SSI-1 195: Honors – The Scientific and Romantic Revolutions
Honors students only

This course develops analytical skills fundamental to your academic success at Puget Sound—specifically, the ability to frame questions, think critically about your insights and those of others, develop interpretive claims, and support them persuasively both in conversation and in writing. We'll hone these skills by exploring the causes and consequences of two decisive turning points in Western intellectual history: the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries (weeks 1–7) and the Romantic movement of the late 18th and early 19th centuries (weeks 8–15). In doing so, we will come to appreciate the complex nature of these cultural upheavals in their political, religious, economic, scientific, and aesthetic dimensions, and understand how their legacy continues to shape contemporary attitudes and values. Affiliate department: Honors.