Core Curriculum - CAS

College of Arts & Sciences

The Ancient World

CAS CC 101

Begins in the ancient Near East with the origins of Mesopotamian civilization and the Hebrew Bible. Continues with an overview of the beginning and development of Greek civilization and careful study of Homer, Greek tragedy, and Plato. Students also examine architecture and the visual arts, as well as the relation of beauty and mathematics, with a study of the Parthenon and its role in Athenian Imperialism. Students will be asked to listen to additional online lectures to augment class discussion. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 21-June 25)

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Antiquity and the Medieval World

CAS CC 102

Focuses on ethical themes and questions from the Western and Eastern traditions, with a particular focus on the human connection to nature. Includes Aristotle, Confucius, Lao-tzu, the Bhagavad-gita, Virgil, the Gospels, and Dante. 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. Students will be asked to listen to additional online lectures to augment class discussion. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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