Apr 10, 2020  
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2019-2020

Course Descriptions


 

Music

  
  •  

    MUS 093 - Woodwind Class

    Credits: 1
    Instrumental Class. Laboratory courses prepare students to teach instruments (woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, guitar) in the public schools. Techniques of tone production, fingering and class procedure are learned through individual and ensemble playing experience under supervision. Group instrument course fee.

    Prerequisite(s): Music education, music performance, or music bachelor of arts major.
  
  •  

    MUS 094 - Brass Class

    Credits: 1
    Instrumental Class. Laboratory courses prepare students to teach instruments (woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, guitar) in the public schools. Techniques of tone production, fingering and class procedure are learned through individual and ensemble playing experience under supervision. Group instrument course fee.

    Prerequisite(s): Music education, music performance, or music bachelor of arts major.
  
  •  

    MUS 095 - String Class

    Credits: 1
    Instrumental Class. Laboratory courses prepare students to teach instruments (woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, guitar) in the public schools. Techniques of tone production, fingering and class procedure are learned through individual and ensemble playing experience under supervision. Group instrument course fee.

    Prerequisite(s): Music education, music performance, or music bachelor of arts major.
  
  •  

    MUS 096 - Percussion Class

    Credits: 1
    Instrumental Class. Laboratory courses prepare students to teach instruments (woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, guitar) in the public schools. Techniques of tone production, fingering and class procedure are learned through individual and ensemble playing experience under supervision. Group instrument course fee.

    Prerequisite(s): Music education, music performance, or music bachelor of arts major.
  
  •  

    MUS 097 - Guitar Class

    Credits: 1
    Instrumental Class. Laboratory courses prepare students to teach instruments (woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, guitar) in the public schools. Techniques of tone production, fingering and class procedure are learned through individual and ensemble playing experience under supervision. Group instrument course fee.

    Prerequisite(s): Music education, music performance, or music bachelor of arts major.
  
  •  

    MUS 098 - Voice Class

    Credits: 2
    Designed for beginning singer. Introduces structures and processes of voice mechanism, foundational principles of singing and voice production, and standard vocal teaching methods. Explores song literature. In-class performances required.

    Fulfills voice requirement for music education nonvoice majors.
  
  •  

    MUS 110 - Organ Class

    Credits: 2
    Beginning class for nonorgan majors designed to prepare students for service playing. Includes organ design, registration, techniques and hymn playing. Meets weekly, with three-hour minimum practice required outside of class.

    Prerequisite(s): Intermediate piano ability.
  
  •  

    MUS 117 - Introduction to Music Education

    Credits: 2
    Exploration of teaching profession in general and survey of foundations of music education, philosophy, history and methods. Observation and reflection on classroom interactions at appropriate grade levels. Field experience required.

  
  •  

    MUS 118 - Music Education Prepracticum

    Credits: 0
    Field-based course giving music education students practical experience planning, teaching and evaluating music lessons in general, vocal and instrumental music lab classroom settings. 2 semesters minimum. May be repeated.

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 117 .
  
  •  

    MUS 211 - Music Theory I

    Credits: 3
    Introduces fundamental materials and forms of music. Includes principles of notation, scales, intervals, transposition, harmonic analysis and nonharmonic tones, cadences, figured bass realization, species counterpoint, part-writing procedures, clef reading and rhythm.

    Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into music major or minor; permission of instructor for nonmajors.
    Corequisite(s): MUL 211 .
  
  •  

    MUS 212 - Music Theory II

    Credits: 3
    Continues MUS 211 , including further part-writing procedures, harmonic progressions, secondary harmonic functions, modulation and introduction of two- and three-part forms.

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 211 
    Corequisite(s): MUL 212 
  
  •  

    MUS 216 - Songwriting for Worship

    Credits: 2


    Students will learn to write and perform songs for worship. Students will study standard song structures and learn about how to create music that is engaging and moving for the listener, while meeting the songwriter’s expressive goals.

     

    Prerequisite(s): Music major or instructor permission.

  
  •  

    MUS 218 - Composition I

    Credits: 2
    Students try their hand at musical expression through composing. Emphasis on inspiring the creative process and honing their craft. Study of repertoire leads to focused projects, workshopped in class. Culminates in a final concert of student works.  Repeatable for credit. Fall.

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 212  and permission of instructor.
  
  •  

    MUS 219 - Composition II

    Credits: 2
    Students continue to shape their creative impulses in writing music, while also learning about other musical languages and techniques. Study of repertoire leads to technical exercises and focused projects, workshopped in class. Culminates in a final concert of student works. Spring.

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 315  and permission of instructor.
  
  •  

    MUS 226 - Music History and Literature I

    Credits: 4
    Examines music literature from antiquity through Baroque, historical background, development of musical forms and style, analysis of representative works.

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 211 , MUL 211  
  
  •  

    MUS 241 - A Survey of Musical Masterworks

    Credits: 4
    Surveys great musical master-works, their composers, historical development, musical form and style; listening skills, music vocabulary, recognition of historical style traits.

  
  •  

    MUS 245 - World Music

    Credits: 2
    Survey of selected musical cultures of world from Africa, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and North and South America. Musical styles, cultural and social contexts examined.

  
  •  

    MUS 250 - College Choir

    Credits: 0 or 1 variable credit


    Music Ensemble. Admission by audition. Representative music of each period of music history studied and performed. Minimum of from three to five hours rehearsal and participation in all public appearances required. Designated as repeatable for credit. See Music Student Handbook. Fee for ensemble attire.

    Fulfills major ensemble requirement for music majors.

     

  
  •  

    MUS 251 - Symphonic Band

    Credits: 0 or 1 variable credit
    Music Ensemble. Admission by audition. Representative music of each period of music history studied and performed. Minimum of from three to five hours rehearsal and participation in all public appearances required. Designated as repeatable for credit. See Music Student Handbook. Fee for ensemble attire.

    Fulfills major ensemble requirement for music majors.
  
  •  

    MUS 252 - Men’s Choir

    Credits: 0 or 1 variable credit


    Music Ensemble. Admission by audition. Representative music of each period of music history studied and performed. Minimum of from three to five hours rehearsal and participation in all public appearances required. Designated as repeatable for credit. See Music Student Handbook. Fee for ensemble attire.

    Fulfills major ensemble requirement for music majors.

     

  
  •  

    MUS 253 - Gordon Symphony Orchestra

    Credits: 0 or 1 variable credit


    Music Ensemble. Admission by audition. Representative music of each period of music history studied and performed. Minimum of from three to five hours rehearsal and participation in all public appearances required. Designated as repeatable for credit. See Music Student Handbook. Fee for ensemble attire.

    Fulfills major ensemble requirement for music majors.

     

  
  •  

    MUS 254 - Women’s Choir

    Credits: 0 or 1 variable credit


    Music Ensemble. Admission by audition. Representative music of each period of music history studied and performed. Minimum of from three to five hours rehearsal and participation in all public appearances required. Designated as repeatable for credit. See Music Student Handbook. Fee for ensemble attire.

    Fulfills major ensemble requirement for music majors.

     

  
  •  

    MUS 257 - Jazz Ensemble

    Credits: 0 or 1 variable credit
    Music Ensemble. Admission by audition. Representative music of each period of music history studied and performed. Minimum of from three to five hours rehearsal and participation in all public appearances required. Designated as repeatable for credit. See Music Student Handbook. Fee for ensemble attire.

  
  •  

    MUS 258 - Wind Ensemble

    Credits: 0 or 1 variable credit


    Music Ensemble. Admission by audition. Representative music of each period of music history studied and performed. Minimum of from three to five hours rehearsal and participation in all public appearances required. Designated as repeatable for credit. See Music Student Handbook. Fee for ensemble attire.

    Fulfills major ensemble requirement for music majors.

     

  
  •  

    MUS 259 - Performance of Chamber Music

    Credits: 0 or 1 variable credit
    Study and performance of chamber music. Minimum three hours of rehearsal or personal practice and one-hour weekly coaching with instructor. Participation in all public appearances required. Emphasis on the development of ensemble and communication skills, in-depth study of at least one piece of chamber repertoire with an assigned group. General familiarity with chamber music repertoire, and musical analysis through performance. Repeatable for credit. 

  
  •  

    MUS 270 - Opera Scenes Workshop

    Credits: 0 or 2 credits
    Foundational principles of stage movement, theatre techniques, improvisation, ensemble work and role preparation for singers. Theatre games, exercises and staged performances of songs, arias and scenes from operetta, opera and Broadway musicals. This class culminates in a performance of opera scenes or a one-act opera. Repeatable for credit. 

  
  •  

    MUS 275 - Musical Production

    Credits: 0, 1, 2, 4
    Offers experience participating in staged musical production of opera, operetta or Broadway musical in major role, comprimario role, chorus member or technical support position. Text assignments and completed written journal required. Credit is awarded based on the student’s role in the production, as determined by the artistic/music director. Designated as repeatable.

    Prerequisite(s): Audition and permission of instructor.
  
  •  

    MUS 311 - Music Theory III

    Credits: 3
    Continues MUS 212 , exploring extended chromatic harmony, Renaissance polyphony, and larger forms such as fugue, invention, rondo, sonata and variations.

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 212 .
    Corequisite(s): MUL 311 .
  
  •  

    MUS 315 - 20th-Century Techniques

    Credits: 4
    Fully integrates study of 20th-century compositional techniques with examination of composer perspectives and historical events of time. Combines discussion of style and aesthetic perspective with analysis of building blocks of 20th-century musical language as encountered in representative works of tonal, post-tonal, atonal and 12-tone construction. Use of form, systems of analysis such as set theory and 12-tone theory and exploration of other dimensions of music-making including orchestration, texture, meter, rhythm, sound color and technology.

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 311 .
  
  •  

    MUS 318 - Conducting

    Credits: 4
    Studies beat patterns and fundamental baton techniques; laboratory experience in conducting literature of medium difficulty.

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 311 , MUL 311 .
  
  •  

    MUS 319 - Advanced Conducting

    Credits: 2
    Studies baton techniques and further development of conducting skills and rehearsal techniques including areas of critical listening, score study and principles of interpretation.

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 318 , MUS 327  or MUS 328 .
  
  •  

    MUS 326 - Music History and Literature II

    Credits: 4
    Explores music of the Classical and Romantic periods, historical background, development of musical forms and style; analyzes representative works.

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 226  
  
  •  

    MUS 327 - Choral Methods and Literature

    Credits: 4
    Explores selected repertoire and organization and administration of choral program; emphasizes choral tone, blend, balance and intonation.

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 318 .
  
  •  

    MUS 328 - Instrumental Methods and Literature

    Credits: 4
    Explores purpose, aims and techniques of instrumental program; emphasizes rehearsal, repertoire and organization.

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 318 .
  
  •  

    MUS 330 - Children’s Choirs: Methods and Practices

    Credits: 2
    Exploration of choral literature and techniques appropriate for child’s voice from early elementary to adolescence. Topics include pitch matching, the uncertain singer, choosing literature, developing sight-singing skills, and developing tone and musicality. Field experience required.

  
  •  

    MUS 332 - Pedagogical Practices: Instrumental

    Credits: 4
    Analyzes applied teaching techniques and materials; instrumentalists (including pianists).  (Alternate years.)

  
  •  

    MUS 333 - Pedagogical Practices: Vocal

    Credits: 4
    Analyzes applied teaching techniques and materials; vocal. (Alternate years.)

  
  •  

    MUS 335 - Music Education I (K-5)

    Credits: 4
    Introduces methods and materials for teaching music to younger children; discussion, development and implementation of individual lessons for general music classes and curriculum planning. Field work.

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 117 , MUS 311 ; MUL 311 ; PSY 245 .
  
  •  

    MUS 336 - Music Education II (6–12)

    Credits: 4
    Introduces methods and materials for teaching music to older children and adolescents; discussion, development and implementation of individual lessons and total curriculum; general music, music theory, music appreciation and performing classes. Fieldwork.

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 335 .
  
  •  

    MUS 337 - Music in Worship

    Credits: 4
    Examines congregational, choral and instrumental use of music in worship from biblical times to present; explores philosophical and practical issues in liturgical and nonliturgical churches. (Alternate years.)

  
  •  

    MUS 346 - Instrumentation and Arranging

    Credits: 2
    Introduces arranging music for small ensembles and orchestra with strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments.

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 311 , MUL 311 .
  
  •  

    MUS 347 - Counterpoint I

    Credits: 2
    Studies contrapuntal style of 16th-century music and writing of two- and three-voice pieces in that style.

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 315 .
  
  •  

    MUS 348 - Counterpoint II

    Credits: 2
    Studies contrapuntal style of 18th-century late Baroque music and writing of two- and three-voice pieces in that style.

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 315 .
  
  •  

    MUS 371 - Selected Topics I

    Credits: 2
    Specialized coursework; focuses on area of interest to music major. Designated as repeatable if topic is different.

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chair.
  
  •  

    MUS 407 - Music Education Seminar

    Credits: 2
    Analyzes issues in music education, classroom management and techniques.

    Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in MUS 415 .
  
  •  

    MUS 415 - Practicum

    Credits: 12
    Field placement in elementary, middle and/or high school. Supervision by College faculty, staff and cooperating teacher(s) in schools. Minimum of 15 weeks of full-time student teaching required. Students must be registered and finalized prior to starting teaching assignment.

  
  •  

    MUS 420 - The History of Piano Literature

    Credits: 4
    Surveys solo piano literature composed from late 17th century to present. Emphasizes recognition of style and form. (Alternate years.)

    Prerequisite(s): MUS 315 .
  
  •  

    MUS 426 - International Internship: Teaching Music in Social Transformation

    Credits: 4
    Cross-cultural internship offered by the Gordon College Department of Music. This six-week internship in May-June gives qualified Gordon music majors the opportunity to teach music to middle school students in Romania and/or Ukraine by partnering with Music Camp International, an international non-profit children’s charity devoted to social transformation through music. Fees apply. See Global Education Office for details.

    Prerequisite(s): Minimum GPA of 3.25, music major, and approved application through Global Education Office.
  
  •  

    MUS 440 - Literature for the Voice

    Credits: 4
    Explores song literature as well as cantata, oratorio, operatic and operetta arias for the voice. Emphasis on study and in-class performance of significant examples from all genres and eras of European and American art music. (Alternate years.)

  
  •  

    MUS 471 - Selected Topics II

    Credits: 2
    Specialized coursework; focuses on area of interest to music major. Designated as repeatable if topic is different.

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chair.
  
  •  

    MUS 491 - Senior Seminar I

    Credits: 2


    Required for B.A. (Music) and B.M. (Performance) seniors. Discussion related to career planning for musicians, assigned reading related to individual student projects and research interests, development of a proposal for the student’s final project (B.A. students) or writing of a final paper related to senior recital repertoire (B.M. performance students). 

     

  
  •  

    MUS 492 - Senior Seminar II

    Credits: 2
    The Department of Music Senior Seminar (second semester) is required of any B.A. Music student. This semester will culminate in a senior project, which may include: a composition thesis and accompanying paper; a senior recital and accompanying paper; a historical or theoretical/analytical academic thesis.  


Non-Departmental

  
  •  

    COE 425 - Career Services Internship

    Credits: 0
    Provides workplace experiential learning and professional development related to student’s major or minor.  Must be prearranged and approved by Career Services, faculty advisor and Registrar’s Office.

    Prerequisite(s): Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0; minimum of 12 credits completed in major or minor prior to internship

Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science

  
  •  

    NSM 202 - The Scientific Enterprise

    Credits: 4
    Explores characteristics of natural science, studies theories related to fundamental concepts such as matter and energy to help understand patterns and processes in nature. Stresses relevance of science to contemporary issues and a Christian worldview.  Unique nature of this course requires matriculated students to take NSM202 at Gordon College Activity fee.

    Prerequisite(s): BCM 101 , COR 107  or COR 109 , sophomore standing, or permission of the course director.
    Fulfills common core requirement.
  
  •  

    NSM 220 - Human Biology, Health and Disease

    Credits: 4
    Studies human body from the molecular intracellular level to structure and function of organ systems. Health and disease, metabolism and energy balance discussed. (Offered spring semester.) Lab fee.


Gordon in Orvieto

  
  •  

    ORV 101 - Italian Language Studies

    Credits: 2
    Introduces the Italian language with instruction emphasizing conversational participation in daily local life. Not required for students who have taken Italian.

    Note: Does not fulfill core language requirement; not equivalent to ITL 101 Beginning Italian.
  
  •  

    ORV 270 - Disegno/Drawing at Orvieto

    Credits: 4
    Drawing-based course required during first month of semester, provides framework for program. Uses drawing to deepen students’ engagement with history and landscape of Italy, fusing cultural setting with community life. In-studio drawing sessions combined with on-site response to townscape and art-scape.

  
  •  

    ORV 340 - Selected Topics in Art and Spirituality

    Credits: 4
    The interface of the visual arts, Christian doctrine, spirituality, monasticism, and politics during the middle ages in the experience of lay Christians, clergy, and monastics in Italy. (Not offered every year.)

  
  •  

    ORV 342 - Introduction to Medieval Monasticism

    Credits: 4
    Examines one of the most influential modes of spiritual life and intellectual thought in Middle Ages. Examines the particular Italian contribution of Umbrian saints (such as Benedict, Francis and Clare of Assisi) within the larger tradition of Western monasticism. (Not offered every year.)

  
  •  

    ORV 350 - Poetry and Ekphrasis

    Credits: 4
    Explores relation between poetry and pictorial arts in classical Renaissance tradition of ekphrasis (poetry about art or visual art based on poems). Students both study tradition and practice craft of ekphrasis.

  
  •  

    ORV 355 - Renaissance Narrative

    Credits: 4
    Compares how stories were told in literature and visual art of medieval-Renaissance Europe. Focuses on famous fresco cycles of Renaissance Italy as visual interpretations of influential written narratives in European Christian culture.

  
  •  

    ORV 360 - Dante’s Divine Comedy

    Credits: 4
    Explores Dante’s Divine Comedy (in dual-language edition), focusing on plot, theological and philosophical concepts, and historical and political background with attention to epic tradition and Dante’s relation to visual epics such as Signorelli’s Last Judgment in the Orvieto Cathedral.

  
  •  

    ORV 361 - British and American Writers in Italy

    Credits: 4
    Studies strong pull exercised by Italy on imagination of a number of British and American poets, novelists and essayists, and on those wishing to become cultivated people of arts and letters. (Not offered every year.)

  
  •  

    ORV 363 - Religious Drama of the Middle Ages

    Credits: 4
    Surveys medieval theatre connected to church holidays and liturgical readings.  Explores a genre—from dramatizations of saints’ lives to personifications of moral/spiritual warfare in the human soul—that was sophisticated in its handling of theology and Scripture but rooted in popular culture. (Not offered every year.)

  
  •  

    ORV 370 - Special Topics

    Credits: 4
    Selected topics in areas of expertise of visiting instructors other than art/art history,literature/creative writing, and history.

  
  •  

    ORV 371 - Painting Studio at Orvieto

    Credits: 4
    Advanced studio in methods and materials of oil or tempera painting with historical attention to narrative tradition of Renaissance painting.

  
  •  

    ORV 372 - Sculpture Studio at Orvieto

    Credits: 4
    Sculpture in context of Italy’s long tradition of stone carving and sculpture in clay, plaster and casting; attention given to mass and space relationships, volume, surface planes, textural variety and narrative organization.

  
  •  

    ORV 373 - Ceramics Studio at Orvieto

    Credits: 4
    Ceramics in context of Orvieto’s long history as a center of terracotta and majolica production since ancient Etruscans, through medieval geometric and animal–pattern decoration, Renaissance refinements of pottery for daily use, to sculptural ceramics of contemporary artists.

  
  •  

    ORV 374 - Special Topics in Art and Art History

    Credits: 4
    Selected topics in areas of expertise of visiting instructors.

  
  •  

    ORV 375 - Special Topics in Literature and Creative Writing

    Credits: 4
    Selected topics in areas of expertise of visiting instructors.

  
  •  

    ORV 376 - Special Topics in Art and Art History

    Credits: 4
    Selected topics in areas of expertise of visiting instructors.

  
  •  

    ORV 377 - Special Topics in Literature and Creative Writing

    Credits: 4
    Selected topics in areas of expertise of visiting instructors.

  
  •  

    ORV 378 - Special Topics in Art and Art History

    Credits: 4
    Selected topics in areas of expertise of visiting instructors.

  
  •  

    ORV 379 - Special Topics in History

    Credits: 4
    Selected topics in areas of expertise of visiting instructors.


Scholars’ Semester in Oxford

  
  •  

    OXF 300 - Selected Topics in British Culture

    Credits: 4


    This course examines selective themes from the British past and the traces they have left in present day Britain. Students explore how events, people, and ideas from the past are remembered, forgotten, and misremembered in literature, politics, philosophy, religion, art and architecture, and the material landscape, and investigate the meaning, use, and abuse of the past. 

    Students attend lectures, viewings, and field trips, but spend most of their time doing independent study to produce detailed essays.

     

    Corequisite(s): Available only to students participating in the BestSemester Scholars’ Semester in Oxford Program.

  
  •  

    OXF 301 - Selected Topics in British Culture

    Credits: 4
    Students continue their studies of the British world with a new programme of lectures and field trips.

    Corequisite(s): Available only to students participating in the BestSemester Scholars’ Semester in Oxford Program.
  
  •  

    OXF 395 - Secondary Tutorial

    Credits: 3
    Similar in structure to primary tutorial, secondary tutorial may complement student’s concentration. Takes place fortnightly. Offered tutorials cover range of topics.

    Corequisite(s): Available only to students participating in the BestSemester Scholars’ Semester in Oxford Program.
  
  •  

    OXF 396 - Secondary Tutorial

    Credits: 3
    Similar in structure to primary tutorial, secondary tutorial may complement student’s concentration. Takes place fortnightly. Offered tutorials cover range of topics.

    Corequisite(s): Available only to students participating in the BestSemester Scholars’ Semester in Oxford Program.
  
  •  

    OXF 494 - Undergraduate Research Seminar

    Credits: 4
    Integrates both tutorial work and participation in Oxford faculty lectures which pertain to student’s field of study. Allows students to reflect on key methodological issues within concentration, encouraging learning from each other as well as from tutor, and requiring term papers rather than weekly essays.

    Corequisite(s): Available only to students participating in the BestSemester Scholars’ Semester in Oxford Program.
  
  •  

    OXF 495 - Primary Tutorial

    Credits: 6
    Chosen in same field of study as integrative seminar, typically one-on-one supplemented by Oxford faculty lectures. Tutorial based on presentation of short essay responding to assigned question; carried out as conversation between tutor and student. Tutorials offered in disciplinary concentrations of art history, classics, English language and literature, history, modern languages, musicology, philosophy, psychology or theology. Students attend 16 university lectures which complement tutorial work.

    Corequisite(s): Available only to students participating in the BestSemester Scholars’ Semester in Oxford Program.
  
  •  

    OXF 496 - Primary Tutorial

    Credits: 6
    Chosen in same field of study as integrative seminar, typically one-on-one supplemented by Oxford faculty lectures. Tutorial based on presentation of short essay responding to assigned question; carried out as conversation between tutor and student. Tutorials offered in disciplinary concentrations of art history, classics, English language and literature, history, modern languages, musicology, philosophy, psychology or theology. Students attend 16 university lectures which complement tutorial work.

    Corequisite(s): Available only to students participating in the BestSemester Scholars’ Semester in Oxford Program.
  
  •  

    OXF 498 - Thesis Track

    Credits: 3-4
    Over course of second term students work on thesis to be completed and presented in final week of term.

    Corequisite(s): Available only to students participating in the BestSemester Scholars’ Semester in Oxford Program.

Peace and Conflict Studies

  
  •  

    PCS 250 - Peacemaking: Personal, Social, Global

    Credits: 4
    Peace scholarship, research and diverse Christian perspectives on peacemaking as biblical calling. Conflict explored as transformational process in families, organizations and global contexts. Case studies of faith-based peacemakers and women’s narratives in conflict zones examined. Dialogue skills for personal and civic engagement taught and practiced.

  
  •  

    PCS 325 - Conflict Mediation: Theory and Practice

    Credits: 4
    Introduces theory and practice of mediation. Utilizing conflicts in families, organizations and communities, students learn basic mediation skills through case studies, role playing and simulations. Grounded in foundational and evolving theory of third-party neutral conflict resolution and transformation, course addresses issues of ethics and appropriate contexts for use of mediation.

  
  •  

    PCS 375 - Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation

    Credits: 4
    Explores theological frameworks for shalom, conflict as transformational, and reconciliation as healing process in organizations and communities. Both justice and forgiveness examined, as well as public apology, truth and reconciliation commissions, historical conciliation and postcolonial reconstruction.

  
  •  

    PCS 391 - Sri Lanka Immersion Seminar: Youth-Led Reconciliation

    Credits: 4
    Explores practical frameworks for facilitating processes of reconciliation and conflict transformation in the Sri Lankan context. Classroom experiences introduce students to Sri Lankan history, with particular focus on the rise of ethnic tensions and war; processes of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration in the post-war era; and subsequent challenges of reconciliation and the establishment of human rights. Further study of transitional justice mechanisms and the engagement of youth in grassroots reconciliation movements prepares students for field work in helping to facilitate the five-day Sri Lanka Unites Future Leaders Conference, which brings together student leaders from diverse ethnic communities across Sri Lanka for leadership and reconciliation training. Fees assessed as required

  
  •  

    PCS 425 - Internship in Peace and Conflict Studies

    Credits: 2-4
    Supervised field assignment in peace and conflict studies combined with related academic study. Prepares students for professional career choices. Must be prearranged and approved by instructor and Registrar’s Office.

    Prerequisite(s): PCS 250 , PCS 375  and minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA.

Physical Education

  
  •  

    PED 015 - Discovery

    Credits: 0


    An eight-week outdoor adventure learning class that develops trust, responsibility and self-confidence through group games, problem solving activities, a low and high challenge course, rock climbing, and a weekend outing in New Hampshire. PED 015 or PED 016  required first year at Gordon. Signature of La Vida Director is required to drop or withdraw. 

    Please visit http://www.gordon.edu/lavida/collegeprograms for more information on the class. 

    Fulfills the First-year Experience and common core requirement. 

    Discovery is included in the First-year Experience fee on the first bill; additional charges incurred for dropping or withdrawing. View cancellation policy here: https://www.gordon.edu/discoverydatesandcosts

      Discovery fee; special drop, withdrawal and refund policies apply.

  
  •  

    PED 016 - La Vida College Expeditions

    Credits: 0


    A 12-day wilderness-based outdoor education course for personal and spiritual formation that promotes leadership, confidence and growth in community. La Vida includes backpacking or canoeing as well as rock climbing, a challenge course, orienteering and a solo experience. PED 015  or PED 016 is required during the first year at Gordon. Incoming first-year students register during summer registration for June, July or August La Vida. Current students register in November for the May expedition. Through an academic petition, current students may register for August La Vida. Signature of La Vida Director is required to drop or withdraw.

    Please visit www.gordon.edu/lavida/collegeprograms for more information on the class. 
     

    Fulfills the First-year Experience and common core requirement. 

    La Vida is included in the First-year Experience fee on the first bill; additional charges incurred for dropping or withdrawing. View cancellation policy here: https://www.gordon.edu/lavida/college/costs

    The Compass program also meets the requirements for this section of the Core Curriculum. Minimal paperwork is needed to receive credit and can be obtained by contacting lavida@gordon.edu. 

     

  
  •  

    PED 017 - Concepts of Wellness

    Credits: 0
    Promotes knowledge, understanding and implementation of physical fitness and wellness programs. Includes fitness concepts, nutrition, weight control, stress management, leisure choices. Fee.

    Prerequisite(s): By approved medical petition only.
    Fulfills common core requirement.

Philosophy

  
  •  

    PHI 118 - The Examined Life

    Credits: 4
    Introduces students to important historical and thematic issues about what it means to be human: Who are we? What is our place in the cosmos and how do we relate to the natural world around us? What does it mean to find an object or work of art beautiful? What does it mean to live well as opposed to just living? What is the best way to live well together as a society of persons? How can we know what is true? And how, given that we are made in God’s image, are we to understand our relationship to God?

    Fulfills common core requirement.
  
  •  

    PHI 202 - Philosophy in the Ancient/Medieval World

    Credits: 4
    Introduces students to fundamental philosophical questions and modes of inquiry concerning human nature, God, and the cosmos as developed by central figures from the Greco-Roman world up to the Medieval. (Alternate years.)

  
  •  

    PHI 203 - Philosophy in the Early Modern World

    Credits: 4
    Introduces students to fundamental philosophical questions and modes of inquiry concerning human nature, God, and the cosmos as developed by central figures from the Modern Period. (Alternate years.)

  
  •  

    PHI 212 - Formal Logic

    Credits: 4
    Introduces theory and practice of modern logic. Emphasizes analyzing and evaluating deductive arguments. No prior acquaintance with logic necessary.

  
  •  

    PHI 220 - Philosophy of Religion

    Credits: 4
    Introduces students to philosophical questions arising from religious belief and practice. Topics include nature and justifiability of religious beliefs, faith and reason, theistic proofs, divine attributes, eternity and time, problem of evil, possibility of miracles, meaningfulness of religious language and evidential value of religious experience. Readings from classical and contemporary sources.  (Alternate years.)

  
  •  

    PHI 223 - Theories of Politics

    Credits: 4
    Explores major themes in Western tradition from classical and modern political thought. Explores central concepts of state and citizen, and considers major traditions in Christian political thought. Cross-listed as POL 223  

    Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.
  
  •  

    PHI 233 - Environmental Ethics

    Credits: 4
    Introduces students to important philosophical and moral questions about our responsibilities as human beings to each other, God, and the environment in which we live. (Alternate years.)

  
  •  

    PHI 234 - Philosophy of Art and Beauty

    Credits: 4
    Introduces students to the philosophical analysis and study of key issues in the philosophy of art. (Alternate years.)

  
  •  

    PHI 236 - Contemporary Ethics: Love, Life, Death

    Credits: 4
    Introduces students to contemporary ethical questions about matters of life, love and death. (Offered periodically.)

  
  •  

    PHI 310 - Philosophy of Language: Meaning, Interpretation and Translation

    Credits: 4
    Explores recent philosophical theories of language by focusing on questions of meaning (semantics), interpretation (hermeneutics) and translation since the beginning of the 20th Century. Offered alternate years

 

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10