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Team-Taught Classes

Integrated Humanities and Theology

After completing the first tier, students are eligible to take integrated course sequence —Integrated Humanities I & II and/or Integrated Theology I & II. Both are team-taught by honors faculty, two-semester courses and limited to 25 students.

"I loved Integrated Humanities. That class was crazy!  I worked harder & learned more in that class than I ever have in any other class.  We got to hear from so many different speakers & were exposed to such a great variety of ideas and literature.  It was so different from any other class I was taking & although it wasn't directly related to my major, I'd say it was simply a good class in developing as a human.  It's been over a year now, and yet so many of the projects & discussions we had in that class I can still easily recall. If that's not a sign that real learning was happening, I don't know what is." -- Emily Hackett '16 (Math Education)


Integrated Humanities is one of the most challenging two-semester courses JBU offers. Students study transformative ideas in literature, philosophy, music and the arts from Classical Antiquity up to the 20th Century. Students integrate texts and adapt ideas from art, music or other fields of study. For example, you may be asked to write a "Canterbury Tale" or an existential one-act play, discussing how these "forms" express important ideas from the culture(s) out of which they arose.Trips to regional art museums are also part of the class.

Texts include, but are not limited to:

  • Homer
  • Virgil
  • Augustine
  • Cervantes
  • Shakespeare
  • Descartes
  • Poe
  • Sartre
  • Derrida

Integrated Theology combines Christian practice and Christian theology with brief comparative explorations of Islam for better appreciation of Christian faith as well as how our Christian theology and practice can be refined and challenged by the faith and practice of Islam. This two-semester course includes a trip to a local mosque to observe Friday prayers.

Texts include, but are not limited to:

  • Justin Martyr
  • Cyprian
  • Aquinas
  • Luther
  • Calvin
  • Welsey
  • Tozer
  • Qur’an
  • Fulzur Rahman


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