Freshman Honors Summer Academy Courses
Completed Freshman Year Spring 2022
Select two courses from two different subject areas!
Debate: How to Argue Social Issues from a Christian Perspective without Being a Jerk
Dr. Brian Simmons. Christians in today’s American culture often find themselves in situations where they are discussing social issues with people who don’t share a Christian worldview—or with those who do but disagree with you. Too often in such situations, Christians become “jerks” practicing uncivil discourse and damaging the name of Christ. Therefore, this course is designed to equip you with rudimentary argumentation techniques and civil discourse practices.
Fantasy Literature: Heroes in the Making
Mr. Chris Rosser. Heroes in the Making explores the hero as a character in myth and story, ancient and modern. From the clay etchings of Gilgamesh to colorful embodiments in graphic novels, hero characters live, move, and have their being among us, so pervasive that we largely take the hero archetype for granted. But what makes a hero? Through select readings and guided engagement with diverse media (including anime, film, comics, storytelling, and song), students analyze, celebrate, and problematize the hero archetype. Lovers of story and aspiring writers will deepen appreciation for heroes in the making: the construction of hero characters we know and love, heroes who inhabit fiction’s other worlds. But fiction has this power: what we learn in story is formative and follows us out, so that we also are (each of us) heroes in the making.
Introduction to Apologetics: Faith, Doubt and Evidence
Dr. Jim Baird. Many Christians want to know what to say that will help others understand why we believe what we believe. This class is a start on learning exactly that. We will understand some of the powerful evidences God has provided for Himself and for faith in Jesus. Through readings and classroom discussion, students will begin learning to give answers about their faith. Answers without anger and without timidity. Answers given in kindness and in love.
Introduction to Engineering I
Professor Kevin Plumlee. This course is designed to introduces you to electrical, computer and mechanical engineering studies through lectures, problem solving, and an applied lab experiences. You will study the various approaches to engineering using the lab as an illustration of how engineers develop and implement solutions in their fields.
The undergraduate Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.
Introduction to Wise Business Practices
Dr. Burt Smith. This course explores the world of business, the free enterprise system, and why a career in the business world is not only consistent with God’s will, but offers opportunities for far-reaching service. Students will gain an understanding of what business is, its major functions, and how the business leader is both a steward and a servant. Whether the student chooses business as formal study or not, he or she will learn skills that can be used in any career.
Life-Giving & Life-Saving Chemistry
Dr. Amanda Nichols. A hands-on introduction to the chemistry of life. From biomolecules that make up living beings to synthetic molecules capable of saving lives, the power of the One True God is revealed through the chemistry that makes life possible.