. Seminars are two credit hours and are typically taken during the sophomore and junior years. Professors develop these courses specifically for honors students as an opportunity to study a topic in more depth than most classes allow.

Aesthetics

An introduction to the study of art, beauty, and other aesthetic values through an exploration of classical and contemporary theorists, critics, and artists.

Body and Soul: Foundations for Human Personhood

An interdisciplinary study of human valuing from the perspectives of theology, philosophy, psychology, biology, and neuroscience.

Chance, Emergence, or Design

The origin of complexity and order in the universe is studied from three different perspectives: Neo-Darwinism, Emergence, and Creation.

Contemporary Global Issues

An introduction to and critical assessment of global-planetary problems, the global economy, environmental issues, human rights, and basic human needs.

Creativity: The Birth of a Notion

An examination of creativity as one of the distinguishing marks of God's image in humans and as an essential component of all artistic expression.

Culture and Health

An analysis of situations in which cross-cultural dilemmas emerge from the interaction of culture and health; models for resolution are created.

Gender, Politics, and Communication

An investigation of the place of women in American society since 1860, the expectations placed on them, and the influences they have had upon society.

Image and Word in a Visula Culture

Inquiry into the tension between image and word in Jewish and Christian thought and the implications for Christians living in a visual culture.

Perspectives on Friendship, Love, and Romance

An exploration of friendship, love, and romance from historical, theological, and philosophical perspectives.

Postmodernism

An interdisciplinary analysis, critique, and response to postmodern ideas as they are reflected in aspects of contemporary culture such as architecture, art, education, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, and science.

Reading and Writing the Literature of the Natural Environment

A study in both the reading and the writing of the literature surrounding "environmentalism."

The Rhetoric of Faith in the Christian Tradition

A study of significant examples of confessions, creeds, and prayers in Christian history, analyzing their rhetorical structures and devotional purposes.

Romanticism and Its Offspring

A study of the development of poetry and music from 1800 to our present postmodern pop culture in light of the larger philosophical developments of the last two centuries.

Science and Religion: Middle Ages to Darwin

A seminar centering on major primary sources in the history of science, exploring the historical relationship of science and religion, particularly Christian theology, from the late Middle Ages to the Darwinian Revolution.


Travel Study Opportunities