This minor examines the ways in which human individuals and societies have negotiated and defined the boundaries of self, other, the natural world, and the sacred. Courses within this minor focus on themes of identity, personhood, human dignity, and spirituality as well as the ways in which changing systems and worldviews force humanity to renegotiate its understandings of how these categories relate. The combination of courses included in this minor also helps students develop their understanding of and relationship to various “others”, defined in a variety of ways (e.g. gender, sexuality, belief, species, world, and divinity). The minor’s driving logic is to give students an opportunity to situate themselves in relation to that which may or may not be outside them. This will provide students the skills, dispositions, and knowledge to “live where they are.”
Of the disciplinary distribution required for graduation, at least 18 credits must be taken from the following list of courses to complete this IGEP Minor. No more than 9 credits from lower-division courses can contribute to the minor.
The following courses contribute to the IGEP Self, Society, and the Sacred Minor: