Tutorials

First Year Tutorials


Fall

Great Texts Tutorial: The Ancient Mind (HIS 111, PHL 110, REL 110):

Through reading and small group discussions of the assigned texts, the students encounter the great literary, philosophical, and religious ideas of the ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Roman worlds, and see the implementation of these ideas across genres, in poetry, history, philosophy, and holy scripture.

Sample Reading List:

Homer, Iliad and Odyssey                                                    Euripides, Bacchae

Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War.       Plato, Republic

Aristotle, Ethics and Politics,                                           Old Testament Pentateuch

Cicero, Republic                                                                       Virgil, Aeneid


Writing Tutorial: Introduction to Criticism (ENG 110)

Through in-class discussions, writing exercises, and workshops, students encounter and implement the basic concepts and skills of criticism that aid them in their interaction with the great texts of the ancient world.


Quantitative Reasoning:

This course is designed to give students a taste of some of the most significant, useful, and foundational ideas in mathematics. The focus of this course is on the development of mathematical reasoning as a method of analysis and problem solving in everyday life as well as a means to understand more abstract concepts, such as higher dimensional space. The exploration and understanding of mathematical ideas is emphasized over computation and algebraic manipulation. Topics include: probability, statistics, risk analysis, and  decision theory; interest, annuities, and mortgages; prime numbers, Fibonacci numbers, and irrational numbers as subcategories of the real numbers; the pigeonhole principle and methods of counting; the Pythagorean theorem and golden ratio; alternative geometries, the fourth dimension, and topology (“rubber sheet geometry”).


Spring

Great Texts Tutorial: The Mind of the Church (HIS 212, POL 110, PHL 361)

Through reading and small group discussion of the assigned tests, the students encounter the great political, philosophical, historical, and theological ideas of the New Testament, Patristic, and Medieval worlds, and see the implementation of these ideas across genres, in poetry, history, philosophy, and holy scripture.

Sample Reading List:

The New Testament                                                           Eusebius, Church History

Athanasius, On the Incarnation of the Word.            Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Augustine, Confessions                                                       The Qur'an

John of Damascus, On the Holy Images                      Beowulf

Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica                          Dante, The Divine Comedy


Writing Tutorial: Intermediate Criticism (ENG 120)

Through in-class discussions, writing exercises, and workshops, the students encounter and implement the major concepts and skills of criticism developed in the Late Antique and Medieval worlds.


Economics Tutorial: Introduction to Economics (ECO 110)

The course is designed to introduce students to both microeconomic and macroeconomic topics. Students will be introduced to ideas regarding incentives, constraints, opportunity costs, and the unintended consequences of good intentions. The course will also cover basic concepts such as rationality, the price mechanism, specialization and exchange, and Christian stewardship. On completing the course, students will be equipped with the basic mathematical skills necessary for understanding economic theory.

Second Year Tutorials


Fall

Great Texts Tutorial: The Modern Mind I (POL 311, REL 112, REL 312)

Through reading and small group discussion of the assigned tests, the students encounter the great political, philosophical, historical, and theological ideas of the Reformation, Renaissance, and Enlightenment eras, and see the implementation of these ideas across genres, in poetry, philosophy, theology, and the American founding documents.

Sample Reading List:

Chaucer, Canterbury Tales                                             Machiavelli, Discourses

Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion              Shakespeare, Hamlet

Descartes, Discourse on the Method                          Milton, Paradise Lost

Locke, Second Treatise on Government                   Edwards, Sermons

Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin    Hamilton, Madison, and Jay, The Federalist Papers

The Constitution of the United States of America


Writing Tutorial: Advanced Criticism (ENG 412)

Through in-class discussions, writing exercises, and workshops, and formal presentations, the students encounter and implement the major concepts and skills of criticism developed in the modern world.


Economics Tutorial: MicroEconomics (ECO 211)

An introduction to microeconomic theory and analysis, focusing on decision making by individuals, households, and firms. Key economic principles of scarcity, cost-benefit analysis, comparative advantage, supply and demand, and the role of prices and free markets are introduced. Issues of public policy are frequently discussed to highlight applications of these principles.


Spring

Great Texts Tutorial: The Modern Mind II (POL 313, REL 211)

Through reading and small group discussion of the assigned tests, the students encounter the great literary, political, philosophical, historical, and theological ideas of the Romantic and Victorian ages, and see the implementation of these ideas across genres, in fiction, history, philosophy, politics, and theology.

Sample Reading List:

Austen, Pride and Prejudice                                                                  De Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass              Marx, Communist Manifesto

Bronte, Jane Eyre                                                                                       Lincoln, Speeches

Nietzche, The Genealogy of Morals                                                   Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Dickinson, Poems


Science Tutorial: Scientific Reasoning (SCI 212)

This course is an historically informed introduction to modern physics, astronomy, cosmology, chemistry, and biology, with the goal of attaining a broad conceptual understanding of contemporary science, its empirical basis, and its harmonious relationship with the Christian worldview. Given the intellectual authority of science in modern Western civilization, it is impossible to engage the surrounding culture effectively with the claims of Christ without having a broad-based scientific literacy, a deep understanding of the deleterious effects that naturalistic presuppositions have had on both science and culture, the philosophical and scientific basis on which assumptions may be challenged, and a well-defined understanding that relates the biblical worldview to the world of science. The course will involve lecture, discussion, and laboratory components.


Economics Tutorial: Economic Thought and Practice (ECO 311)

This class introduces students to the range of economic ideas that have informed the development of economic systems, policies, and punditry. It also assesses the results of attempts to put these ideas into practice, leading to conclusions about how constructive these ideas have proven to be. The course is organized around the visions of economic life associated with such figures as Adam Smith, T.R. Malthus, Karl Marx, J.M. Keynes, and various Christian leaders. The course addresses both historical and contemporary expressions and applications of these ideas.