Micah Program Coursework for Academic Year 2016 - 2017
arrival at the University, freshmen enroll in special sections
of introductory courses that encourage interdisciplinary study
and reflection and, in most cases, satisfy university Core
requirements. Since enrollment is limited, classes are small,
allowing participants to work closely with their instructors
and their fellow students.
COURSES FOR FALL 2016 - Micah first-year students take two courses together in special sections.
In special sections, all Micah first-year students take:
THEO 1000 Theological Foundations (3). The Micah section of this course examines the foundations of Christian Theology by exploring the origins and development of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures. Offers examples and perspectives that lead to an understanding of God and the human person as connected in a covenant of just relationships. Concludes by integrating Greek and Biblical notions of justice and applying that integration to issues of social injustice in our own time.
And, students in the women’s community take:
THEO/WGST 2930 Women, Faith, and Social Movements (3). Religious faith has long provided essential spiritual resources and practical organizing structures necessary for launching and sustaining activist movements. This course explores connections between gender, religious belief, and social activism in the late twentieth-century. Drawing from sources that include theology, history, journalism, and memoir, we will examine the spiritual underpinnings of a variety of approaches to social justice as well as the tangible work of activist movements. We will inquire into the theological and activist interventions of women representing a variety of faiths, including Islam, Native American spiritualties, and new religious movements, while placing a special focus on Catholic activism in the United States, including the work of religious sisters. CO-REQUSITE: THEO 1000.
And, students in the co-ed community take:
PHIL 1050 Historical Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality (3). The Micah section of this course, taught with THEO 100, focuses primarily on the writings of Plato and Aristotle as central figures in the historical period when Western humanity first began to use reason to develop systematic philosophy. Careful attention is given to texts on the human person and the concept of justice. Concludes, as THEO 100 does, by integrating Greek and Biblical notions of justice with application to current issues of social injustice. CO-REQUSITE: THEO 1000.
COURSES FOR SPRING 2017 - All Micah students take at least one of the four courses listed here.
AAM 2010-01/01H Contemporary Black America (3) A study into the current issues and problems facing and impacting the African American society from the 1960's through today. This course also examines the present leadership in Black America and delves into a treatment of future directions and problems facing the society. Fulfills a Cultural Diversity core requirement for most majors.
ASTD 2700 Gender, Race, Social Justice (3) Examines the intersection of gender and race with other categories of analysis (class, religion, sexuality, nation) in historical and contemporary social justice movements in the United States. Topics include role of race in movements for gender equality, as well as the impact of gender on movements for racial justice. Fulfills the Cultural Diversity in the United States requirement
ASTD 3200-01/01H The Urban Crisis (3) Micah secions only (ASTD 3200-39, 40, 41, 42). Examines the roots and dimensions of the urban crisis that has transformed American metropolitan areas since World War II. Students investigate major urban problems such as racial segregation and poverty, white flight and suburban sprawl, public housing and urban renewal, riots and insurrections, job loss and industrial change. Can be taken for Honors credit. Fulfills both a Social Science and a "Cultural Diversity in the U.S." core requirement for most majors.
LAS 3000-01/01H Introduction to Latin American Studies (3) This course is designed to give students a general introduction to the societies, cultures, economies, and politics of Latin America. Topics covered include colonialism, and its contemporary legacies, the role of historically-marginalized groups, authoritarianism and violence, and the economic basis of modern Latin American societies. Students do not need to be majoring or minoring in Latin American Studies.
Also offered: Students who have not yet taken their freshman writing core are urged to take it in the special Micah section in either the fall or spring:
ENGL 1900 Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research (3) The Micah section of this course engages students in writing about urban problems. The course emphasizes skills in analytical reading, critical thinking, persuasive argumentation, and research.