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Great Ideas Come Alive in the Great Books Program at ACC

ACC holds the honor of being one of only six community colleges in the United States included in the University of Chicago's Great Books Consortium. The program builds on the renowned Great Books Movement which allows American students to engage in conversations about the most influential ideas contained within Western Civilization's masterpieces of literature, history and philosophy.

How Do Great Books Courses work?

Many ACC instructors offer various courses designated as "Great Books Courses."  Within these courses, the instructors draw at least half of the course readings from authors on the Encyclopedia Britannica's Great Authors List as primary voices in their fields. For instance, in a Great Books Psychology course, in addition to reading about the meaning of Sigmund Freud's dream symbolism, one might also read some of Freud's own Interpretation of Dreams.  Alternatively, in a Great Books Mathematics course, one might read some of Newton's or Euclid's writings.  Moreover, enrollment in a Great Books Economics course might expose students to the works of economist Thorsten Veblen. Instructors conducting Great Books courses invite students to study thought-provoking masterpieces, share ideas, and join in lively debate and conversations centered around the great academic works of Western Civilization.

Why Should I Obtain a Great Books Achievement Certificate?

This sought-after certificate may assist students in obtaining admission into their desired college or university.  Like any other academic honor, it allows admission committees to view students who hold this certificate as serious scholars who possess high academic standards and achievements.  Additionally, students who complete as few as two Great Books classes tend to score higher on reading comprehension tests.  Moreover, Great Books courses improve student reading skills which, therefore, improves student academic performance in other courses.

How Do I Obtain a Great Books Achievement Certificate?

Get Your CertificateStudents who successfully complete four Great Books courses with an A or a B are eligible to receive a Great Books Achievement Certificate.  If you qualify, please click the button on the right to submit your application for a Great Books Achievement Certificate.  You will receive a response from the Great Books Coordinator within 24 hours of submitting your application.  Additionally, certificate recipients will receive recognition of their academic achievement during ACC's Art and Humanities Awards Ceremony held each Spring semester.

Are Great Books sections harder than other sections?

No.  Many Great Books courses contain readings exactly the same as in non-Great Books sections.  In others, the readings simply different from similar, non-Great Books sections.  Whatever the case, all Great Books Faculty possess the skills to help students understand the readings and succeed in the course.

Great Books Courses Offered for the Current Spring 2015 Semester:

Course/section

Course Title

Professor

BIO 111 101College Biology INorman
BIO 112 101College Biology IINorman
ECO 201 106MacroeconomicsAnderssen
HIS 101 101Western Civ. to 1650Gore
HIS 102 101Western Civ. 1650 to the PresentGore
HIS 121 101US History to ReconstructionGore
HIS 121 103US History to ReconstructionWalker
HIS 122 101US History since the Civil WarGore
HIS 255 101The Middle AgesGore
HUM 115 102World MythologyHubbell
HUM 121 101Humanities: Early CivilizationsLawson
HUM 121 102Humanities: Early CivilizationsHubbell
HUM 122 102Humanities: From Medieval to ModernRubin
HUM 123 101Humanities: The Modern WorldRubin
HUM 123 102Humanities: The Modern WorldBolles
HUM 123 201Humanities: The Modern WorldBolles
LIT 115 101Introduction to LiteratureMorris
LIT 115 103Introduction to LiteratureTrotter
LIT 115 201Introduction to LiteratureMorris
LIT 201 101World Literature to 1600Hubbell
LIT 222 101Survey of British Literature IISnow
PHI 111 101Introduction to PhilosophyGowan
PHI 111 102Introduction to PhilosophyBroome
PHI 111 201Introduction to PhilosophyBroome
PHI 111 202Introduction to PhilosophyBroome
PHI 112 101EthicsBroome
PHI 112 102EthicsBroome
PHI 112 201EthicsBork
PHI 114 101Comparative ReligionsGowan
PHI 214 101Philosophy of ReligionGowan
PHI 214 201Philosophy of ReligionBroome
PSY 102 104General Psychology IIHagood
PSY 226 101Social PsychologyHagood
SOC 102 101Introduction to Sociology IIRatliff
THE 105 101Theater AppreciationSnow

 

Great Books Courses Offered for the Coming Summer/Fall 2015 Semester:

Course/section

Course Title

Professor

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For more information, please contact:
Daniel Gore
Great Books Program Coordinator 
Office: M4835

Office Phone: 303.797.5858
daniel.gore@arapahoe.edu