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The Major and Minor

This week’s featured program is the major and minor in Great Books at Saint Anselm College, housed within the Philosophy Department. From the website:

The Great Books Program, administered by the Philosophy Department, aims to bring about a fully integrated liberal arts education. Through the study of great works in the arts, literature, philosophy, science, and theology, primarily of Western Civilization, the program challenges students to seek out what is true, what is good, and what is beautiful, so that they may become wiser and better human beings. The program engages the abilities to think clearly, to write well, and to communicate persuasively. When developed, these abilities are applicable to a wide range of career options within the social, economic, and political world into which the student graduates.

Students enrolled in the major take nine courses, and have some flexibility in choosing their courses. All majors are required to pass an oral comprehensive exam in their senior year. Students enrolled in the minor take any five Great Books courses, with the opportunity to include Philosophy coursework, if desired. 

Two Interesting Courses

GB 171 – Ethics in Great Books

A Great Books approach to ethics that focuses on classic texts from many Western intellectual traditions and historical periods.

GB 276 – Non-Western Great Books

A study of great works from outside the Western canon, including selections from the among following: Ptahhotep, Vedas, Upanishads, Confucius, Laozi, Buddhist Sutras, Kebra Nagast, Sundiata, Cao Xuequin, Anand, Borges, Achebe, Kōbō Abe, Salih, and Silko.

Five Possible Complementary Majors/Minors at Saint Anselm College

Unique Opportunities within the Major/Minor

Students pursuing the Great Books major can add a double major in Philosophy; two courses can be counted to fulfill requirements for both majors. 

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