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A Curriculum in Faith and Learning

There are four core courses for the University Honors Program in litteris fideque, offered on a two-year cycle (two courses each year). Honors students take the four core courses during their first two years at Concordia, so that each incoming class of Honors students takes these courses together with the class adjacent to theirs. The courses will focus in turn on the stated objectives of the program, each course integrating selected arts and sciences with the gospel and embracing a distinctly global perspective. As indicated by the descriptions, the courses are inter-disciplinary. Various distinguished faculty with disciplinary expertise together challenge students to inquiry, debate, self-reflection, scholarship, and service.

The Theoretical Year

Fall term of even-numbered years; spring term of odd-numbered years.

  • HON110 -- Perspectives, Approaches, and the Gospel (8 credits)
    Using primary texts and artifacts set in their historical/cultural contexts, students examine the ways in which peoples of the west, east, and south have apprehended their world, humanity, and God over time. Sciences, arts, and the religious texts of Christianity will serve to challenge students to develop a world view that integrates faith and learning.
  • HON120 -- Hearing Their Voices: Globalism, Justice and the Lives of the Marginalized (8 credits)
    Students explore the needs of the world through the eyes of the poor and the marginalized. Students assess global conditions of population, health, economic development, ecology, and political expression in view of human responsibility for creation and the Biblical concern for the poor. Students analyze theoretical and practical approaches to addressing global inequities and needs.

The Practical Year 

Fall term of odd-numbered years; spring term of even-numbered years.

  • HON210 -- Being Human and Christian in an Interconnected World (8 credits)
    Students explore their values and beliefs in view of the needs of the less fortunate and the impact of human life on the planet. Particular attention is paid to the role of technology in contemporary life. Students explore Christian concepts of vocation and service. Students begin work on their Honors Projects.
  • HON220 -- Scholarship and Service for the Sake of the Others (8 credits)
    Students develop and practice models of learning and service on behalf of others and the world. Students integrate their chosen discipline and their Christianity in their Honors Projects.


During the senior year, students in the University Honors Program reconvene to put their knowledge and gifts into practice for the good of others.

  • HON410 -- Building for Eternity (capstone; 2 credits)
    During their senior year, honors students reconvene to explore again the integration of faith and learning for the sake of others and the world. Through a final project in their chosen discipline, students set a course for on-going learning and service in the context of the Christian gospel.

Each course will be administered by the faculty of the University Honors Program and will be taught by a team of faculty representing the major academic disciplines of the university.


Fall 2013:  Zeta and Eta Students in HON210
(Being Human and Christian in an Interconnected World)


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