The Arts and Humanities program provides a higher education that is faithful to Orthodox Christianity. The curriculum guides students to read, interpret, analyze, and synthesize the formative works in six disciplines: Art, History, English Language and Literature, Music, Psychology, and Orthodox Christian Theology. Students learn to communicate across the disciplines as they develop a broad historical understanding of their own area of study. The Arts and Humanities program thus prepares students for graduate studies and for numerous careers in fields such as law, communication, education, design, writing, business, psychology, and theology.
In addition to the Arts and Humanities core of six classes, students choose from one of the six concentrations: Art, History, English Language and Literature, Music, Psychology, or Orthodox Christian Theology. Students are required to take an additional five classes within the chosen concentration, or six in Psychology. In addition, students may choose an Interdisciplinary Track, which adds the requirements of a second concentration. In their final year, students will complete a Capstone Project over the course of two semesters.
Arts & Humanities Core
The Arts & Humanities Core begins with an introductory course in historical study (HIS100) that provides the foundations for the study of human culture and art. The three other lower-division A&H Core classes (ART100, LIT200, and MUS200) combine historical or theoretical study and practical execution, whether of a painting, a poem, or a musical performance.
The upper-division components in the A&H Core begin with a course in Philosophy of Religion (HUM300), which cultivates a sophisticated approach to experience, knowledge, and faith. The final three upper-division courses – HUM305 Literature in History, HUM310 Word, Image, Song, and HUM400 Becoming Human – explore various media of expression, methods of interpretation, and models of life.
In their final two semesters, students enroll in two courses to guide them through the Capstone Project. In HUM498 students conduct academic research on an approved project. In HUM499 students are guided through the process of creating their final Capstone project which culminates in a formal presentation to their academic community.
The A&H Core is unique to the University of Saint Katherine. Participating in the Orthodox tradition of integral knowledge, this Core is designed to endow students with critical acumen, epistemological humility, and holistic understanding. Aligned with the University’s mission of “Inquiry Seeking Wisdom” and the Interdisciplinary Core curriculum, the A&H Core sets students on the path following the true Teacher, Jesus Christ, who is the “Wisdom of God’ (1 Cor. 1:24).
In addition to the Arts & Humanities Core, students majoring in Arts & Humanities will take 5 or 6 upper-division courses in the field of their choice. The course descriptions can be found in the program descriptions below.
English Language and Literature
Orthodox Christian Theology
The Arts & Humanities program also offers the option of an Interdisciplinary Studies track. Students in this track select two concentrations to emphasize, both of which must be from among the Arts & Humanities concentrations. Students majoring in IDS do need to take the Arts & Humanities Core curriculum.
Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies Track
English Literature and Literature
Evan Getz, Assistant Professor of Literature & Composition (Chair)
Professor Evan Getz earned his PhD from Baylor University in 2008 and has been teaching writing, composition, literature, philosophy, apologetics, Latin, Greek, and Great Books classes for over 14 years. His areas of interest include Renaissance British literature, philosophical theology, epic poetry, Lucy Hutchinson, and Renaissance reception of Lucretius. He has served as a board member on the Conference for Christianity and Literature since 2012 and presented conference papers on Renaissance poetry, theology, and poetics.
Bethany Getz, Assistant Professor of Literature and Composition*
Bethany Getz holds a PhD in English from Baylor University. She has taught British Literature, American Literature, Great Books, and Writing and Composition classes. Before coming to University of St. Katherine, Bethany taught for Houston Baptist University. Her research interests include Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Christianity and Literature, and the development of the novel.
Robert Fortuin, Assistant Professor of Orthodox Christian Theology*
Robert Fortuin holds an MLitt Degree in Divinity from St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland. His work there was on the rhetorical theology of early Christian apologist Clement of Alexandria. Professor Fortuin’s research interests include philosophical theology, patristics, and systematic theology. He is presently doing PhD level research on Gregory of Nyssa’s theology of ‘Division of Being’ at King’s College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Professor Fortuin has been a Faculty Member at University of Saint Katherine College since 2014, teaching courses in New Testament, Orthodox Theology, and the Ecumenical Councils.
Rev. Dcn. David-John Williams, Assistant Professor of History*
Professor Williams received his MA from Royal Holloway, University of London. His research areas include Byzantine relations with the West from 600-1453; Greek Palaeography and Shared Sacred Space. His MA dissertation investigated the contribution of the canons of the Quinisext Council (629) to anti-heretical literature and the schism between the Byzantine and Latin Churches. His PhD thesis is entitled Shared Sacred Spaces: Saints, Relics and Sacred Objects in the Byzantine Mediterranean. Recent publications include: “Did The Crusades Change the Byzantine Perception of Holy War?” in Porphyra, “Mediterranean Religion”, Duke University and “Christian Saints as allies of non Christians”. In addition to his spring teaching load at USK Professor Williams presented papers and chaired panels at the University of Oxford, UCSB and University of Colorado, Boulder.
Studio Art and Art History
Jelena Gazivoda, MFA (SUNY), Assistant Professor of Art*
Nancy Gilbert, MA (SDSU), Instructor*
Christos Korgan, Assistant Professor and Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
Dr. Christos Korgan serves the University of Saint Katherine in both administrative and faculty capacities, teaching survey courses leading to the psychology minor and overseeing the institution’s research, planning, and accreditation functions. With over a decade of higher education experience, Christos taught courses and led programs at several different types of higher education institutions. His undergraduate work culminated in a baccalaureate in psychology from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where he also completed a Master of Arts degree. After earning a B.A. and M.A. at CSUN, Christos attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to then complete a second M.A. and his doctoral degree (PhD). His dissertation explored the psychological and social-structural forces thought to impact the effectiveness of professors’ classroom teaching, assessment work, and student-faculty interactions.
Mili Metz, Assistant Professor of Psychology*
Professor Mili Mez completed her B.A. with a double major in Psychological & Brain Sciences and Public Health with a focus in Social Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. She completed her M.A. in Psychology and Education with a focus in General Psychopathology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Georgia State University. She recently completed an APA-accredited Clinical Psychology internship and was grateful to stay on for a fellowship year at Pennsylvania Hospital. She also provides concierge coaching services with emerging adults (millennials).
Helen Lee, Assistant Professor of Math*
Professor Lee graduated from Portland Concordia University with a Masters of Education with a concentration in mathematics education. She comes to USK with over 20 years of math teaching experience at both public and private institutions, and at all levels of learning. Professor Lee has served as Mathematics Department Chair, AVID leader and coordinator, and District Math Consult in Garden Grove, California. She is also proud to have served the community by teaching programs aimed at helping economically disadvantaged youth learn math. Professor Lee received her undergraduate degree at the University of California Irvine and completed a Single-Subject Teaching Credential at CSU Fullerton. Her next steps are to work towards a doctoral degree in education.
*Part-time faculty appointment