Honors (HNRS) Courses

HNRS 150 Origins: Athens and Jerusalem
6 hours. Class explores some of the greatest and/or most influential works from the ancient Western world. Biblical texts are engaged at multiple levels – historically, meditatively, allegorically and for spiritual transformation. Additional course fee required.

HNRS 190 Rome Through Early Church
6 hours. Class explores some of the greatest and/or most influential works from Rome and the early church. Biblical texts are engaged at multiple levels – historically, meditatively, allegorically and for spiritual transformation.

HNRS 250 Medieval Western Civilization
6 hours. Course explores some of the greatest and/or most influential works from early medieval Western civilization. Biblical texts are engaged at multiple levels – historically, meditatively, allegorically and for spiritual transformation.

HNRS 290 Late Medieval and Early Modern Western Civilization
6 hours. Class explores some of the greatest and/or most influential works from late medieval and early modern Western civilization. Biblical texts are engaged at multiple levels – historically, meditatively, allegorically, and for spiritual transformation.

HNRS 350 Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries
6 hours. Class explores some of the greatest and/or most influential works from the 17th to 19th centuries in the West. Biblical texts are engaged at multiple levels – historically, meditatively, allegorically, and for spiritual transformation.

HNRS 390 Russia, Asia, and Authoritarian Impulses
6 hours. Course explores some of the greatest and/or most influential works from Russia and Asia, particularly works that have had a significant impact on the West. We also consider authoritarian impulses (often originating in Europe) that have shaken the globe since at least the early twentieth century.

HNRS 450 20th Century
6 hours. Class explores some of the greatest and/or most influential 20th century Western works. Biblical texts are engaged at multiple levels – historically, meditatively, allegorically and for spiritual transformation.

HNRS 490 Integration Thesis
3 hours. As a culmination of this program, honors students are asked to make a contribution to the store of Western knowledge. This contribution will usually take the form of a scholarly paper or work of art, but other possibilities may be negotiated with the director of the honors program and a faculty sponsor.

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