Spring 2023 Course Descriptions

This seminar explores what it means to think and live faithfully in our world by engaging in an in-depth study of an important issue. Each class will engage with the richness and complexity of its subject by considering diverse viewpoints and multiple academic disciplines and exploring their interconnections. Each class will also be challenged with some of the best Christian thinking about the issue. The class will maintain an atmosphere of open inquiry and discovery, and provide occasion for each student to reflect on God’s call on his/her life. Prerequisite: senior standing, or junior standing and completion of all other general education requirements.


Tuesday, 6:00-8:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Cherie Parsons

This is a course on loss and grief; but it also a course about joy, truth seeking, and vulnerability. Whether we want or expect to be, we are tossed into the vastness of vulnerability and loss time and time again in our lifetimes. We will explore what it means to be vulnerable and the profound power that can come from it. How do we help others and ourselves embrace vulnerability and accept the role loss plays in our lives so that we might live wholeheartedly and faithfully? How do we continue to live and love, despite the pain and sorrow of loss? These are the questions central to the course – and to our lives.


Monday/Wednesday, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Jacci Stuckey

The major focus of this course will be to consider how our Christian calling and vocational aspirations to “serve the church, community, and the world” might be envisioned, practiced, and manifested through the lens of the “righteous Gentiles” of the Holocaust. This course will challenge us to consider how such evil could exist, how a society and a church could be seduced into cooperating with a force so destructive, and how we can prevent such atrocities from recurring in our own communities, be it in our churches, neighborhoods, or places of work. Inherent in the possible answers, in light of our vocational options and ambitions, is the need to examine the ways in which our Christian calling informs what we think, what we value, what we do, how we work, and how we prepare for a “faithful life after college.” Regardless of where you are on your spiritual and vocational journey, I hope you will seriously and critically consider the all-redeeming and all-transforming claims of Christ and the implication for such as we study this period in history, consider the stories of those who endured it, and prepare for a life of “loving our neighbors as ourselves” after you graduate from Malone University.


Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. T.C. Ham

This course explores the topics of friendship and romance at the intersection of sociology, philosophy, theology, psychology, history, and biblical studies. For most college students, friendships and dating relationships represent two of the most important interpersonal relationships. Yet, the Church and the academy offer little in the way of helping us to think deeply about these relationships. Through the exploration of these important human relationships, the course aims to deepen our thinking with an eye toward living out our faith in the world.