COR 107 or COR 108/109: The Great Conversation—Foundations in Thinking, Reading, and Writing
“What is the good life?”: though a question relevant to all, it is especially pertinent to students as they begin their college experience, decide on a vocation, and strive to integrate their faith into their studies and into their lives. In order to guide first year students in addressing this question, the small seminar style class The Great Conversation—Foundations in Thinking, Reading, and Writing acts as a guide to Gordon students as they enter the “great conversation” that constitutes the Christian liberal arts tradition.
Throughout The Great Conversation, particular focus is placed on introducing students to the basic principles of college writing: through the process of writing, revising, and receiving feedback on several essays, students are instructed in a variety of writing genres and will learn to contextualize their own work within a greater literary and scholarly tradition. While seeking to better engage with this tradition, students will also be expected to read a selection of essays, novels, and short stories, and to attend several film showings.
The Great Conversation offers service-learning sections, in which students volunteer in local communities.
TGC Honors Course
The Great Conversation Honors Seminar (COR 109/109) extends four credits over two semesters, allowing for more in-depth conversation at a pace compatible with almost every academic major. All sections of TGC-Honors are service-learning sections.
TGC Peer Mentors
TGC Peer Mentors provide academic support and model student leadership. By offering assistance with writing, aiding students in the transition into college life, and providing a sounding board for students, Peer Mentors are role models both in and out of the classroom.
For more information, contact Casey Smedberg casey.smedberggordon.edu