A Pathway is a University-wide emphasis consisting of select sections of existing courses. Students must complete 21 credits in courses assigned to a specific Pathway. Completion of Pathway requirements culminates in a transcript designation and certificate upon degree completion. Pathway options promotes better enrollment decisions and prepares students for future success in an area of interest.
Great Texts Pathway
The Great Texts Pathway embraces the tradition of education that began in ancient Greece with Socrates, was used by centuries of educators in ancient and medieval church, was taken up by the Lutheran reformers in Wittenberg, and has been handed down to us by the Saxon immigrants who landed on Perry County, Missouri. That tradition of education puts texts and conversation fires, and lets Holy Scripture be the first of all texts. This Pathway therefore reflects not only our identity and mission as a Lutheran university, but also our spiritual and academic heritage.
The Great Texts Pathway (GTP) consists of courses from diverse disciplines but united by the emphasis on the close reading and vigorous discussion of primary texts. GTP courses prepare students to read and to speak well with others about what they read. These skills have broad application throughout the curriculum and across the spectrum of vocations. Students who complete 21 credits of GTP courses and apply for admission to the program will receive a GTP designation on their transcript and a certificate of completion. GTP courses are also open to all students without admission requirements or obligation to complete the program. Questions about the program, upcoming courses, or students seeking program admission should contact the coordinator, Dr. Jason Soenksen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The following is a list of courses that could potentially be offered in the Great Text Pathway format. Not all courses or all sections of courses will be available or offered in this format each semester.
|Please see the Great Texts Pathway coordinator for specific courses with CRNs being offered each semester.|
|CCE 120||Western Thought & Worldview||3|
|CCE 140||Science & Humanity||3|
|CSC 180||Systems Integration||3|
|ENG 190||Intro to English Studies||3|
|ENG 344||British Literature I||3|
|ENG 475||Literary Criticism||3|
|GRK 401||Luke & Septuagint||3|
|GRK 402||NT & Septuagint||3|
|PHIL 201||Central Texts of Philosophy||3|
|PHIL 250||Moral Phil:Right & Wrong||3|
|PHIL 333||Special Topics||3|
|PHIL 334||Christ and Culture||3|
|PHIL 380||Philosophy of Language||3|
|PHIL 400||Ancient Philosophy||3|
|PHIL 410||Medieval Philosophy||3|
|PHIL 450||Modern Philosophy||3|
|PHYS 275||Modern Physics||3|
|REL 100||The Bible||3|
|REL 110||Christian Faith||3|
|REL 310||Religion in America Today||3|
|REL 333||A Survey of Christian Thought||3|
|REL 335||The Person and Work of Christ||3|
|REL 336||God, Man, and Creation||3|
|REL 347||Law/Gosp Life in Church||3|
|REL 404||Lutheran Confessions||3|
|REL 440||Lutheran Worship Theol & Pract||3|