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 Summer 2019 Semester:

Course/section

Course Title

HUM 115 101

Introduction to Mythology

HUM 115 177

Introduction to Mythology
HUM 115 201 Introduction to Mythology
PHI 111 101 Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 111 201 Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 112 166 Ethics

Great Books Courses Offered for the Fall 2019 Semester:

Course (Section Numbers Coming Soon)

Course Title

Professor / Instructor Days/Time
BIO 112 101 General College Biology II/Lab:SC1-30801 Celia Norman Tu/Th 9:00-12:20
ECO 201 106 Principles of Macroeconomics Joan Anderssen M/W 10:00-11:15

LIT 115

Introduction to Literature Susan Stafinbil M/W 8:30-9:45
LIT 115 Introduction to Literature Lance Rubin Tu/Th 10:00-11:15
LIT 115 Introduction to Literature Clare Snow M/W 2:30-3:45
LIT 115 Introduction to Literature Kona Morris M/W 3:00-4:15
LIT 211 American Literature Lance Rubin Tu/Th 11:30-12:45
PHI 111 101 Introduction to Philosophy David Sackris M/W 10:00-11:15
PHI 111 102 Introduction to Philosophy TBA Tu/Th 10:00-11:15
PHI 111 103 Introduction to Philosophy David Sackris M/W 1:00-2:15
PHI 111 166 Introduction to Philosophy Edwin Schupbach Th 6:00-9:00
PHI 111 177 Introduction to Philosophy Gabriela Jaramillo M/W 1:00-2:15
PHI 111 201 Introduction to Philosophy David Sackris Online
PHI 112 101 Ethics Thomas Schulte Tu/Th 4:00-5:15
PHI 112 166 Ethics TBA 9:00-12:00
PHI 112 201 Ethics Thomas Schulte Online
PHI 214 101 Philosophy of Religion David Sackris M/W 4:00-5:15

Great Books Courses Offered for the Spring 2020 Semester:

Course (Section Numbers Coming Soon)

Course Title

Professor / Instructor

Days/Time

BIO 112 101 General College Biology II/Lab:SC1-30801 Celia Norman Tu/Th 9:00-12:20
ECO 201 106 Principles of Macroeconomics Joan Anderssen M/W 10:00-11:15

HUM 115

Introduction to Mythology

Scott Guenthner Tu/Th 10:00-11:15

HUM 115

Introduction to Mythology Lisa Lanyon W 5:30-8:45
HUM 115 Introduction to Mythology Kona Morris Thu 11:00-1:45 Parker Campus
HUM 115 Introduction to Mythology Staff M/W 2:30-3:45 Castle Rock Campus
HUM 115 Introduction to Mythology Staff Online
HUM 121 Early Man to Medieval Staff M/W 10:00-11:15
HUM 122 Medieval to Modern Staff Tu/Th 8:30-9:45

 
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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