Course Offerings Fall 2020

HONR 220A: Intro to Economics (SS, SW, QR)
Dr. Louis Johnston
MWF, 9:30am-10:25am, Main 150, CSB

Includes both microeconomics and macroeconomics. The price system as a mechanism for directing resource allocation. Demand, supply and market equilibrium in perfectly competitive markets. Development and application of criteria for efficiency and equity. Measures of the performance of the macroeconomy. Circular flow, aggregate demand, aggregate supply and equilibrium within the context of an international economy. Nature and impact of monetary and fiscal policies upon output, price level and employment.


HONR 240A: Theological Explorations (GE,TH)
Dr. Vincent Smiles
TR, 9:55am-11:15am, HAB 101, CSB

An exploration of Christian theology in the context of our science-dominated world.  Study and discussions will focus on: 1) texts from the Bible, with a view to understanding just what the Bible is (and has become) as a record of human experience and as divine revelation; 2) the mechanisms of emergence and evolution, by which the universe has produced galaxies, Bible and meaning; 3) how the Bible and its traditions relate with modern science; 4) how to think critically both about the Bible and modern theological controversies; 5) how biblical religions relate with other religions of the world; 6) feminist hermeneutics and theology; 7) how Church, Eucharist & Benedictine values challenge modern society.  This course has a ‘gender’ designation.  How issues of gender intersect with texts, issues and themes of the course will be prominent in our discussions. 

HONR 250V: Confusingly Confucian: Creating East Asia to 1600 (HM)
Dr. Elisheva Perelman
MWF, 11:50am-12:45pm, Richarda N16/17, CSB

British philosopher Bertrand Russell often sneezed at Confucius' ideas, but he could never discount them. How is it that a long dead Chinese sage caused such allergies in an analytic philosopher in the 20th century? Why did Confucius, his contemporaries, his Asian detractors, and his disciples have such import in East Asian cosmology? And just what is this cosmology and how did it help to shape actions throughout the area? This course offers a glimpse into East Asian civilization--namely, the political, cultural, and social history of China, Japan, and Korea from the paleolithic era to the 17th century.

HONR 260A: Probability and Statistical Inference (MT)
Dr. Anne Sinko
MWF, 2:10pm-3:05pm, Main 150, CSB
Prereq: three years of college prep math

Graphs and charts, mean, median and other measures of location. Terminology and rules of elementary probability; normal distribution, random sampling, estimation of mean, standard deviation and proportions, correlation and regression, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses.  

HONR 310: Great Books (HM)
Dr. Scott Richardson, SJU
MWF, 10:20am-11:15am, Reinhart Learning Commons 391

A year-long discussion-based seminar for juniors and seniors which concentrates on many of the world's greatest works of literature and intellectual history. Students purchase a hundred books, from ancient to contemporary times, written by such authors as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Goethe, Austen, Marx, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Freud, Woolf, Faulkner, O'Connor, Ishiguro, Murdoch, Byatt, and Pynchon. Students selected for this seminar will read a number of these books during the summer as well as the two semesters and the rest over the course of their lives. Applications will be solicited and invitations made by the instructor. 

HONR 340B Christianity in Relation to Judaism (TU)
Dr. John Merkle
TR, 12:45pm-2:05pm, Quad 342, SJU

This course explores the origins of Judaism and Christianity and the history of Christian-Jewish relations, giving special emphasis to traditional Christian teachings about Judaism, anti-Jewish formulations of Christian faith, contemporary Christian affirmations of Judaism's abiding validity, and the implications of these new affirmations for Christian self-understanding and for Christian-Jewish relations.

HONR 390A: Medical Profession in the Modern World (ES)
Dr. Jeff Anderson
W, 6:15pm-9:15pm, Simons G10, SJU

The word “professional” today connotes an individual with well-developed skills, specialized knowledge, and expertise, who conforms to the standards of a profession. The original meaning of “professional” as one who “makes a profession of faith” in the face of demanding circumstances has been all but lost in the medical profession. This class will use the burgeoning literature of medicine, written by, for, and about medical professionals, in order to explore the full range of “professional” challenges facing today’s medical professionals. The practice of medicine is rife with ethical dilemmas. By exploring the efforts of medical professionals to counter the institutional forces that constrain them and to find their own solid ground to stand upon, this course aims to cultivate the habit of moral reflection in future medical professionals. Although this course will primarily focus on the experiences of medical doctors, it should also be of interest to those aspiring to other medical and non-medical careers.