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.
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.
The Language of Nature: How do plants & animals communicate?
Dr. Heath Garris
Have you ever walked in the forest and thought it was unbearably quiet, but with some stillness you noticed a chorus of bird and insect songs? To us, these sounds are foreign. (Some are convinced they are beautiful, others not so much.) To the creatures that produce them, they represent a necessary component of daily life. In fact, much of what we see and hear in nature is masterfully effective communication; we just aren't the intended recipients.
This course is a survey of plant and animal communication, with an emphasis on field-based methods and foundations in scientific inquiry. Students will gain experience in interpreting and identifying communication from plants, birds, bats, and insects and form a basis for understanding the multi-modality of communication in nature.
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?
Robert Erle Barham, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert Erle Barham will teach "The Art of Literary Analysis." Dr. Barham is an associate professor of English at Covenant College. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.Phil. in Medieval and Renaissance Literature from the University of Cambridge. He has taught at Covenant since 2012, and his teaching and research interests include Renaissance literature, Shakespeare, Christianity and literature, and creative nonfiction.
John Rush, Ph.D.
Dr. John Rush will teach "Does Money Make the World Go ‘Round? A survey of money, inflation, and international finance." Dr. Rush is an assistant professor of economics at Covenant College, and he is the book review editor for Faith and Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Hawaii and a master of international management degree from Whitworth University. Dr. Rush came to teach at Covenant because he believes that our economic lives are a fundamental and fascinating part of both what it means to be an image-bearer and how we carry out Christ's ministry of reconciliation. His research interests include natural disasters, education, and poverty.
Heath Garris, Ph.D.
Dr. Heath Garris will teach "The Language of Nature." Dr. Garris is an assistant professor of biology at Covenant College, as well as curator and advocate for the Covenant College BioInventory. He holds a PhD in integrated bioscience from the University of Akron and is passionate about teaching environmental science to Covenant students. He believes that environmental stewardship is a calling worthy of Christ's followers who are earnestly seeking to be His agents in the redemption of all creation. In his research, he addresses questions that require ecological knowledge to solve long-term challenges for creation.