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Great Books Major

Students can construct their own major in the great books under the auspices of the Liberal Arts Humanities Program.

The Humanities Program offers the highly motivated and able student the opportunity to fashion his or her own course of study as a major for the B.A. degree. Each applicant to the program consults with the Humanities adviser to design a major consisting of forty-two credit hours beyond The University's basic education requirements. Each course in the individual program of study must clearly contribute to a coherent major with a focus on a particular theme, idea, or question.

Admission into the Humanities Program is by application only. Students interested in applying for Humanities as a major are encouraged to review the major requirements, the contract form, and the application materials provided on the Humanities Program website, and to consult with the director, Larry Carver, during their freshman or sophomore year.

Sample Humanities Major Contracts in Core Texts and Ideas

Contract with a Focus on Political Philosophy

CTI 304 The Bible and its Interpreters
GOV 351C The Classical Quest for Justice
E 379N Homer in Translation
GOV 351D The Theoretical Foundations of Modern Politics
E 321 Shakespeare: Selected Plays
GOV 335M Might and Right among Nations
GOV 335M Critics of Modern Liberalism
GOV 335M Politics and Morality
GOV 379S Honors seminar in political philosophy
CTI 365 Classics of Social Scientific Thought
HIS 343 Age of Reformation
HMN 679H Honors Tutorial: The Problem of Piety in Thucydides

Contract with a Focus on Medieval and Reformation Christian Thought

RS 304 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
GOV 351C The Classical Quest for Justice
CC 322 Classical Literature in Translation
PHL 249 History of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
PHL 329L Early Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant
E 321 Shakespeare: Selected Plays
PHL 354 History of Christian Philosophy
RS 357 Martin Luther: History and Memory
RS 357 The Spanish Inquisition
RS 357 Saints Francis and Clare
CTI 370 Core Texts in the History of Science
GOV 335 Politics and Morality
HMN 350 Masterworks of World Drama
HMN 370 Senior Tutorial: Thomas More on Heresy and Orthodoxy

Contract with a Focus on scientific Thought


E 358J The Bible as Literature
PHL 329K History of Ancient Philosophy
CC 301 Introduction to Ancient Greece
PHL 349/CTI 326 History of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
PHL 329L Early Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant
E 379N The Enlightenment
CTI 365 Classics of Social Scientific Thought
CTI 370 The Origin of Species and the Politics of Darwinism
CTI 371 Great Ideas in the History of Mathematics
HIS 322 History of Modern Science
PHL 322 Science and the Modern World
PHL 363L Topics in Philosophy of Science
HMN 679H Honors Tutorial: Galileo on reality and scientific models

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