This CTI Capstone will focus on ethical debates about Assisted Reproductive Technology.  We will examine 3 key issues:  donated gametes, surrogate motherhood, and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.  We will examine three  major ethical views, a Secular Liberal and a Roman Catholic Natural Law and a Christian Reformed view, in addition to feminist views.

Students will develop their own views and philosophies by building ethically-founded and defensible proposals in some "real-world" areas of assisted reproduction.


This course will examine social and ethical responses to pandemic disease.  This Core Curriculum Capstone encourages the student to reflect on the “three questions” by focusing on how societies and individuals should respond to potentially catastrophic events.    To accomplish this, we will examine a number of case studies, beginning with the bubonic plague of the 14th century and the 1918 flu. The class will apply relevant observations from these cases studies as they analyze and debate a contemporary problem of social significance related to pandemic disease.  This capstone will place a very high emphasis on skills of reflective reading, critical writing, and oral communication. 

Inspired by Mark Anielski's book, The Economics of Happiness, this course investigates, from the perspectives of various discplines, including religion and economics, the global values that lead to human happiness and well-being.