hon 171: the human event

A humanistic examination of great ideas and works of literature, philosophy and science from earliest times to approximately 1600CE. A Socratic discussion seminar that also teaches argumentative writing. Next offered Spring 2015. Here is a list of texts I have taught in the past.

hon 272: the human event

A continuation of HON 171 covering 1600 CE to the present. HON 171 is a pre-requisite. Next offered Spring 2016. Here is a list of texts I have taught in the past.

hon 384: ancient perspectives

“Ancient Perspectives” is a set of courses on varied topics offered by a number of Barrett faculty. My current course is an examination of Greek drama within the context of 5th Century conflict with critical readings of Aristophanes, Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylus, Herodotus, and Thyucidides. Next offered Spring 2017.

hon 394/494: special topics

I occasionally offer special topic courses. There is no guarantee that any of these will be offered again.
  • evolution and the monotheistic traditions – perspectives, interpretations & interactions: An examination of contemporary evolutionary theory and how its claims have been interacted with by traditional monotheism. [Last offered in Fall 2012].

  • cultural encounters with ancient greece: A one-credit course offered on Barrett’s Sumer Study Abroad to Greece and Italy. [Last offered in Summer 2014].


non-honors classes


In the past I have taught non-honors courses for the School of Life Sciences. I currently have no plans to teach these in the near future.
  • hps 323: history of science: An episodic history of science over the last 350 years. Generally concentrates on the physical and earth sciences. [Last offered in Fall 2010]

  • hps 311 / bio 344: origins, evolution & creation: A history of anti-evolutionism, focussing on the claims of American creationists. Lectures cover philosophical, scientific and historical material. [Last offered in Spring 2011]

  • hps 342 / bio 346: the darwinian revolution: An examination of Darwin’s life, ideas and influence on science, philosophy, religion, politics and literature. Briefly discusses opposition to Darwin’s ideas in the 150 years since the publication of Origin. [Last offered in Fall 2011]