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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 2015 Semester:

Course/section

Course Title

Professor

BIO111 101

General College Biology I

Norman

BIO 112 101

General College Biology II

Norman

COM 115 115

Public Speaking

Epstein

ECO 201 106

Principles of Macroeconomics

Anderssen

ENG 121 117

English Composition I

Hubbell

ENG 122 107

English Composition II

Hubbell

ENG 226 101

Fiction Writing

Staff

HIS 101 101

Western Civilizations I

Gore

HIS 102 102

Western Civilizations II

Gore

HIS 121 101

United States History I

Gore

HIS 122 101

United States History II

Gore

HIS 236 101

United States History Since 1945

Gore

HUM 115 101

Introduction to Mythology

Hubbell

HUM 121 101

Humanities: Early Civilization

Snow

HUM 121 102

Humanities: Early Civilization

Staff

HUM 122 101

Humanities: From Medieval to Modern

Staff

HUM 123 101

Humanities: The Modern World

Bolles

LIT 115 103

Introduction to Literature I

Caruso

LIT 115 201

Introduction to Literature I

Trotter

LIT 202 101

World Literature after 1600

Rubin

LIT 268 101

Celtic Literature

Snow

PHI 111 102

Introduction to Philosophy

Broome

PHI 111 103

Introduction to Philosophy

Flory

PHI 111 201

Introduction to Philosophy

Broome

PHI 111 202

Introduction to Philosophy

Broome

PHI 112 101

Ethics

Gowan

PHI 112 102

Ethics

Broome

PHI 112 201

Ethics

Broome

POS 111 101

American Government

Carr

POS 111 201

American Government

Carr

POS 111 301

American Government

Carr

PSY 226 101

Social Psychology

Hagood

SOC 102 101

Introduction to Sociology II

Ratliff

 
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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