Intersections Courses

Colloquia:

INTS 130 Scholars Colloquium

1 hour

This is a 1-credit course that provides small-group discussions of readings, of local or national current events, or of the amazing cultural and intellectual events available on campus. Some sections of the colloquium focus on a particular theme for the semester; others range more broadly to include attendance at such events as lectures (by Luther faculty members and visiting scholars and dignitaries), concerts (ranging from classical to jazz to contemporary), theatre and dance performances, poetry readings, and art shows. The various sections of Scholars Colloquium are taught by faculty members from across the curriculum.

INTS 350 Civic Engagement

1 hour

This 1-credit colloquium is a project-driven course designed to inspire participation in the communities in which we live and to encourage students to use their knowledge and passion to live out Luther College's mission to "serve with distinction for the common good." The objective of this course will be to identify and understand a local or global challenge and tackle a piece of it. Students will collaborate to research a problem, design an action plan, carry out a project, and report on their project and its outcomes.

INTS 450 Global Positioning for Service (GPS)

1 hour

What now? How have all of your college learning experiences prepared you for life after Luther? This 1-credit colloquium will ask students to reflect on their goals, their research experience, and their learning in relation to opportunities for graduate school, career, citizenship, and leadership in the larger world. It will emphasize investigation of and reflection on contemporary global issues and needs, as well as analyzing potential solutions and how we individually and collectively might use our learning, gifts, and skills to address them. Junior/senior standing expected.

Seminars:

INTS 185 First Year Seminar (Great Debates)

4 hours

What have been some of the most momentous debates in human history, and how did they influence the lives of people both then and now? Why were these issues so controversial, and why did they matter so much to those involved? How have these debates change the world— or have they? These first-year seminars will explore in depth one or more of these "great debates" (think evolution, geocentrism, empire, civil rights, and more) and their role in shaping how we see ourselves and the world. This course is open to all first-year students, but intended for those wanting to explore the Scholars Intersections Program.

INTS 200 Then and Now

4 hours

Then and Now courses take a historical and interdisciplinary approach to foundational topics in the liberal arts, focused on major questions that have emerged in the human quest for the common good. Their goal is to enrich students' liberal arts education by helping them understand major crossroads in the development of human responses to questions about the natural world, human society, and ultimate meaning and values. These courses will examine the major conceptual developments that have shaped the modern world.

INTS 300 The Human Quest

4 hours

The Human Quest seminars engage students in examining the challenges of defining and realizing "the common good." What do we mean by justice, by truth, by beauty, by freedom, by "good" (and more), and how can we bring knowledge from many disciplines and voices to bear on moving human society toward these goals? Each course focuses on one "ideal" or "idea"— a big concept in one word (signaling the simplicity yet complexity of the concept) that opens new worlds and possibilities for our shared future and our place in it. Human Quest seminars provide more focused study and reflection than the broader 200-level Intersections Then and Now courses. Although there is no specific prerequisite for this course, all work will require students to bring knowledge from various fields (their disciplines or interests) and to contribute their perspectives at a junior or senior level at Luther.

Individualized Research Opportunities:

INTS 375 Directed Study

1, 2, or 4 hours

INTS 389 Directed Research

1, 2, or 4 hours

INTS 493 Senior Honors Project

4 hours

Consult specific departmental guidelines.