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In the CWILT option, each of the courses is focused on a single area of study. As a result, you'll study a wide range of topics.

First Year Courses

Christianity and Western Culture (CWC - GES130)

Some historical figures you'll study:

  • Plato and Aristotle
  • Perpetua
  • Augustine
  • Benedict
  • Hildegard of Bingen
  • Aquinas
  • Erasmus
  • Machiavelli
  • Luther and Calvin
  • De Las Casas
  • Descartes and Pascal
  • Locke
  • Wollstonecraft

The main questions you'll explore:

  1. How should Christians relate to their surrounding culture?
  2. Who am I, and who should I be?
  3. Who am I in relationship to others?
  4. How do I answer these questions?

College Writing (GES110)

You'll hone your ability to explore ideas in written form by learning to:

  • Write from questions of depth, passion, and relevance
  • Write with purpose that organizes, focuses, and motivates
  • Write to converse with real and powerful people in ways that earn their respect

You'll have the opportunity to practice and refine your academic writing process through:

  • Planning, prewriting, and researching to explore a topic
  • Drafting to refine your ideas
  • Revising to support your position
  • Editing to communicate with clarity and grace

The writing process:

  • Planning/prewriting
  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Editing

Other topics:

  • Thesis formulation, development, and support
  • Conventions of writing (grammar, usage, and mechanics)
  • Ownership of information and creative work (issues of plagiarism, copyright, and ethical management of information)
  • Information literacy competencies

Introduction to the Creative Arts (ICA - GES125)

ICA highlights the crucial role of art in human experience. In interacting with works of art chosen from music, visual arts, and theatre, you will learn to look and listen critically, develop skill in the use of artistic language as a tool for interpretation and evaluation, and reflect on artistic works from a Christian worldview.

As part of the course you will attend world-class events such as The Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall, visual art exhibits at The Minneapolis Institute of Art, and plays at The Guthrie Theatre.

Second Year Courses

Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L)

Contemporary Western Life and Thought courses address the question, "What does it mean to live in a Western culture in the 21st century, given the influences of the past 200 years?"

Examples of L courses:

  • ECO225L Redevelopment of the Central City
  • ENS205L Sustainable Living
  • HIS200L American Civilization
  • PHI223L Introduction to Gender Studies
  • POS216L American Constitutional History
  • THA291L Theatre in the Modern Age

Christian Theology (THE201)

Topics include:

  • Scripture (inspiration and inerrancy)
  • God (Trinity)
  • The person and work of Jesus Christ (incarnation and atonement)
  • Salvation (justification and sanctification)
  • Last things (heaven and hell)

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