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?
Students 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:
|BIO 111 101||College Biology I||Norman|
|BIO 112 101||College Biology II||Norman|
|ECO 201 106||Macroeconomics||Anderssen|
|HIS 101 101||Western Civ. to 1650||Gore|
|HIS 102 101||Western Civ. 1650 to the Present||Gore|
|HIS 121 101||US History to Reconstruction||Gore|
|HIS 121 103||US History to Reconstruction||Walker|
|HIS 122 101||US History since the Civil War||Gore|
|HIS 255 101||The Middle Ages||Gore|
|HUM 115 102||World Mythology||Hubbell|
|HUM 121 101||Humanities: Early Civilizations||Lawson|
|HUM 121 102||Humanities: Early Civilizations||Hubbell|
|HUM 122 102||Humanities: From Medieval to Modern||Rubin|
|HUM 123 101||Humanities: The Modern World||Rubin|
|HUM 123 102||Humanities: The Modern World||Bolles|
|HUM 123 201||Humanities: The Modern World||Bolles|
|LIT 115 101||Introduction to Literature||Morris|
|LIT 115 103||Introduction to Literature||Trotter|
|LIT 115 201||Introduction to Literature||Morris|
|LIT 201 101||World Literature to 1600||Hubbell|
|LIT 222 101||Survey of British Literature II||Snow|
|PHI 111 101||Introduction to Philosophy||Gowan|
|PHI 111 102||Introduction to Philosophy||Broome|
|PHI 111 201||Introduction to Philosophy||Broome|
|PHI 111 202||Introduction to Philosophy||Broome|
|PHI 112 101||Ethics||Broome|
|PHI 112 102||Ethics||Broome|
|PHI 112 201||Ethics||Bork|
|PHI 114 101||Comparative Religions||Gowan|
|PHI 214 101||Philosophy of Religion||Gowan|
|PHI 214 201||Philosophy of Religion||Broome|
|PSY 102 104||General Psychology II||Hagood|
|PSY 226 101||Social Psychology||Hagood|
|SOC 102 101||Introduction to Sociology II||Ratliff|
|THE 105 101||Theater Appreciation||Snow|
Great Books Courses Offered for the Coming Summer/Fall 2015 Semester:
For more information, please contact:
Great Books Program Coordinator
Office Phone: 303.797.5858