Classical Education Studies Course Offerings
*Courses from other departments may be necessary to fulfill a particular major/minor.
|ENG 470||The Bible as Literature (3). Pre-req.: Six hours selected from selected literature survey courses, or instructor's permission.
An examination of the literary forms, themes, and purposes of selected genres from the Old and New Testaments. Course surveys the writings in their literary, historical, and sacred contexts.
|ENG 473||Christian Masterpieces (formerly Christian Writers of the Western Tradition) (3). Pre-req.: Six hours selected from literature survey courses, or instructor's permission.
A study of major Christian works of the Western literature tradition from Augustine to T. S. Eliot.
|PHI 201||Introduction to Philosophy (3).
A critical explanation and survey of perennial questions such as (1)"Does God exist?" (2) "Is morality objective?" (3) "Do human beings have a soul?" (4) "Are human beings free?" (5) "What are the limits of knowledge?"
|PHI 225||Logic (3).
A study of the principles of correct reasoning, contrasting them with fallacious reasoning. Homework assignments enable the student to recognize arguments and to determine whether they are logical or not.
|PHI 227||Ethics (3).
A critical philosophical examination of contemporary moral issues such as abortion, euthanasia, prejudice and quality, war, capital punishment, and issues in business and medical ethics.
|PHI 275||Aesthetics (3).
A study of questions such as (1) "What is art?" (2) "What are the criteria for determining good from bad art?" (3) "What is the relationship of art to morality and truth?" (4) "Is beauty objective or in the eye of the beholder?" Consideration is given as to how this fits into a Christian world and life view.
|PHI 337||Epistemology (3).
A study of knowledge. We consider questions such as (1) "What is knowledge?" (2) "How is it attained?" (3) "What are its limits?" (4) "Are we able to have knowledge of God?" Special attention is given to the attempts of contemporary Christian thinkers to show the rationality of the Christian faith.
|HUM 301||Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities I (3).
An interdisciplinary course that studies the role of worldview during the pre-modern period to the end of the 19th century. Pertinent works from drama, literature, music, science, philosophy, and theology are studied to gain an understanding of the spirit of the age. Discussion on relevant works to see how the leading thinkers of this age answered the perennial questions of God, man, the world, and how these interrelate. The integration of this knowledge with the Christian world and life view is the ultimate aim of this course.
|HUM 401||Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities II (3).
An interdisciplinary course that studies the role of worldview during the 20th century. Pertinent works from drama, literature, music, science, philosophy, and theology are studied to gain an understanding of the spirit of the age. Discussion on relevant works to see how the leading thinkers of this age answered the perennial questions of God, man the world, and how these interrelate. The integration of this knowledge with the Christian world and life view is the ultimate aim of this course.
|ART 360||World Art (3).
A survey of the art of selected peoples and cultures throughout history from Africa, Asia, Oceania, North and South America will endeavor to identify the universals of visual language while also seeking to bring Christian discernment to a reading of distinctive styles and methods as they embody worldviews. Open to non-art majors.
|ART 361||Western Art I (3).
This study of the history of art from the Ancient Near East though the Gothic period introduces students to the touchstones of western artistic tradition, viewed from the context of Christian critical analysis. Open to non-art majors.
|ART 460||Western Art II (3).
This survey of developments in European art continues from the Renaissance and proceeds through the Romantic period, ca. 1850. In addition to formal and technical considerations, emphasis will be placed on understanding and evaluating intent and meaning in light of the Christian worldview.
|ART 461||Western Art III (3).
The focus of this course will be the last 150 years' developments in the art, primarily of Europe and America. Artifacts embody ideas, and in this period they often did so intuitively, ahead of the general assimilation of those ideas into society. Students will be introduced to the images of modernity and post-modernity as viewed from a Christian perspective in an attempt to understand the artistic context of our times.
|MUS 325||Seminar in Music Aesthetics (1).
Historical issues and perspectives in musical aesthetics will be presented. Students will be confronted with the present-day debates concerning the subject and challenged to utilize the insights afforded by a Christian Worldview.
|MUS 380-381||History of Music I-II (3-3).
A survey of music history from ancient Greek life and thought through the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods as well as post-Romantic and 20th-centu music.
|MUS 392||Popular Music from the 1930s to the present: A Cultural Mirror (3).
Popular music of the United States from the 1930s to the present will be studied from roots in early blues, jazz, and rock music into the diverse forms of contemporary popular culture, including contemporary Christian music. A music aesthetic focused with a Christian Worldview lens will explore the philosophical assumptions of popular music. Does music function as a cultural mirror?