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Winter 2020 Courses and Scholarships in History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

HPR (History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies) is offering four courses during the Winter 2020 term. See below for details.

Scholarships are available for the Winter term:

HIS 300A: US History through Horror Film

Dr. Josh Lynn

In this six-week Winter course, we will ask what horror films tell us about American history. This class is a history of horror films and a history of the United States through horror films. We will use horror films as primary sources to learn about different time periods. From silent films to Frankenstein, from 1950s Sci-Fi to the slashers of the 1970s and 1980s, we will explore what America’s monsters tell us about the past. 

Please email Dr. Lynn with any questions:


HIS 100: Ancient Empires

Dr. Catherine Stearn

Travel the Ancient World in only 6 weeks without ever leaving home and simultaneously fulfil your Gen Ed 5A requirement! This class will cover the rise of many of the first civilizations in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia as well as the origins of many of the world’s religious and cultural practices.  Students will also study how these various cultures interacted and influenced each other from their inception until 1500. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Stearn at


PHI 110: Beginning Philosophy (Gen Ed. E-3B)

Dr. Steve Parchment

This class is a topically arranged survey of some of the principal issues, positions, and arguments in the history of Western philosophy. Over the course of the semester, we’ll explore questions about knowledge and reality; God and evil; causality and freewill; mind and body; and morality and the nature of happiness. And we’ll discuss a variety of philosophers and texts from ancient Greece to the present day, including selections from the works of Plato, Epicurus, Augustine, Descartes, Hume and Kant.


REL 301: World Religions (Gen Ed.  E-3B)

Dr. Abraham Velez De Cea

This class provides a study of the basic notions found in the world's great religions. Attention is given to the historical context of the development of these religions and to the doctrines, rituals, and literature produced by them. This class serves as both a General Education course and can be part of your Philosophy major or minor as well.

Published on October 02, 2020

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