Undergraduate Education

Unexpected Connections: Physical Science & Letters

Unexpected Connections: Physical Science & Letters
The class, team-taught by professors from different disciplines, explores unities between the physical sciences, literature, and philosophy. Through reading, writing, and conversation, students gain understanding and skills to engage in real-life questions. Topics are announced in the class schedule. Honors only.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesHONRS 120 & WRTG 150; or ELang 150
 TaughtFall, Winter
Course Outcomes: 

Interdisciplinary Approach

Recognize and understand the assumptions, methodologies and practices of two distinct disciplines.

Making Connections

Apply different disciplinary perspectives to examine issues, problems, and questions in order to discover connections.

Communication Skills

Clearly express concepts, ideas and conclusions through written, visual, oral, or other forms of communication.

GE Physical Sciences Outcomes

Students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic scientific principles which undergird the scientific process, including the strengths and weaknesses of this process. 2. Appreciate the excitement of discovery that has accompanied important scientific developments. 3. Demonstrate how scientific methodology can be used to analyze real-world science-related problems. 4. Evaluate scientific data and claims in order to make rational decisions on public-policy science issues that affect their community. 5. Express their thoughts (in oral, graphical, and written formats) on scientific topics clearly, including appropriate use of basic scientific vocabulary and effective interpretation of quantitative data. 6. Reflect rationally upon the interface between science and religion.

GE Letters Outcomes

Students will 1. Demonstrate skills in critical reading as they analyze primary historical, philosophical, theological, or literary texts as artifacts worthy of study in themselves. 2. Demonstrate they can interpret and appreciate texts in their contexts, understanding a writer's cultural background, purpose, audience, and rhetorical strategies. 3. Show they can evaluate texts for their power to shape culture and their spiritual insight