All Carthage students are required to take two Intellectual Foundations seminars, usually during the fall and spring semesters of the freshman year. Scroll down to read descriptions of the Intellectual Foundations seminars, or click on the following links for additional resources.
Intellectual Foundations I
In Western Heritage I, foundational texts are used to illustrate how topics, ideas, and questions develop through the course of Western philosophy, political thought, spirituality, science, and literature. Texts are read in roughly chronological order and discussed in seminar to reveal how thinkers over time have borrowed from, adapted, and challenged ideas from preceding generations. Possible topics for course discussion may include, for example, justice, love, happiness, the one and the many, order and disorder, or faith and reason. Coursework includes substantial argumentatitive writing, and classes will be supplemented from time to time with field trips, guest speakers, and experts on campus.
Intellectual Foundations II
As a continuation of Western Heritage I, course seminars explore ideas raised in the Renaissance, Enlightenment, and our modern era. As the range and treatment of concepts from different fields and time periods proceeds, the course draws together the divergent strands that compose the complex history of Western thought. Students continue to examine course texts in relation to various topics. Coursework includes substantial argumentative writing, supplemented from time to time with field trips, guest speakers, and experts on campus.
Prerequsite: COR 1100