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  Nov 22, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalogue

Great Books


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The Great Books Program, administered by the Philosophy Department, aims to bring about a fully integrated liberal arts education. Through the study of great works in the arts, literature, philosophy, science, and theology, primarily of Western Civilization, the program challenges students to seek out what is true, what is good, and what is beautiful, so that they may become wiser and better human beings. The program engages the abilities to think clearly, to write well, and to communicate persuasively. When developed, these abilities are applicable to a wide range of career options within the social, economic, and political world into which the student graduates.

In addition to pursuing an integrated understanding of a great range of human wisdom, this course of study has two other significant features. The first is an emphasis on discussion seminars rather than lecture classes. The second is the use of primary rather than secondary sources or textbooks.

As an introduction to the major:


As an introduction to the Major, we offer a course for freshmen and sophomores, PH 170   Introduction to Great Books, which if  taken would count for one of the electives.

Each major will write a lengthy paper as part of a Focused Study, Philosophy Seminar, or  Integrated Studies Seminar, as well as pass a comprehensive oral exam.

Course Sequence Outline


Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Great Books majors generally take GBS I: The Ancient World, GBS II: The Medieval World, Honors Ethics Seminar, and either Formal Logic or Critical Thinking. Depending on initial placement, they may also be completing their modern or classical language requirement. The remainder of their schedules can be filled by Great Books or Philosophy electives, other core requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.

Junior Year


Great Books majors generally take GBS III: The Renaissance, GBSIV: The Enlightenment and Its Discontents, and a Focused Study. The rest of their schedules can be occupied with Great Books or Philosophy electives, core requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.

Senior Year


Great Books majors generally take either GBS V: The Contemporary World or GBS VI: Non-Western Classics, and a Great Books Seminar. The rest of their schedules can be occupied with Great Books or Philosophy electives, core requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.

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