Core in Summer Term @BU

CAS CC 102: Antiquity and the Medieval World

Second-semester Core Humanities focuses on ethical themes and questions from the Western and Eastern traditions, with a particular focus on the human connection to nature. The course includes Aristotle, Confucius, Lao-tzu, the Bhagavad-gita, Virgil, the Gospels, and the Divine Comedy. Students compare Biblical views of the best way of human life to the philosophic and literary views of the Classical world, look at the synthesis of the two in Dante, and examine both in contrast to the views of Asian thinkers. A study of Western and Asian art at the Museum of Fine Arts complements the coursework. Taught by Prof. Jura Avizienis, a specialist in sociology who teaches in Core and in the CAS Writing Program.

Core Summer Humanities seminars are enriched by community activities including a weekly free lunch, open to faculty, students from other Core classes, and alumni in the Boston area; trips to the Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard Art Museums; guest speakers; and focused writing support from the Core Writing Fellows.


A course syllabus in PDF format and list of required textbooks will be available here by mid-May. In the meantime, students can get a sense of the course content by referring to the Spring 2016 syllabus for CC 102.