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 Fall 2018 Semester:


Course Title


ECO 201 106

Principles of Macroeconomics


ENG 122 107 English Composition II Hubbell
ENG 122 109 English Composition II Hubbell
HIS 101 101 Western Civilization: Antiquity-1650 Gore

HIS 121 101

United States History I


HIS 236 101 US History since 1945 Gore

HIS 255 101

History of Medieval Ages


HUM 115 101

Introduction to Mythology


HUM 115 102

Introduction to Mythology


HUM 115 177

Introduction to Mythology Lanyon
HUM 115 201 Introduction to Mythology Morris
HUM 123 101 Humanities: The Modern World Rubin
LIT 115 101 Introduction to Literature Snow
LIT 115 102 Introduction to Literature Trotter
LIT 115 103 Introduction to Literature Lawson
LIT 201 101 World Literature to 1600 Rubin
LIT 205 201 Ethnic Literature


PHI 111 101 Introduction to Philosophy Sackris
PHI 111 102 Introduction to Philosophy Sackris
PHI 111 103 Introduction to Philosophy Sackris
PHI 111 177 Introduction to Philosophy Sackris
PHI 112 101 Ethics Sackris
PHI 112 101 Ethics Bolles
PHI 214 101 Philosophy of Religion Sackris
PSY 102 103 General Psychology II Hagood

PSY 226 101

Social Psychology



For more information, please contact:
Juliet Hubbell
Great Books Program Coordinator 
Office: M4695
Office Phone: 303.797.5617