Great Ideas Come Alive in the Great Books Program at ACC
What is ACC'S Great Books Program?
- One of only six community colleges in the U.S. with a Great Books Program approved by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education
- Read works by authors recognized as the primary voices in their fields - for instance, you might read Sigmund Freud in psychology or John Maynard Keynes in economics
- Great Books classes discuss a common study topic, such as the pursuit of happiness, or the current Phi Theta Kappa honors study topic, which emphasizes the connections among all the liberal arts and sciences
- Complete four Great Books classes with a B or better and you will be awarded a Great Books certificate and be honored at ACC's Arts and Humanities awards ceremony at the end of Spring semester
Why Should I take Great Books classes?
- A Great Books Achievement Certificate is an academic honor
- Many admissions committees at four-year colleges and universities recognize that your Great Books Achievement Certificate shows you are a serious student with high academic standards and achievements.
Is ACC's Great Books Program an Honors Program?
- No. Any student may enroll in any Great Books class as long as you meet the prerequisites for that class.
Are Great Books sections harder than other sections?
- No. In many Great Books classes of literature, humanities, and philosophy the readings are exactly the same as in other sections
- In others, such as history and biology, the readings may be more challenging, or just different
- Your Great Books faculty are trained to help you in understanding the readings
How do I know which classes are Great Books classes?
- You will find Great Books classes listed in the College Schedule of Classes with a notation that says "This section is part of the Great Books Program."
- Great Books brochures and posters are located around the College.