Students have the option of studying one of the courses listed below, each taught by Covenant professors. Each class is made up of no more than ten students.
Poetry and Christian Imagination
Dr. Heather Hess
An introduction to reading, writing, understanding, and enjoying poetry, particularly in its capacity to embody and evoke Christian imagining. Addressing a selection of poets and poetic forms, students will practice analyzing, discussing, and writing about poetry, as well as writing some poetry of their own. In all of these activities we will explore how poetic imagination can enliven and enrich our love for God, His world, and the humans who bear his image.
The Art of Literary Analysis
Dr. Robert Erle Barham
How might one approach a literary work thoughtfully and faithfully? This course will introduce the tools and techniques of literary analysis and interpretation. We will consider the distinct experience of literary art, recognizing both form and function. Addressing selections from fiction, poetry, and drama, as well as film and visual art, we will practice analyzing, discussing, and writing about literature.
How to Observe What You Can't See
Dr. Preston Hoobler
The science of chemistry deals in particles and interactions that the human eye is incapable of directly seeing. However, what we observe on a human scale can tell us a great deal about what is happening “under the surface” of Creation. Color and temperature changes are examples of observations which tell us that chemistry is happening. Some helpful observations have eluded the unaided human eye. In these cases, brilliant people have devised instruments that provide interpretable data for a capable scientist. This course will cover several different methods of laboratory observation and help connect those observations to chemical understanding.
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Dr. Lynell Martinez
What does it really mean to be made in His image? How can blood make us clean? Using scripture in combination with lessons from anatomy and physiology and examples from medical practice, students will investigate the relationship between our created bodies and their physical and spiritual functions. We will explore what it means to be made in His image and contemplate our dependence on Him as the very breath of life. We will use our understanding of the interconnectedness of individual cells and organs to better understand our own dependence on God as well as our Christian community. Using lessons from cancer biology, we will see the devastating consequences when just one of our cells operates independently, outside of the laws of the body. Finally, we will explore the scriptural and physiological significance of blood and its ability to bring new life to those who are dead.
Does Money Make the World Go ‘Round? A survey of money, inflation, and international finance
Dr. John Rush
This course will explore the nature of money, its role in the national and international economy, and what it is that we love when we love money. We will discuss the key characteristics of money and survey the historical transition from commodity to fiat money. The role of the Federal Reserve System and impact of the money supply on the domestic economy will be examined, including the relationship between the money supply and hyperinflation. The operation of the global exchange rate system will be examined, including an evaluation of the dominant role of the U.S. dollar, exploration of exchange rate crises, and a survey of the role and origin of the International Monetary Fund. The enhanced understanding of money developed over the course will be applied to our lives as disciples of Jesus who want to resist the temptation to love money.
The Art of Place
Professor Jeffrey Morton
The subject of place is not a neutral one. Whether we recognize it or not, we all come from somewhere and are presently in a place. In this experiential class we will explore the subject in an art studio context informed by social and critical theory, and theological and Christian thinking about place. While walking the campus of Covenant College, making maps and notational drawing, and through the act of photography and journaling, we will ask the simple question: where do we belong?
Knowing Our Own Minds
Dr. Carole Yue
Our conscious and unconscious beliefs about how our minds work drive many of our behaviors. For example, our ideas about memory influence how we study, interpret eyewitness testimony, and even how we argue. However, many of our beliefs are inaccurate and can cause us to make bad decisions or miscommunicate without even realizing it.
This course will consider some of our basic beliefs about how our minds work and how we can use psychological science to improve our understanding of ourselves and the people around us.
The History of the Future
Dr. Jay Green
Human societies have been guided historically, in part, by the ways their members envision the futures that lie before them. As a result, select individuals throughout the ages have attempted to visualize–even predict–how life, technology, and society generally will look in times to come. While these visions have rarely proven accurate, each gives us unique, revealing glimpses into how peoples of the past understood themselves and their present circumstances.
This course examines the development of ideas about the future throughout human history, placing particular emphasis on the modern age and the context of the United States.