Core Thematic Courses

THEMATIC REQUIREMENTS

At least one thematic requirement must be satisfied with an approved literature course. Courses provide significant practice in at least one of the following: writing, speech or quantitative reasoning. Most thematic courses are upper-level courses which will be taken in the sophomore year or later. Please note that some courses may have pre-requisites and that instructor or department permission may be required.

Natural World (4 credits)

Purpose: To deepen student appreciation for constructs and methods of science, explore scientific insights about the natural world, and reflect on responsibilities such knowledge requires of individuals and society.

  • BIO 222/NSM222 Environmental Science
  • BIO 225 Nutrition
  • BIO 302 Crops and Society
  • BIO 310 Ecology
  • BIO 371 Selected Topics In Environmental Science
  • CHE 201 Forensic Science
  • CPS 110 Algorithms to Machines
  • ENG 147 Science and Literature (Literature requirement)
  • HIS  378 Evolution and Society
  • KIN 112 Introduction to Human Movement
  • KIN/BIO 213 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • KIN/BIO 214 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • MAT 134 Survey of Calculus
  • MAT 141 Calculus I
  • MAT 200 Mathematical Inquiry
  • NSM 216 Geology
  • NSM 220 Human Biology
  • PHI 210 Understanding Reality
  • PHI 241 Brains, Minds, Persons
  • PHY 119 General Physics I
  • PHY 224 Astronomy
  • PSY 256 Research Methods I - beginning with course taught Fall 2012
  • PSY 475 Neuroscience Seminar

The Human Person (4 credits)

Purpose: To explore many facets of “humanness” including emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual, both from perspective of self-reflective individual and on larger level of social interaction.

  • BCM 260 Christian Formation in Cultural Contexts
  • CPS 331 Artificial Intelligence
  • EDU 225 Human Development and Learning
  • EDU 226 Adolescent Development and Learning
  • ENG 141 Western Literature
  • ENG 143 Women's Literature
  • HIS 321 American Thought and Society
  • KIN 112 Introduction to Human Movement
  • KIN/BIO 213 Anatomy and Physiology I (Gordon course only)
  • LIN 200 Introduction to Linguistics
  • NON 310 Foundations of Work/Vocation (with NON312)*
  • NON 312 Vocation: Discernment, Decision-Making (with NON310)*
  • NSM 220 Human Biology, Health and Disease
  • PHI 220 Philosophy of Religion
  • PHI 238 Philosophy and Literature
  • PHI 240 Philosophy of Women: Women's Knowing, Doing, Being
  • PHI 325 Eastern Philosophy & Religion
  • PHI 473 Gender Today
  • PSY 220 Person in Psychological Context
  • PSY 244 Developmental Psychology
  • SOC 106 Intro Sociology: Response to Death
  • SOC 308 Sociology of Literature (Literature requirement)

*Note: The Elijah Project (NON310 and NON312) may count for The Human Person AND Civic Responsibility AS LONG AS both courses are completed. Neither course applies individually.

Aesthetic Sensibilities and Practices (4 credits)

Purpose: To enhance understanding, practice and critique of creative expression through study of relationships between meaning, style, experience, and emotional and rational responses.

  • ART 150 Art History I: Cave Art to Medieval
  • ART 151 Art History II: Renaissance to Modern
  • ART 152 Amer Art Hist Cultural Encounter
  • ART 410 Modern Art Seminar
  • BUS 215 Arts in the City
  • COM 356 Media Criticism
  • COM 358 Film & TV Genres
  • EDU 232 Adolescent Literature (Literature requirement)
  • ENG 146 Aesthetic Aspects of Literature (Literature requirement)
  • ENG 220 The Art of Biblical Literature (Literature requirement)
  • FNA 112 Arts in Concert
  • MUS 241 A Survey of Musical Masterworks
  • MUS 337 Music in Worship
  • ORV 270 Disegno/Drawing at Orvieto
  • PHI 234 Aesthetics
  • SPN 372 Spanish Literature
  • THT 234 Introduction to Theatre
  • THT 291 International Seminar: Studies on British Stage

Civic Responsibility (4 credits)

Purpose: To explore within Christian framework our individual and communal citizen responsibilities to do justice and love mercy in local communities, on national level, and in the wider world.

  • BCM 253 Leadership Theories and Practice
  • BIO/NSM 222 Environmental Science (Gordon course only)
  • BIO 304 Conservation Biology
  • BOS 301 Seminar in Urban Systems
  • CHE 201 Forensic Science
  • COM 152 Media & Society (Beginning May 2012; not retroactive; renumbered from COM252)
  • CPS 403 Computers and Society
  • ECB 201 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECB 349 Leadership in and of Organizations
  • EDU 118 Schools and Society
  • EDU 366 Contexts of the Urban School (through spring term 2011-12)
  • ENG 148 Literature and Human Rights (Literature requirement)
  • MAT 271 Mathematics of Voting and Choice
  • NON 310 Foundations of Work/Vocation (with NON312)*
  • NON 312 Vocation: Discernment, Decision-Making (with NON310)*
  • PHI 233 Environmental Ethics
  • POL 104 American National Politics
  • POL 312 Justice
  • POL 322 American Political Thought
  • SOC/SWK 250 Peacemaking: Personal, Social, Global
  • SWK 201 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare

*Note: The Elijah Project (NON310 and NON312) may count for Civic Responsibility AND The Human Person AS LONG AS both courses are completed. Neither course applies individually.

Global Understanding (4 credits)

Purpose: To promote responsible living in modern world, enhance understanding of cultural differences, communicate across cultural boundaries, and work for peace and justice among people and nations.

Gordon Courses: 

  • BCM 215 Foundations for Global Christianity
  • BCM 216 Contemporary Developments in World Missions
  • COM 248 Intercultural Communication
  • EDU 366 Contexts of the Urban School (beginning fall term 2012-13)
  • ENG 145 Nobel Literature (Literature requirement) 
  • FRE 493/494 Seminar in African Studies
  • HIS 240 Christianity and the Modern World
  • HIS 341 Eastern Europe, Byzantium, and the Caucasus
  • HIS 344 Medieval Islam & Middle East
  • PHI 325 Eastern Philosophy & Religion
  • POL 210 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POL 219 Politics of Developing World

Off-Campus Programs and some International Seminars when combined with

  • COR 210 New Perspectives: Global Understanding I (pre-departure) and
  • COR 211 New Perspectives: Global Understanding II (post-trip)

Please see the Global Education Office for appropriate programs and seminars.

Literature Requirement (Fulfills one of the themes above)

  • EDU 232 Adolescent Literature (Aesthetic Sensibilities)
  • ENG 141 Western Literature (Human Person)
  • ENG 143 Women's Literature (Human Person)
  • ENG 145 Nobel Literature (Global Understanding)
  • ENG 146 Aesthetic Aspects of Literature (Aesthetic Sensibilities)
  • ENG 147 Science and Literature (Natural World)
  • ENG 148 Literature and Human Rights (Civic Responsibility)
  • ENG 220 The Art of Biblical Literature (Aesthetic Sensibilities)
  • JAF 301/302 Jerusalem & Athens Forum (does not  fulfill a theme; both semesters must be completed)
  • SOC 308 Sociology of Literature (Human Person)