Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion
- Expresses Complex Ideas
- Debates Conflicting Perspectives
- Provides Historic Contexts
These courses explore life’s greatest questions by discussing classic and modern philosophers, psychology, and world religions. They develop skills to express complex ideas, challenge orthodoxy, and expose underlying assumptions.
To counter modern-day life’s intrusions upon our attention and humanity, explore the principles and practices of mindfulness and compassion.
Explore how the Mahayana Buddhist concepts of compassion and wisdom can serve as the basis for a healthy, happy, and meaningful life.
Explore the myriad of ways that writers have drawn from the Bible as a source for ideas.
Gain a basic understanding of the beliefs and practices of the world’s major religions.
Learn about major developments in theories of the mind, from ancient Greece to neuropsychology.
Trace philosophy’s roots, from the myths of poets, through the pre-Socratic philosophers, to maturity in Athens with Plato and Aristotle.
Explore Western culture’s psychological theories of dreaming, and look at current research about how dreaming functions and what it means.
Read the first five books of the Bible, tracing the processes by which they were formed and considering the multiple contexts that informed them.
Explore themes—love, death, evil, suffering, and forgiveness—across religious and literary texts from the Western canon and beyond.
Explore the grand themes and philosophical ideas that inspired ancient Greek dramatists.
Examine law and the judicial process in the ancient Near East.
Explore timeless questions about art from a philosophical perspective: What is the significance of art? How is it meant to be understood?
Using existing literature and art, explore women’s position in the sociopolitical sphere of the Ancient Near East.