HUMN1000. Honors College Symposium (1)

This course meets each semester for Honors College students to contextualize their classroom knowledge with other events, such as lectures, concerts, plays, art exhibits, occurring on campus and in the community. This course allows Honors College faculty and students to discuss these events and issues related to them, and especially to build community within the Honors College. This course is discussion-oriented with some writing; six of these symposia are to be taken out of the eight semesters one is enrolled. (Admission by selection only)

HUMN1010. Cornerstone (3)

This course is intended to help students develop a life-long passion for learning. They will explore the habits of mind of various academic disciplines and discover differing perspectives on the pursuit of knowledge as well as their commonalities and connectedness. Students will be introduced to the four University outcomes, develop skills necessary for a successful college experience, and begin collecting a portfolio to document their learning and track their personal, spiritual, and academic growth throughout their college career.

HUMN2550. Western Intellectual Traditions I (3)

The course will focus on the Western Intellectual Tradition (WIT) from the time of the Greeks to the 16th - 17th centuries. We begin with Plato and Aristotle, and continue with Augustine, Dante, Machiavelli, Cervantes, and Thomas Hobbes. We will examine critically some of the perennial questions of "the human condition," and students will be exposed to some of the foundational texts, ideas, issues, and events that comprise the WIT. Crisis and continuity in the ancient and modern eras will be scrutinized as we evaluate critically the origins and development of the WIT through a close reading of primary texts produced by some of the greatest minds of the WIT. Our purpose, however, is not to worship blindly these texts (which are timely and timeless); rather we see to subject them to critical analysis befitting the manner in which they were composed. (Admission by selection only)

HUMN2560. Western Intellectual Traditions II (3)

This course will focus primarily on the Western intellectual traditions since the sixteenth century. The seventeenth century revolutions in cosmology, science, and philosophy are characterized by a number of important themes, centered around the rise of new epistemologies, methodologies, and sources of authority. In this course, we will look at the following three principle areas of change: the demise of church authority in settling scientific and philosophical questions, the demise of Aristotelian physics, and the revolutionary potential of the new scientific and religious thought. We will examine these by looking at major thinkers and events of the period and the impact that each had on the dynamic intellectual evolution of the time. By the late nineteenth century, Modern Western thought was again in crisis, calling into question the foundations of Western political, scientific, and economic power. The course will conclude with a critical evaluation of the relationship of faith, philosophy and science in modernity.  (Admission by selection only)

HUMN4010. Capstone (1)

This course is intended to help students reflect on their undergraduate experience and plan for the future. Students will reflect on what they have learned by reviewing portfolio materials they have collected, habits of mind they have acquired through study of the disciplines, and the development of their ideas about the four University outcomes. Using the education they have acquired, they will begin planning ways to provide effective service and leadership in their families, churches, community, and work. (See CLST4010, CRIM4010, PSYC4010, SOGY4010, SPAN4010)