Great Books Program

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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 differ 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 Spring 2016 Semester:

Course/section

Course Title

Professor

BIO 112 101

General College Biology II

Norman

COM 115 111

Public Speaking

Epstein

ECO 201 106

Principles of Macroeconomics

Anderssen

ENG 122 113

English Composition II

Hubbell

ENG 122 110

English Composition II

Hubbell

HIS 101 101

Western Civilizations I

Gore

HIS 102 101

Western Civilizations II

Gore

HIS 121 101

United States History I

Gore

HIS 122 101

United States History II

Gore

HIS 255 101

History of Medieval Ages

Gore

HUM 115 177

Introduction to Mythology

Lanyon

HUM 115 201

Introduction to Mythology

Winograd

HUM 115 202

Introduction to Mythology

Lanyon

HUM 121 101

Humanities: Early Civilization

Snow

HUM 122 101

Humanities: Medieval to Modern

Hubbell

HUM 123 101

Humanities: Modern

Rubin

LIT 115 103 Introduction to Literature

Morris

LIT 212 101

American Literature Post Civil War

Rubin

LIT 225 101

Introduction to Shakespeare

Hubbell

LIT 230 101

Comics/Graphic Novels

Caruso

PHI 111 101

Introduction to Philosophy

Gowan

PHI 111 103

Introduction to Philosophy

Broome

PHI 111 201

Introduction to Philosophy

Broome

PHI 111 202

Introduction to Philosophy

Broome

PHI 111 102

Introduction to Philosophy Broome

PHI 112 101

Ethics

Broome

PHI 112 102

Ethics

Broome

PHI 112 201

Ethics

Broome

PSY 226 101

Social Psychology

Wilkerson

PSY 102 103

General Psychology

Wilkerson

THE 105 166

Introduction to Theater Arts

Trotter

 
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For more information, please contact:
Juliet Hubbell
Great Books Program Coordinator 
Office: M4695
Office Phone: 303.797.5617
juliet.hubbell@arapahoe.edu