ACC is honored to be one of only five community colleges in the University of Chicago’s Great Books Consortium. The program encourages students to engage in conversation about the most influential ideas contained in western civilization’s masterpieces of literature, history and philosophy.
In Great Books sections at least half the readings are by authors recognized by the Encyclopedia Britannica’s great authors list as primary voices in their fields. For instance, in psychology, in addition to reading about the meaning of Sigmund Freud’s dream symbolism, you might read some of Freud’s own Interpretation of Dreams. In math you might read some of Newton’s or Euclid’s writings, while in Economics you might read from the work of the economist Thorsten Veblen.
If you complete four Great Books classes with a B or better in each class, you will receive a Great Books Achievement Certificate and be honored at the College’s Arts and Letters Awards ceremony in the spring. Your certificate, like any other academic honor, can help you with transfer and eligibility for scholarships.
You can find out more about ACC’s Great Books Program, faculty, and Student Club through ACC’s Website at http://www.arapahoe.edu/departments-and-programs/a-z-programs/great-books-program or by picking up a brochure at the College. Great Books classes are identified as such in the College Schedule of Courses
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