Courses of the College
The colleges offer a variety of courses which extend beyond the boundaries of a single discipline. These courses often are designed to fulfill core curriculum requirements.
Cross-disciplinary Courses (CORE)
100, 101 First-Year Seminar. (4,4)
Courses which meet the First-year Seminar requirement appear in the class schedule.
201 Transfer Seminar. (4)
Course designed to meet the First-Year Seminar requirement for transfer students. Note: This course is not available for students whose transferred courses were completed prior to high school graduation. Prerequisite: approval of Academic Advising office.
340-369 Judeo-Christian Heritage. (4)
Courses focus in depth and breadth on an area of Judeo-Christian culture. Courses which meet the Judeo-Christian Heritage requirement appear in the class schedule. They are cross-listed with departmental courses or interdisciplinary courses listed below (COLG 340-369).
390 Senior Seminar. (4)
Courses which meet the Senior Seminar requirement appear in the class schedule.
Interdisciplinary Courses (COLG)
111, 112 Issues in Natural Science:
A Process Oriented Approach. (4,4)
A two-course sequence intended primarily for elementary education majors. It examines carefully the process of science using hands-on, inquiry (guided discovery) based activities and cooperative learning techniques. An additional major focus is to examine the interconnections between science and society. The content is not defined in the typical disciplinary way, but is defined in terms of the processes of science, key concepts that unify science and current issues that have surfaced as a result of the interaction of science and society. Lecture and laboratory. Required for elementary education majors. Prerequisite for 111: Passing grade on the mathematics proficiency exam. Prerequisite for 112: COLG 111.
116 Energy and Modern World. (4)
Study of the principles, forms and sources of energy throughout nature and society, the nature of scientific inquiry and the history of energy concepts and major energy technologies. Special topics include energy consumption and production, energy cycles in the biosphere, energy laws, nuclear energy, solar energy and new energy technologies for the 21st century.
130 EMT Basic. (4)
This course covers basic minimal emergency care required to work on an ambulance or a first responder squad. The course offers basic to more advanced techniques of pre-hospital emergency care. Prerequisite: CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
140 Healthy Lifestyles: Introduction to Health Professionals. (1-4)
An interdisciplinary course designed for students with an interest in health. Course participants function as a learning community and study the effect of health on their learning. Emphasis is on inter-relating physiological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of health. Concepts include health assessment, prevention of illness and injury, and promotion of a healthy lifestyle using psychosocial theories and quantitative and qualitative research. The impact of the social and physical environment on lifestyle and access to health services is included. General concepts of professional legal and ethical parameters are also included. Prerequisites: Nursing and Dietetics majors have priority enrollment.
220 World Perspectives on Health. (4)
This course studies selected world health problems within the social, cultural, political and economic realities of both western and non-western countries. Learners explore obstacles to health and the incidence and management of health problems within the cultural context. Summer.
280 Summer Topics Courses. (1-4)
A series of topics courses offered during the summer term.
310 International Education: Core Topics. (4)
The traditions of the liberal arts and the Benedictine character of Saint Benedict’s and Saint John’s emphasize the need to develop in students an ability to lead responsible lives in a contemporary world. This concern has always been a central element in notions about striving for a ‘good life,’ leading a life of civic responsibility, a life of personal integration, a life of ‘wholeness.’ At the junior/senior level of the curriculum, this objective implies that explicit and focused attention be paid to developing the ability to make good moral judgments on issues that affect our lives. The course is discussion-based and focuses on complex ethical issues which resist easy, once-for-all-time solutions. Faculty for these courses are chosen from all disciplines. Each section, taught by a different faculty member, uses a different theme to accomplish the goals described above. Every International Education Senior Seminar will have a different specific course description. Prerequisite: acceptance into a specific CSB/SJU International Education Program.
311 Contemporary Global Topics. (2)
A discussion and writing course that is designed for students returning from a study abroad experience who wish to deepen their understanding of contemporary global issues. A recently returned study abroad director will select books, articles and other media that are appropriate for discussion by students returning from any study abroad program.
350 History of Science. (4)
A survey course tracing the development of modern science from its early roots in Greece, through the Islamic and medieval period, up to the scientific revolution and Darwin.
360 Spirituality and the College Athlete: Male Spirituality/Sexuality. (4)
This course will use the experience of the athlete as the point of departure for a consideration of the interplay between male sexuality, masculine identity and spirituality, and the ways in which these might be better integrated. By examining concepts found in long-established and contemporary studies of spirituality and male sexuality, students will arrive at a better understanding of the body/spirit dualism evident in much of the tradition. Of special interest will be the ways in which male sexuality, masculine identity and spirituality affect men’s relationships with God, self and others. Underlying this course is the assumption that the development of a personal spirituality will help one to be more attentive to the voice of God, more aware of the meaning of one’s own existence, and better able to form communities founded on respect for individual persons.
363 Theology and Science. (4)
The historical relationship between science and both biblical interpretation and religious doctrine. Interpretations of the natural world, human nature and knowledge. Special attention given to the Galileo case and evolution.
Possible courses taught abroad:
COLG 190 Language and Culture of Greece and Italy.