The humanities core grants students of all majors an enriched perspective on the good life and a deeper desire to know the God who reigns at the heart of it. By exploring Scripture and multiple facets of civilization and culture, you will gain a well-rounded understanding of the world and your place in it.
As you prepare for your vocation, the humanities core will cultivate empathy, sharpen your critical thinking, writing and communication skills, and inspire a deep-rooted appreciation for the dignity of all people. Regardless of your major, the following five courses are woven into your academic schedule throughout your time on campus:
A study of Christian revelation and how it influenced the course of Western civilization. The course focuses on key texts that are foundational for theology, cosmology, epistemology, human nature, society, and ethics. Old Testament and New Testament may be taken together as a substitute for HUMA 102.
An exploration of the intellectual, cultural, political, and religious foundations of Western civilization from the ancient Greeks to the modern world with special emphasis on great thinkers, crucial events, and significant ideas.
A survey of great works of literature that represent the major periods in the history of Western civilization. The course explores the nature of God and humanity, the nature of good and evil, the meaning of moral choice, the purpose of life, and the meaning of salvation.
An in-depth introduction to outstanding works of visual art and music that represent the major periods in the history of Western civilization. The course examines the nature of God, the ways in which people have expressed their understanding of God’s nature in the arts, how people have seen themselves throughout Western history, and the purpose of life.
An examination of the theological and philosophical underpinnings of Christianity, historical and contemporary challenges to Christianity, resources for developing Christian responses to these challenges, and the enduring relevance of the Christian vision of the good life to contemporary life, including vocation.