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Senior Seminars

Program Overview

All seniors are required to take a Senior Seminar second semester. Senior Seminars are multi-disciplinary, team-taught courses that provide a culminating experience with an emphasis on social justice issues. Students receive a Theology credit for Senior Seminar.

  • Disease and Social Responsibility is a capstone seminar course designed to empower students to become agents for change. The course employs an interdisciplinary approach, including scientific, theological, socio-historical and ethical methodologies, to understand the proliferation and treatment of infectious diseases in the context of diverse global cultures and economies. Building on students’ broadening experiences of service through high school, they will explore justice work through advocacy for the larger human family.
  • Economics, Ecology and Ethics explores the dynamics of these three complex fascinating areas and their effects on the future of our nation and planet. The Global Water Crisis will be at the heart of our exploration, examining it through the lens of these three distinct, yet interrelated disciplines.
  • Themes in Literature: Forgiveness and Reconciliation will address the issues of forgiveness and reconciliation as students encounter them in their own lives and in the larger world. It will begin by examining the need for self-forgiveness, move to forgiveness of family and friends, and culminate in the study of the role of forgiveness and reconciliation in a number of global issues with an emphasis on social justice.
  • Literary Exploration of Human Nature will focus on the following main themes. Personal corruption and the ways inordinate attachments affect the individual, corporate/ social corruption and the ways individuals contribute to this, and how an individual and a society grow toward wholeness as defined by the "Grad at Grad." Students will explore each of the themes through personal meditation based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and reading & discussing literary works. Central questions: In spite of societal and personal pressures to do otherwise, how does one go about making choices that are consistent with his/her conscience? How can an active reflection practice help on make good choices? How do one's individual choices affect the greater community (and vice versa)?