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Fall 2014 | J-Term 2015 |  Spring 2015



Fall 2014



IDFY 102 HONORS: Galileo and the Church: The Warfare of Science & Faith?

Instructor:  Dr. Ted Davis


IDFY 102 HONORS: Signs of the Times

Instructor:  Dr. Crystal Downing


IDFY 102 HONORS: Growing the Family Tree: Family History, Genealogy, and Personal Identity

Instructor:  Dr. Joseph Huffman


IDFY 102 HONORS: Science Fiction and Society

Instructor:  Dr. James Makowski


IDFY 102 HONORS: Images of Jesus

Instructor:  Dr. Jay McDermond


IDFY 102 HONORS: Philosophy of C.S. Lewis

Instructor:  Dr. David Schenk


IDFY 102 HONORS: An Amish Paradise?

Instructor:  Dr. David Weaver-Zercher






Engaging a Pluralistic World (EPW) - World Views


CRN #1875 - PHIL 345  HONORS:  Philosophy of Religion (3 credits)

Instructor:  Dr. Robin Collins

Class time:  TR 1:20-2:35 p.m.


Course description:  This course will consist of two parts.  The first part will focus on the nature and existence of God, and the second part on topics in philosophical theology. In the first part we will examine major views on the relation between faith and reason, the nature of God and God’s relation to the world, the question of human free will and divine foreknowledge, the problem of evil, the arguments for and against the existence of God, and the major alternatives to belief in God.  In the second part, we will look at discussions in the philosophical literature concerning such issues as the nature of the Atonement, the nature and existence of hell as it relates to the loving nature of God, the doctrine of the Trinity and Incarnation, and the nature of petitionary prayer. The course is designed both to expose students to the rich discussion of some of these issues and to help them reflect more deeply on the Christian faith and religion in general. 


Science, Technology, and the World (STW)


CRN #12835 - BIOL 216  HONORS: Environmental Issues and Sustainable Solutions (3 credits)

Instructors:  Dr. Erik Linkquist and Mr. Craig Dalen

Class time:  MWF 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. 


Course description:  A broad interdisciplinary examination of the issues surrounding environmental sustainability and stewardship.  The course includes an examination of the scientific method as it applies to the study of ecosystem structure and function.  Ethics, economics and public policy are examined as they relate to resource use, population growth, food production, pollution, biodiversity protection, and energy consumption.  Central to the discussion are Judeo-Christian perspectives on environmental stewardship as they pertain to responsible/ sustainable living.




CRN #1817 - MUMH 338  HONORS:  Studies in Ethnic Music (2 credits)

Instructor:  Dr. Erik Forst

Class time:  MW 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Course description: This class is designed to serve as an introduction to the study of global music.  Through reading, listening, singing and other activities, students will be introduced to a variety of global music cultures and methods used to study them.  An exploration of ethnodoxology will be incorporated into this course through articles, class discussion, and participation in global worship songs.







  • There are two sections of HONR 497 offered in Fall ’14; there will be one section offered in Spring ’15.

  • HONR 497 fulfills the College Honors Program requirement for the Senior Honors Project.

  • It does not meet an ID World Views requirement. 

  • This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.



CRN #1614 - HONR 497  HONORS:  Senior Honors Seminar: World Views (3 credits)

Instructor:  Dr. John Yeatts

Class time:  TR 8:00 - 9:15 a.m.


Course description:  Belief systems which characterize groups or eras as well as guide individual behavior are considered, including thought systems of Theists (Christian and Muslim), Deists, Naturalists, Existentialists, Humanists, Marxists, Monists, and Post-Modernists.  All are explored, compared, and contrasted to facilitate clarification and development of a personal world view from a Christian perspective.  



CRN #2096 - HONR 497 HONORS:  Senior Honors Seminar – Prayer: History, Theology, Science, and Politics

(3 credits)

Instructor:  Dr. Milton Gaither

Class time:  R 6:15 – 9:15 p.m.


Course description:  What is prayer?  Does it work?  Does it make sense?  The topic will be given multi-disciplinary treatment in this course that combines analytic rigor with existential themes.  We will look at prayer in the Bible and in different Christian traditions.  We will consider prayer’s connection to revival, healing, global change, and political influence.  Along the way we will listen to theologians, historians and scientists; to mystics, sages and skeptics; and to one another.


J-Term 2015






IDNW 200  HONORS: Japan and the Cross (3 credits)

Instructor: Mr. Jonathan Lauer

Class time: MTWRF 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Course description:  Shusaku Endo (1923-1996) was a leading 20th century cultural figure in Japan. He won numerous awards and garnered the admiration of his peers, including the British novelist Graham Greene, to whom he is often compared. Endo's accessibility to Western readers is attributed in part to his Catholic upbringing. Several works considered among his best fiction concern the persecution and martyrdom of Catholics in Japan during the first 100 years after St. Francis Xavier's arrival there (1549). We will read and discuss three of Endo's novels. Concomitant with this literary-historical study, we will learn about contemporary Japanese life and discover issues and themes still influencing a non-Western culture where fewer than 3% of its inhabitants claim the Christian faith.



Spring 2015



IDCR 151  HONORS: Created and Called for Community (5 sections)

  • Prof. Michael Anderson , MWF 10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
  • Dr. Caleb Miller, TR 8:00 am. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Dr. Paul Rego, MWF 12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
  • Dr. Cynthia Wells, TR 2:05 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.
  • Dr. Richard Crane, W 6:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.





Engaging a Pluralistic World (EPW) - Ethics


IDET 300  HONORS:  Advertising Ethics (3 credits)

Instructor: Dr. David Hagenbuch

Class time: TR 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Course description:  As one of our society’s most pervasive forms of communication and prolific sources of moral controversy, advertising provides fertile ground for the study of ethics.  A primary goal of Advertising Ethics is for students to understand moral philosophy so they can develop a framework for ethical decision-making that they can apply to any moral issue, whether within advertising or outside the field.  As such, the course also helps students appreciate the nature and purpose of advertising so they can differentiate ethical advertising practices from unethical ones.  The class format incorporates a variety of learning approaches including group discussion, writing, video, and team debate presentations.


Engaging a Pluralistic World (EPW) - Pluralism

IDPL 300  HONORS: What is an American? Pluralism, Education, and National Identity (Writing-Enriched) (3 credits)

Instructor:  Dr. Milton Gaither

Class Time: TR 12:25 - 1:55 p.m.


Course description:  This writing-intensive course traces the peopling of the North American landmass now known as the United States from its first settlers thousands of years ago to the migrations that continue today.  Throughout this history two important themes have repeatedly surfaced: conflicts over the collective identity of such a diverse group of people, and the proper way the children of all groups should be educated.  Students will leave the course with a richer understanding of U.S. population history and demographics, will have read both historic and contemporary texts reflecting on what it means to be American, and will understand how the education of children and young adults has often been ground zero for battles over our collective identity.


Science, Technology, and the World (STW)


IDST 300  HONORS: The Origins Controversy in America (3 credits)

Instructor:  Dr. Ted Davis

Class time: MWF 10:20-11:20 a.m.


Course description:   We begin with an overview of various interpretations of the Genesis creation stories.  Then we survey of interactions between religion and science in the United States since the early nineteenth century, emphasizing the ways in which Americans grappled theologically with geology and evolution.  Finally we compare in detail three important modern approaches to origins: scientific creationism, intelligent design, and theistic evolution.  Lectures will be supplemented by a few films and extensive discussion of readings.





HONR 497  HONORS: Senior Honors Seminar (3 credits)

Instructor: Dr. Peter Powers

Class Time:  M 6:15-9:15 p.m.

Course description:  TBD


Note:   This course fulfills the College Honors Program requirement for the Senior Honors Project This course is open to third and fourth year participants.