Summer Honors 2018 Courses

All Summer Honors students take:

Foundations of the Christian Liberal Arts

Taught by Dr. Jeff CramerAn introduction to the integration of faith and learning, and the value of a liberal arts education. The course seeks to answer two primary questions: What does it mean to flourish as a Christian living in this creation? What do the liberal arts have to do with this flourishing?

The course is taught in four sections with significant discussion about what it means to live in a right relationship with God, neighbor, creation, and self.

Summer Honors students choose one of the following one-credit courses:

Introduction to Game Engine Design

This course will introduce students to the design and development behind a cutting-edge, modern day gaming engine—the operating system behind the video game. We will discuss the purpose and complexities of engines by using a few different gaming engines, sampling a few games, and then recreating a few classic games from scratch. We will be coding in Python, but no prior programming experience is necessary.

Egypt of the Pharaohs

In this course, students will explore the culture of ancient Egypt through an interdisciplinary approach that covers areas such as: religion, politics, architecture, art, language, geography/environment, diplomatic relations, and gender relations. By approaching ancient Egypt in this way, students will be challenged to better understand the multifaceted aspects of culture and how different components impact and shape each other. 

Creative Writing in a Flash: Short-Form Fiction and Nonfiction

This course will introduce students to the art and craft of short-form prose writing in the genres of fiction and creative nonfiction. Participants in the course will read and discuss published stories and essays of 1000 words or fewer in order to study the fundamentals of storytelling and the particular textures of compressed narrative prose. The students will also write their own short-form fiction and nonfiction pieces by engaging in the full creative process, from idea generation and drafting to revising, workshopping, and sharing their own new work.