The Program in Core Texts and Ideas is an introduction to the liberal arts through the study of the great books. It complements any major in the university with a sequence of six courses that can also meet UT core requirements. To complete the program, students take one course from each of four areas, as well as two great books electives from our list of qualifying courses. The four required areas are listed below, together with 2013-14 courses that satisfy them.
Required Courses 2013-141. Philosophy and Literature of the Ancient World
Classical philosophy and literature primarily from ancient Greece, exploring fundamental questions about human nature, justice, ethics, and humanity's place in the cosmos. Readings will include one or more masterpieces of epic or tragedy and one or more dialogues of Plato.
CC 301 Introduction to Ancient Greece (fall and spring)
or UGS 303 The Discovery of Freedom (Woodruff, fall)
or CTI 320 Classical Quest for Justice (Helfer, fall)
or CTI 301 Ancient Philosophy and Literature-Honors (Dempsey, spring)
2. Major Texts of World Religions
A study of basic religious texts, including both the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, examined from various perspectives, with emphasis on the fundamental questions and ideas raised in those texts.
CTI 304 The Bible and its Interpreters (Newheiser, fall)
3. History of Political Philosophy
Introduces the great rival conceptions of the moral basis and goals of political life as elaborated by revolutionary thinkers in the history of political philosophyt.
UGS 303 Justice, Liberty, Happiness (T. Pangle, fall)
or or CTI 325 Morality and Politics (Dempsey, fall)
or or CTI 323 Might and Right among Nations (Rabinowitz, fall)
or CTI 303 Competing Visions of the Good Life (Abramson, spring)
Close readings from primary texts that have shaped or that reflect deeply on American democracy, including the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist Papers, and Tocqueville's Democracy in America.
GOV 312P America's Constitutional Principles: Core Texts (Buchanan, fall)
or GOV 312P-H America's Constitutional Principles: Core Texts-Honors (Dempsey, spring)