The Contemporary Age
The Honors Seminar is part of the Honors Program’s core curriculum. It is an interdisciplinary program which is designed to introduce students to the central concepts of philosophy, literature, history, and religious studies. The purpose of this course is to develop critical skills and qualities of mind necessary to a liberal education. This is done by providing students with a multi-disciplinary exploration of the period that can loosely be called “The Contemporary Age.” Students are given the change to study key texts from the nineteenth century to the present day that both reflected and shaped the development of today’s world. In the process, the course seeks to provide a critical appreciation of the artistic, literary, philosophical, theological, and historical trends that defined the contemporary era. It is also intended to serve as the culmination of the humanities sequence, and will encourage students to consider how the intellectual, cultural, and religious currents of this period relate to those covered in HON 101, 102, and 201. Furthermore, students will continue to develop the critical thinking, communication, and writing skills essential for a liberal arts education by engaging with course texts in class discussions, written assignments, and oral presentations.