Catalogue: Traditional Program: Worldvew Curriculum

Worldview Curriculum (WVC)

Professor Ford, Dean of Worldview Studies

The worldview curriculum, required of all entering freshmen, offers an integrated study of the great movements and ideas in history, literature, the fine arts, Bible, philosophy, and theology.

116 MOSAIC (1).
MOSAIC explores different topics and experiences as they relate to life in college. Students will develop a proper understanding of the role college plays in their life as well as how a Christian worldview will impact not only their studies, but their perspective on life and careers as well. Topics that will be covered include academic management, career planning, financial planning, campus life, and a discussion of worldviews. (Fall only)
118 Learning By Design (1) Pre-req.: WVC 116 & end of semester GPA requirement (less than 2.0)
This course would introduce students to concepts and applications designed to formulate effective learning strategies. Topics include basic learning principles, problem-solving principles (defining problems, need-finding, brainstorming, ideating, prototyping solutions, and implementing new strategies), collaboration, making thinking visible, individual motivation and cognitive processes. Experiential activities, various technological resources, alternative learning spaces, and classroom collaboration will provide opportunities for practice and development of students' personal understanding of learning and solution-oriented processes. (Fall & Spring)
120 History and Ideas I (3).
This course traces the origins of civilizations and the importance of worldview in their development through the early Middle Ages. Attention is given to understanding what worldviews are and how they work in general, paying particular attention to the Christian worldview. (Fall only)
121 Literature and Art I (3).
This survey of exemplary works of literature and art from the ancient world through the early Middle Ages explores the worldview, function, and meaning of these works from a Christian perspective as well as the interrelationship of subject matter and style. (Fall only)
122 History and Ideas II (3).
Continuing the study of civilization, this course traces its development from the High Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. Special attention is given to what is meant by "thinking Christianly" about the world and what this means for how we ought to live. (Spring only)
123 Literature and Art II (3).
The study of literature and art from a Christian worldview continues with a survey of texts and artifacts from the high Middle Ages to the 18th century. (Spring only)
220 History and Ideas III (3).
Beginning with the Enlightenment, this course takes the study of civilization up to the First World War. Special attention is given to the growth of Science and the Positivistic Worldview. (Fall only)
221 Literature and Art III (3).
Using representative texts and artifacts from the mid-18th to the turn of the 20th century, this course examines literary and artistic responses to modernity and humanism through the lens of a Christian worldview. (Fall only)
222 History and Ideas IV (3).
This course takes the study of Christian worldview and the history of civilization up to contemporary history and postmodernism. (Spring only)
223 Literature and Art IV (3).
Completing the study of literature and art from a Christian worldview, this course focuses on cultural expressions of modernity and post-modernity from the early 20th century to the present. (Spring only)
301 Christian Interpretation of Life (3).
This course is a study of the Christian world- and life-view, contrasting Christianity with the worldviews of modernity and post-modernity. This Worldview Curriculum is designed to make the understanding and articulation of worldview (an overarching explanation of life or the perspective from which one interprets the world) a major goal of its educational program. As such, this class will seek to clarify and deepen each student's understanding of the general concept of worldview, providing a framework from which the student can construct and articulate his or her own worldview. (Fall and spring)
401 Kingdom Life: Family and Workplace (3). Prereq: WVC 301/Worldview sequence (only to be taken in semester immediately prior to graduation.
A practical application of the biblical vision of the Kingdom of God, especially as related to family and workplace. (Fall and spring)

Worldview Curriculum Schedule Sequence:


Freshman, Fall Semester WVC120 History and Ideas I 3
WVC121 Art and Literature I 3
Freshman, Spring Semester WVC122 History and Ideas II 3
WVC123 Art and Literature II 3
Sophomore, Fall Semester WVC 220 History and Ideas III 3
WVC 221 Literature and Art III 3
Sophomore, Spring Semester WVC 222 History and Ideas IV 3
WVC 221 Literature and Art IV 3
Senior Year WVC 401 Kingdom Life; Family and Workplace 3