Torrey Honors Institute

Faculty

Director: Paul Spears, Ph.D.
Professor: Sanders
Associate Professors: Henderson, Jenson, Johnson, Peters, Schubert, Thompson, Vincent
Assistant Professors: Aijian, Cure, Kim, Makin, Smith, Stasson, Wright

Courses

Torrey (YMDT)

YMDT 101 - On OriginsCredits 8

Introduces students to western epics such as Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid, along with works from Ovid, Dante, Spenser and Milton. Lays a foundation for biblical theology and includes the works of the Pentateuch and Hebrews.
When Offered: Fall, freshman year.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $200.

YMDT 102 - On DesireCredits 8

Examines the classical topic of eros through selected texts such as works by Plato, Shakespeare, Donne, as well as Augustine's Confessions, Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, biblical wisdom literature and the gospel of Mark.
When Offered: Spring, freshman year.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 110 - Greek ThoughtCredits 4

Introduces the student to works such as Iliad, Odyssey, Peloponnesian War, Plato's Phaedo, Meno, Symposium, Timaeus, and Republic, along with works from Aeschylus and Sophocles.
When Offered: Fall, freshman year.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 111 - Old Testament BeginningsCredits 4

Introduces the student to Biblical literature and includes works such as Genesis through Joshua and Hebrews.

When Offered: Fall, freshman year.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $200.

YMDT 122 - Church Fathers and Life of ChristCredits 8

Explores works such as the Apostolic Fathers, Athanasius, Creeds of the Church, Augustine's On Christian Teaching, Confessions and City of God. Delves into the Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and the Acts of the Apostles.
When Offered: Spring, freshman year.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: YMDT 125.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 125 - Greco-Roman ThoughtCredits 4

Examines works such as Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Euripides' Bacchae, Virgil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations.
When Offered: Spring, freshman year.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: YMDT 122.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 202 - On Knowing GodCredits 8

Examines the development of classical Christian doctrine. Includes readings such as the letters of Paul, the gospel of John, works by Irenaeus, Athanasius, Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin and John Bunyan.
When Offered: Spring, sophomore year.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 205 - On CommunityCredits 8

Explores works dealing with human social order and political thought. Selections include readings such as Augustine's City of God, Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Lincoln, Nietzsche, the U.S. Constitution, the book of Luke and Acts.
When Offered: Fall, sophomore year.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 214 - Medieval and Reformation ThoughtCredits 8

Considers writings such as The Divine Comedy, Erasmus' Praise of Folly, Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy, Anselm, Abelard, Aquinas' Summa Theologica, Martin Luther, John Calvin and Creeds of the Church.
When Offered: Fall, sophomore year.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: YMDT 217.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 217 - Pauline EpistlesCredits 4

Explores each of the Pauline Epistles.
When Offered: Fall, sophomore year.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: YMDT 214.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 220 - Early Modern ThoughtCredits 8

Examines works such as selections from Shakespeare, John Donne, George Herbert, Pascal, Descartes, Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding and Second Treatise on Government, Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Hobbes' Leviathan, Federalist Papers and the U.S. Constitution.
When Offered: Spring, sophomore year.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: YMDT 226.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 226 - Wisdom LiteratureCredits 4

Explores Job through Ecclesiastes.
When Offered: Spring, sophomore year.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: YMDT 220.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 303 - On the CosmosCredits 8

Selections for discussion include authors such as Aristotle, Bacon, Newton, Darwin, Wordsworth, Emerson and Ezekiel. Readings focus on the study of cosmology, the natural world and the human place in it.
When Offered: Fall, junior year.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 304 - On Learning and KnowledgeCredits 8

Readings focus on epistemology, education and a survey of the biblical history of Israel. Explores works by authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Pascal, Locke, Kant, Hume, Newman, Dewey, C.S. Lewis and the books I and II Samuel, I and II Kings and Isaiah.
When Offered: Spring, junior year.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 310 - Revivalism and RomanticismCredits 4

Includes works such as I and II Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles, selections from William Blake, Samuel Coleridge, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards and Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals.
When Offered: Fall, junior year.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 325 - Nineteenth Century ThoughtCredits 4

Includes works such as Isaiah and Jeremiah, Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Bronte's Jane Eyre, Dostoyevsky's Brothers Karamazov, and Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.
When Offered: Spring, junior year.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 401 - On History and RhetoricCredits 8

Selected readings on history, apologetics and rhetoric. Authors such as Eusebius, Hegel, Aristotle, Cicero, Justin Martyr, Augustine, R.A. Torrey and Wesley are included.
When Offered: Fall, senior year.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 402 - On the FutureCredits 4

Examines works on eschatology and judgment such as Daniel, Revelation, Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy, and selections from Flannery O'Connor, T.S. Eliot and G.K. Chesterton. Mandatory if student's major does not have integration requirement.
When Offered: Spring, senior year.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 410 - AmericaCredits 4

Includes readings such as the Non-Pauline epistles, selections from Emerson, Melville, James, O'Connor, Douglass and Lincoln.
When Offered: Fall, senior year.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 465 - Twentieth Century ThoughtCredits 4

Examines works such as Daniel, Revelation, C. S. Lewis' The Abolition of Man, Newman's The Idea of a University, Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals, Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents, and selections from T.S. Eliot and G.K. Chesterton. Mandatory if the student's major does not have an Integration requirement.
When Offered: Spring, senior year.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 480 - Torrey Honors ThesisCredits 4

The last term of the senior year will be devoted to writing a tutor-supervised thesis of not less than 12,000 words. These required four credits are counted toward the total number needed for graduation from Torrey and Biola University. The thesis may be waived for students who do senior theses, projects, recitals, etc., for their majors, with prior approval. Students may substitute an internship in their major field or a Torrey off-site program for the thesis with prior approval. The internship must be approved by the Torrey Thesis Director and student's major advisor. All theses and internships should make a significant contribution to the student's major field of study.
When Offered: Fall and Spring.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Senior Class, or Junior Class; and Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 490 - Selected Readings and TopicsCredits 1-4

Designed primarily for upper-division students in Torrey who want to study specialized topics not covered in catalog course offerings. Note(s): May be taken up to three times with different readings.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Senior Class, or Junior Class; and Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 491 - Independent StudyCredits 1-4

Independent readings on a topic chosen by the student. Note(s): May be taken up to three times with different readings.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

YMDT 492 - Torrey Off-CampusCredits 1-4

Independent readings on a topic chosen by the professor.
When Offered: Interterm and Summer. Note(s): May be taken up to three times with different readings. May substitute for the Torrey Honors Thesis with approval.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.