The King's College
Common Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum Courses


College Writing I

Students will develop competency in the art of writing, with an emphasis on the personal essay. This course includes: a brief review of grammar and usage, frequent practice in writing compositions and analysis of selected essays as models for writing.

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: ENG 110 LEC

 


Research Writing 

An emphasis on academic writing in order for students to develop competency in the areas of research and analysis. Particular emphasis is placed upon the collection of information through varying sources, the citation of that information and student response to such information in the appropriate academic format.

Pre-requisite: ENG110LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: ENG 120

 


Quantitative Reasoning

This is an introductory course in arithmetical, geometric and algebraic analysis that introduces students to the place of mathematics in the quest for truth in the conversation of Western civilization. It is designed to equip students to understand basic issues in economics, financial management, business, science, and public policy in a way that sensitizes them to the use and abuse of mathematical reasoning in the public square. Beginning with standard arithmetical, geometric and algebraic concepts and manipulations, quantitative analytical skills will be extended to more complex quantitative analysis focused on applications of linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions, as well as systems of linear equations, infinite sequences and series, basic combinatorial analysis, and elementary probability theory.

Pre-requisite: No pre-requisite, though passing high school grades in algebra I and geometry or their equivalents would be very helpful.

Students who take MAT-155 for credit may not take MAT-160 for credit.

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: MAT 155

 


Christianity and Society

An overview and analysis of Christianity as a total worldview system, in comparison to other worldviews, and the implications of human dignity for flourishing religious, economic, and political liberties.

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: REL 110

 


Foundations of Philosophy

This course introduces students to fundamental ideas and principles in the discipline of philosophy. Students will learn the basics of philosophical logic, become familiar with central questions in the history of philosophy, and reflect on the relationship between faith and reason, while learning to apply logical and critical methods to those topics.

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: PHL 110

 


Introduction to Economics

The course is designed to introduce students to both microeconomic and macroeconomic topics. Students will be introduced to ideas regarding incentives, constraints, opportunity costs, and the unintended consequences of good intentions. The course will also cover basic concepts such as rationality, the price mechanism, specialization and exchange, and Christian stewardship. On completing the course, students will be equipped with the basic mathematical skills necessary for understanding economic theory.

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: ECO 110

 


Foundations of Politics

This course explores fundamental questions about the nature of politics in all countries and in every age. It addresses questions about liberty and tyranny, the individual and the community, religion and politics, and does so through a selection of great political literature, speeches and documents. We ask: What is the best way of life, the best form of government, the purpose of government, the range of political activity, the sources of disorder, the responsibilities of citizens, the obligations of Christians, and the place of religion, morality, and philosophical reflection in political life? As guides in this enterprise, we will study the writings of some of the, poets, historians, theologians, and political theorists.

Equivalent: POL-210 LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: POL 110

 


Introduction to the Literature of the Hebrew Scriptures

An introduction to the distinctive genres of the Hebrew Scriptures, coupled with hermeneutical principles and methodology for each. Emphasis is given to the development of motivation and aptitude for study and interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures, as well as application to life. Course assignments will center on acquisition of practical skills useful for independent study of the Hebrew Scriptures.

Pre-requisite: REL110LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: REL 112

 


Introduction to New Testament Literature

An introduction to the distinctive genres of New Testament literature, coupled with hermeneutical principles and  methodology for each. Emphasis is given to the development of motivation and aptitude for study and  interpretation of the New Testament, as well as application to life. Course assignments will center on acquisition of  practical skills useful for independent study of the New Testament.

Pre-requisite: REL-112 LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: REL 211

 


Western Civilization I

Students will focus on the development of civilization with considerable attention to the contributions of Greek, Roman, and Medieval European civilizations to the development of the modern world. This course serves as a framework for the integration and understanding of all other liberal arts.

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: HIS 111

 


Western Civilization II

Students will examine the development of civilization with considerable attention to the contributions of the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the Scientific Revolution to the development of the modern world. After becoming familiar with the great events and personalities that have shaped the west, students will identify major philosophical trends that have created the modern world.

Pre-requisite: HIS111LEC

Equivalent: HIS112LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: HIS 212

 


Microeconomics

An introduction to microeconomic theory and analysis, focusing on decision making by individuals, households and firms. Key economic principles of scarcity, cost-benefit analysis, comparative advantage, supply and demand and the role of prices and free markets are introduced. Issues of public policy are frequently discussed to highlight applications of these principles.

Pre-requisite: ECO110LEC and (MAT155 or 160 or 170/270)

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: ECO 211

 


Scientific Reasoning

This course is an historically informed introduction to modern physics, astronomy, cosmology, chemistry, and biology, with the goal of attaining a broad conceptual understanding of contemporary science, its empirical basis, and its harmonious relationship with the Christian worldview. Given the intellectual authority of science in modern Western civilization, it is impossible to engage the surrounding culture effectively with the claims of Christ without having a broad-based scientific literacy, a deep understanding of the deleterious effects that naturalistic presuppositions have had on both science and culture, the philosophical and scientific basis on which assumptions may be challenged, and a well-defined understanding that relates the biblical worldview to the world of science. The course will involve lecture, discussion, and laboratory components.

Pre-requisite: PHL110LEC and (MAT155LEC or MAT160LEC or MAT170LEC)

Equivalent: SCI312LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: SCI 212

 


American Political Thought and Practice

This course is the first half of a two-semester sequence that unfolds the history of the American regime through a careful study of key public documents, speeches, and literary works. Special attention is given to the colonial antecedents of the American republic, the principles and practice of the founding generation, and the controversies among the second and third generations of American statesmen over slavery and democratization and the reconceptualizations of the American regime that supported them.

Pre-requisite: POL110LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: POL 311

 


American Political Thought and Practice II

This course is the second half of a two-semester sequence that unfolds the history of the American regime through a careful study of key public documents, speeches, and literary works. Special attention is given to the rise of Pragmatism, Pluralism, Progressivism, the internationalization of American politics, the growth of the American state, the question of American supremacy or decline, and debates over the trajectory of the American regime in the 21st century.

Pre-requisite POL311LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: POL 313

 


Economic Thought and Practice

This class introduces students to the range of economic ideas that have informed the development of economic systems, policies, and punditry. It also assesses the results of attempts to put these ideas into practice, leading to conclusions about how constructive these ideas have proven to be. The course is organized around the visions of economic life associated with such figures as Adam Smith, T.R. Malthus, Karl Marx, J.M. Keynes, and various Christian leaders. The course addresses both historical and contemporary expressions and applications of these ideas.

Pre-requisites: ECO211LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: ECO 311

 


Historical Theology

An introduction to theology for liberal arts students which addresses the philosophical and historical basis of Christian biblical theology. Particular attention is given to the doctrine of humanity and salvation.

Pre-requisite: REL112LEC and REL211LEC

Equivalent: REL412LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: REL 312

 


Persuasive Writing and Speaking

To prepare King’s students to speak and write well, this course offers instruction on how to write short persuasive essays such as those suitable for publication as op-ed articles in newspapers or commentary in political magazines. Students will gain further experience in the preparation and delivery of speeches, stressing organization, logical thinking and poise in the integrated use of the body and voice in effective expression. Students will enroll in program specific sessions to enhance their career opportunities.

Pre-requisite: ENG120LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: ENG 412

 


Ethics

This course provides an overview of major ethical theories and helps students to form a systematic treatment of ethics and morality. Included will be the nature of values and moral values; considerations of human freedom; the sources and forms of moral goodness, moral evil, and moral obligation; evaluations of major theories; and the specific nature of Christian ethics.

Pre-requisite: PHL110LEC

Equivalent: PHL361LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: PHL 361