Sacred Spaces

Samuel Avery-Quinn
Day/Time Taught: 
MW 2:00 – 3:15 pm
Course Number: 

From the Upper Paleolithic (17,000 years ago) caves of Lascaux in southern France, to 4,000 year old Minoan peak sanctuaries on the island of Crete, to the cathedral of Notre Dame, to rural camp meeting revivals in the hills of North Carolina, to cinder block Pentecostal churches on the coast of Ghana, to the design of an Islamic Community Center in Lower Manhattan, humans have sought the Divine in a great variety of spaces -- each of these spaces being transformed through ritual into sacred space. In this course we will explore the construction of sacred space across cultures and in both historical and contemporary contexts. Our exploration will proceed through class presentations, a class project designing an "interfaith chapel" for a fictional university in the mountains of North Carolina, and field trips to area houses of worship. 

NOTE: Students enrolling in this course will be expected to take part in a weekend retreat late in the semester.


Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

QEP Global Learning