HUM 101 The Search for Values in the Light of Western History and Religion

The Search for Values in the Light of Western History and Religion is an interdisciplinary study of the ideas, beliefs, and cultural developments that have formed Western culture. The first two courses of the sequence are taken in the fall (Humanities 101) and spring (Humanities 102) semesters of the first year. In these courses, students examine original documents in translation from the history and literature of the Israelites, the Greeks, the Romans, and the early Christians.

RELS 101 The Bible: Texts and contexts

The first in a two-course sequence of selected topics that enables students to develop critical knowledge of biblical texts and post-biblical traditions by helping them understand how these works and their histories of reception inform interpretive contexts. Students will acquire skills in critical thinking, analysis, reading, and writing that will equip them to recognize the relevance of the academic study of biblical texts and religion.

HUM 102 The Search for Values in the Light of Western History and Religion

The Search for Values in the Light of Western History and Religion is an interdisciplinary study of the ideas, beliefs, and cultural developments that have formed Western culture. The first two courses of the sequence are taken in the fall (Humanities 101) and spring (Humanities 102) semesters of the first year. In these courses, students examine original documents in translation from the history and literature of the Israelites, the Greeks, the Romans, and the early Christians.

RELS 102 The Bible: Texts and contexts

This is the second of a two-course sequence of selected topics enables students to develop critical knowledge of biblical texts and post-biblical traditions by helping them understand how these works and their histories of reception inform interpretive contexts. Students will acquire skills in critical thinking, analysis, reading, and writing that will equip them to recognize the relevance of the academic study of biblical texts and religion.

PHIL 201 Ancient Philosophy

An examination of philosophical methods, problems, and ideas from Ancient philosophies, such as those of the Presocratics, Plato,
Aristotle, Epicureans and Stoics. Issues addressed include the human good, the relation of the human to the cosmos, the nature and role
of reason, and the relation between reason and pleasure.

HUM 201 The Search for Values in the Light of Western History and Religion

The Search for Values in the Light of Western History and Religion is an interdisciplinary study of the ideas, beliefs, and cultural developments that have formed Western culture. The first two courses of the sequence are taken in the fall (Humanities 101) and spring (Humanities 102) semesters of the first year. In these courses, students examine original documents in translation from the history and literature of the Israelites, the Greeks, the Romans, and the early Christians.

PHIL 203 Early Modern Philosophy

An examination of major representatives of Early Modern Philosophy, focusing on the works of Descartes, Hume, and Kant. Issues to be
considered include such things as the nature and role of rationality, the relation of the sensuous and the rational, the exercise of freedom,
and the existence of God.

GREK 203 Koine Greek

This course introduces students to koine Greek, the “common” dialect of the post-classical period from ca. 323 BCE to AD 300 and
concentrates on the narrative and epistolary texts of the New Testament. Instructors may choose to read in addition some selections from
the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures (Septuagint), the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Philo, and Josephus. Its primary aims
are to help students improve not only their ability to read ancient Greek texts in the original but also to critically examine them, building

RUSS 205 The Russian Religious Mind

This course examines the distinct world-consciousness of Russian religious thought, with its emphases on the themes of God, good and evil, the search for divine justice on Earth, the material world as sanctified, and the moral content of spiritualized beauty.  Reading materials will be taken from the religio-philosophical writings of distinguished thinkers, Orthodox presentations of major points of dogmatic theology, and monastic wisdom past and present.  All works are read in English translation.

RELS 210 History of Christian Thought

The faith of the earliest New Testament communities will be examined, and developments in biblical theology from the early church onward will be considered.