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The Senior Year

Below is the core curriculum for the Senior year.  Official course syllabi are made available to enrolled students on or before the first day of class.

Please note that this list does not include courses that fulfill foreign language, simulation, or field experience requirements. Click here for more information about these courses and when they are offered.

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ST4510 World History V: The 20th Century (4 credits)

This course explores the global and regional wars, ideological conflicts, cultural shifts and key events that reshaped the world in the 20th Century, setting the stage for our present day. Additional attention is given to the role of generational cycles of human behavior that trend respectively toward liberty and tyranny as history unfolds, as well as the role of cultural influences, plus exceptions to historical patterns.

  • Paul Johnson, Modern Times
    • Jacques Barzun, From Dawn to Decadence
      • Part IV
    • Whittaker Chambers, Witness
      • Selections
    • Jung Chang, Wild Swans
      • Selections
    • Winston Churchill, Memoirs of the Second World War (abridged)
      • Selections
    • Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism
      • Selections
    • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Gulag Archipelago (abridged)
      • Selections
    • Strauss and Howe, The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy - What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny
      • Selections
    • George Weigel, The Cube and the Cathedral

      ST4520 Moral Reasoning: Libertarian, Conservative & Progressive Tho (3 credits)

      This course investigates the moral rationale and underpinnings of Libertarian, Conservative and Progressive thought through the writings of representative thought leaders and defenders. By comparing both their obvious and subtle nuances, the implications for humanity are further explored.

      • George Carey, Freedom and Virtue
        • G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World
          • Herbert Croly, The Promise of American Life
            • Selections
          • C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
            • G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
              • Selections
            • C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
              • C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock
                • Selections
              • Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
                • Ayn Rand & Nathaniel Brandon, The Virtue of Selfishness
                  • John Rawls, A Theory of Justice
                    • Selections
                  • Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
                    • Thomas Sowell , A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

                      ST4540 Domestic and Foreign Policy: Freedom and Politics (3 credits)

                      An exploration of historical and current issues in both Domestic and Foreign Policy, including their implications for freedom. The complications of human nature and societal differences are also explored within the sphere of politics. Discussions will also consider future indications for the U.S. and the world.

                      • Kevin Freeman, Secret Weapon: How Economic Warfare Brought Down the U.S. Stock Market
                        • Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
                          • Walid Phares, The Lost Spring: U.S. Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid
                            • Vaclav Smil, Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate
                              • Charles Hauss and Melissa Haussman, Comparative Politics: Domestic Responses to Global Challenges
                                • Edition: 2010
                              • ST4540 Reading Packet

                                ST4530 Education: Philosophy, Culture and Policy (3 credits)

                                This course compares major approaches to home, public and private education from Ancient Greece to the present, the impacts on culture and society, and the politics surrounding education funding, functions and delivery. Additional attention is given to the public policy agendas and concerns arising from the beginning of the Progressive era to the present battles over Common Core, the special interests that shape education, pedagogies for particular outcomes, and the principle of parental choice and stewardship.

                                • Jacques Barzun, Teacher in America
                                  • Selections
                                • Allan Bloom, Closing the American Mind
                                  • Selections
                                • Christensen, Johnson and Horn, Disrupting Class
                                  • John Dewey, Experience and Education
                                    • John Gatto, Dumbing Us Down
                                      • E. D. Hirsch Jr., The Schools We Need, and Why We Don’t Have Them
                                        • Selections
                                      • C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
                                        • Terry M. Moe, Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools
                                          • Selections
                                        • ST4530 Reading Packet
                                          • “The American Scholar”, Emerson; "The Lost Tools of Learning", Sayers;

                                        LT4510 Literature as Agent of Social Change: 20th Century (2 credits)

                                        This course investigates explores modern themes found in 20th century literature, the intentions of the authors and the impacts of these works on society. It is designed to complement the World History course taken during the same semester. The course also examines and deconstructs the methods and perspectives of literary criticism of this period that support these works and made them popular in academia and Progressive literary circles.

                                        • Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
                                          • T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
                                            • William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
                                              • Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
                                                • James Joyce, The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man

                                                  ST4550 Constitutional Law: Original Intent, Principles, and Cases (4 credits)

                                                  This course examines the original intent of the framers of the U.S. Constitution as demonstrated by evidence found in original documents, correspondence, historical background, etc. This will be compared to the evolving doctrines of the Courts as they interpret and alter the Constitution’s application through case law. Students will also consider the untapped power of the judiciary to correct its own abuses. Primary texts include The Founders Constitution; Constitutional Law: Principles, Policy, Cases; and The Original Constitution: What it Actually Said and Meant. In addition to comparing modern legislation to the original intent of the founders, students will also write briefs on several historical court cases.

                                                  * As a class held at the Utah Capitol during the legislative session, students will also track legislation and identify aspects of history repeating themselves in current events. Online students receive these opportunities as well through the Utah legislature’s online broadcasting service.

                                                  ST4560 Trends, Mass Communication and Societal Shifts (4 credits)

                                                  This course considers the concepts of psychology and human nature explored in MS4510 through the lens of practical application in the present world, with emphasis on the dynamics of mass opinion and societal trends. Special attention is given to the power and uses of both reason and emotion to shift society historically, presently and in the future. Contrasts between legitimate and unethical practices and strategies are examined as well. This course places the totality of the understanding gained throughout the student’s education onto the complex canvas of the present world in need of effective leadership for shaping both the immediate and long-term future.

                                                  * As a class held at the Utah Capitol during the legislative session, students will also track legislation and identify aspects of history repeating themselves in current events. Online students receive these opportunities as well through the Utah legislature’s online broadcasting service.

                                                  ST4570 Reason and Faith in Philosophy (3 credits)

                                                  In this course, students will engage in searching the questions of “What is Knowledge?” and “What is Truth?” by discussing and examining many of the writings that have captured the great thinking and ideas on these topics from the Western Tradition. Students will examine the truth systems of Correspondence, Coherence, Pragmatism, Empiricism and Post Modernism. They will also explore how knowledge and truth systems are foundational to not only themselves but how they are tied to every aspect and element of a society: social, physical, scientific, artistic, governmental, etc.

                                                  • Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra
                                                    • Aristotle, Metaphysics
                                                      • Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
                                                        • Kant, Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics
                                                          • Selections
                                                        • Heidegger, What is Called Thinking?
                                                          • ST4570 Reading Packet

                                                            MS4510 Psychology of Human Action and Decision (4 credits)

                                                            This course explores the major theories of psychology and human development, giving special attention to the forces both within the individual and in his environment that bear upon human decision making, agency and happiness. Students will pull together the insights on human nature gained throughout their study of the liberal arts and add to the modern sciences of human behavior to the equation as introduced by Weber, James, Pavlov, Skinner, Freud, Jung, Piaget, Erikson, Maslow, Rogers, Bowlby, Bowen, and other key figures up to the most recent perspectives of cognitive neurobiology. To complete the picture, individual behavior will be ultimately placed and examined within the context of human families and societies in a comprehensive portrait and landscape.

                                                            ST4999 Comprehensive Examination (0 credits)

                                                            Each student must pass a comprehensive examination at the end of their Senior year.

                                                              ST4995 Senior Thesis (0 credits)

                                                              Students fulfill a graduation requirement by submitting a paper which qualifies as a senior thesis.

                                                                * An asterisk next to a course's credit hours indicates that this course may be "swapped" for elective or transfer credit. Click here for more information on elective and transfer credit.

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