GEN 460 - Faith in the World Seminar
This seminar explores what it means to think and live faithfully in our world by undertaking an in-depth study of an important issue. Each class will engage with the richness and complexity of its subject by considering diverse viewpoints and multiple academic disciplines and exploring their interconnections. Each class will also be challenged with some of the best Christian thinking about the issue. The class will maintain an atmosphere of open inquiry and discovery, and provide occasion for each student to reflect on God’s call on his/her life.
The General Education (GE) curriculum requires a capstone course (GEN 460) for all students. This course should be taken after all other GE courses are completed. The courses are offered primarily during the fall and spring semesters. All seniors and those juniors who have completed their General Education requirements are eligible to register for a section of GEN 460. If a student does not meet these criteria and has significant extenuating circumstances requiring registration, s/he must contact the Director of General Education to request permission to register for a section of GEN 460. This is accomplished by contacting the Director of GE.
Students are offered a variety of GEN 460 course sections each semester. Sections are taught by seasoned faculty and examine the world through a variety of intellectual lenses. Courses are rigorous, reading plentiful, and papers are required. Students are encouraged to examine a variety of ideas presented within the section from several intellectual traditions and further asked to examine their faith beliefs in light of the section topic.
Prerequisite(s): Senior standing; or junior standing and completion of all other general education requirements.
Offered each semester.
Examples of GEN 460 topics:
Christianity and Psychology
Democracy and Terrorism
Diversity: About Loving our Differences
God, Globalization, and Christian Worship
History of the American Dream in Film
Lessons from the Holocaust
Living Well in a Car Culture
Love, Sex, and Marriage
Our Christmas Holiday: Origins, History, Purpose, and Practice
Science and Religion
The Spirituality and Ethics of Food and Eating
Understanding and Responding to Loss
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