We believe in an absolute, God-breathed truth, and the Humanities Department offers a place to study what it means to be human, what it means to think thoughtfully about who we are and why we are here. This curriculum presents ideas, concepts, and stories from some of the most recognized scholars of history. This curriculum encourages students to wrestle with these ideas in a way to encourage not just the promotion of critical thought, but of implementing that thought to the betterment of society. This curriculum acknowledges and affirms the notion that students headed for a career in the humanities need a special program designed with them in mind.
In short, we are preparing Christians to make their intellectual mark in their communities.
This program is being piloted during the 2019-2020 school year.
Features of the program include:
- Rigorous core curriculum. Curriculum path includes the equivalent of all humanities graduation requirements, plus four elective courses from theology, social studies or English with at least one at the advanced or college level. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in humanities curriculum courses.
- Leadership in at least one approved related extra-curricular.
- Internship or service of 40-hours, compiled in a portfolio for faculty review.
- Independent research project, guided by a faculty mentor, and including field visits to appropriate places such as nonprofits, libraries, museums, etc.
- Book study with Humanities cohort: The Abolition of Manby, by C.S. Lewis
- Capstone Project of student research, presented in a formal proposal or talk as a capstone project, to be showcased in a public exhibition or performance.
Successful Humanities Scholar candidates will, upon completion, receive commendation on diplomas and on transcripts, as well as recognition at Concordia Academy’s Honors Convocation.
Examples of Internship/Service Experience:
- Volunteer for a nonprofit focusing on human need: Lutheran Social Services, Jeremiah Program, People Serving People, Teen Challenge, Northwest Youth and Family Services, Breaking Free
- Internship to focus on research: law firm, government position, college professor, museum, library, department of education, etc.
- Internship to focus on communications: public relations, market researcher, print/publishing company
Examples of Capstone Projects:
- Project proposal: project proposal for event or context for cultural change in the school; host forums and conduct surveys to develop and implement something to make the school a better place.
- Community presentation: make a presentation to a municipality /city council meeting
- Create awareness: create a strategic awareness campaign within the school or community; highlight and celebrate a key historical figure
- Mock Court: organize, run, and participate in a mock supreme court at Concordia Academy
- TED Talk: present a big idea of bettering community or examining societal norms and practices