Inheritance Courses

During their first and second years, students are immersed in a rigorous study of the Western intellectual tradition, framed by Christian faith, from antiquity to the present. Students read engaging, challenging texts and then participate in focused, Socratic dialogue facilitated by faculty members. In addition to these dialogues, students write and present conference papers that demonstrate their understanding and application of ideas from the texts.

Students will encounter more open-ended questions in these classes, they will enjoy a lower faculty-to-student ratio, and they will work more directly with the questions at the heart of the disciplines they study.

Course Sequence

HNRS 3301 Wisdom of the Ancients

Surveys the development of the Western intellectual tradition from its earliest Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian sources.

HNRS 3302 Medieval and Renaissance Measurements of Humanity

Surveys the impact of Christendom and the recovery of ancient sources on Western thought and the understanding of human purpose.

HNRS 3303 Inquiring Minds of Early Modernity

Surveys the revolutionary changes in the conception of the self and the pursuit of knowledge brought about by the Christian Reformation and the Age of Enlightenment.

HNRS 3304 Being Human in the Modern World

Surveys the challenges of living within a coherent, consistent worldview in the face of dramatic--and at times traumatic--technological, industrial, and scientific advancements.