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College Now

Through our unique COLLEGE NOW Program, we offer 6 Saint Elizabeth University classes right here, taught by our own faculty. In addition to our own college-level offerings, outlined below, qualifying students are also eligible to take college electives on the SEU campus. Besides receiving credit for these courses on their high school transcripts, students will be awarded an official SEU college transcript and transferable college credits, depending on the institution. This program is offered to all qualifying juniors and seniors. You can find more details about the College Now Program, as well as more detailed course descriptions, in our Course Catalog.

COLLEGE NOW COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
 
THE READING LIFE: IDENTITY IN THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
 
Our foundational text, Understanding Comics (McCloud), will provide a background in how to tell stories using sequential art. We will consult this volume throughout the course, as students explore strategies for visual and textual analysis, and consider the relationship between the two components of a graphic novel.
 
 
THE READING LIFE: LITERARY NONFICTION & MEMOIR
 
Living in the social media age, we ceaselessly document our “reality”–from the mundane to the
momentous. But why do we tell our stories? In this elective, we will consider the art of autobiography, memoir, essay, and other forms of literary nonfiction. We will define, read, and critique creative non-fiction and memoir. As a group, we will grapple with concepts of fact, truth, memory, \and reportage, and explore the sometimes problematic relationships among those elements of nonfiction.
 
 
THE READING LIFE: DO NOT READ: BANNED BOOKS
 
Books—especially in schools—are banned, censored, and challenged for different reasons. By
reading and writing about a range of controversial texts and frequently challenged material, we
will grapple with the difficulties posed by these texts, and how these works have been perceived as threatening or dangerous.
 
 
CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM
 
Children of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar is a study of the faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity
and Islam by presenting the core beliefs of each, their scriptures and the historical and social
context of these communities of faith. Among possible topics to be explored may be the role of
women, the relationship of faith and politics, and issues of faith and violence.
 
 
NEW TESTAMENT
 
This course will delve into the historical, social, economic, geographical, and cultural context(s) of the New Testament and early Christianity, exposing students to the origins of Christian religious tradition and its sacred texts. This historical foundation seeks to equip students to critically, deconstructively, constructively, and creatively engage the New Testament. Students will examine key foundational issues in New Testament scholarship, closely read biblical and secondary texts, and reflect upon the interpretive processes and ideologies of various (especially one’s own) communities.
 
 
FREEDOM, POWER & POLITICS
 
Freedom. It is the West's most enduring belief and its most debated concept. The light of freedom has brought millions of people into political power and economic success. But what happens when things go wrong? Will you sacrifice part of your freedom to ensure the liberty of all of society? Can society take away some of your liberties in service to the greater good? This course traces historical crises from ancient Greece to 9/11.