An introduction of how personal concepts of faith & reason and institutions of science & religion shape personal intellectual landscapes. Examines classical philosophy, sacred texts, worldviews, modern fiction, poetry, theology, cosmology, and evolutionary biology.
Examines multiple perspectives of terrorism and investigates their assumptions and beliefs. Perspectives will include historical and psychological approaches as well as those of other academic disciplines.
This course gives students the opportunity to practice the fundamental keystone of democracy: dialogue. The course will explore the variety of American political thought and philosophies through conversations with others in the community, crossing the political spectrum as well as broaching the lines of urban/rural context, socio-economic class, racial and ethnic identity, sex-gender identification, sexuality, age, religious affiliation and non-affiliation, and spiritual practices.
Examines America's wars of national identity, principally the American Revolution and the Civil War. Explores characteristics of such wars, variations over time and space, and shaping influences and impacts on American society and culture, both military and civilian.
Examines America as a global power in 20th Century conflicts--World Wars I and II, the Cold War and possible future global conflicts. Explores characteristics of global war, variations over time and space, and shaping influences and impacts on American society and culture, both military and civilian.
Examines America's military experience in asymmetric conflicts from colonial times to the present. Explores characteristics of asymmetric war, variations over time and space, and impacts on American society and culture, both military and civilian.