Undergraduate Education

Unexpected Connections: Social Science & Letters

Unexpected Connections: Social Science & Letters
The class, team-taught by professors from different disciplines, explores unities between the social 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 Social Sciences Outcomes

1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge and skills in the methods of investigating, expressing, and evaluating concepts in the social sciences and the study of the Arts. 2. Apply sound and original thinking to address issues and problems in the world today. In so doing, demonstrate a mature understanding of the different roles that the social sciences and the arts play both in how we conceptualize and contextualize these issues and problems, and also in how we might deepen our understanding of and devise possible solutions for them. 3. Communicate effectively with diverse audiences on current issues and problems we face. 4. Model the disposition and character of an educated and faithful person. That is: 1. Take seriously both the course topic and your own responsibility to work towards solutions to current issues and problems. 2. Demonstrate the ability and the humility to learn from and collaborate productively with others who have backgrounds, views, or expertise different from your own. 3. Articulate thoughtfully how your spiritual faith influences your understanding of and response to questions relevant to biology, literature, and philosophy. 4. Examine and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your own ideas and arguments, as well as those of others, withholding final judgment until sufficient information has been gathered and relevant implications considered. Be able to recognize when that point has been reached.

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