Course Description

Augustine and Culture Seminars: Detailed Course Description

Course Titles:  Augustine and Culture Seminar: “Ancients” (ACS 1000) and “Moderns” (ACS 1001)    

Catalog Description:  These seminars focus on the question: Who am I? The first seminar contains readings from Hebrew and Christian scriptures, Greek and Roman antiquity, Augustine’s Confessions, and the High Middle Ages and is dedicated to understanding the foundations of our shared intellectual tradition.  The second semester continues to address the question of identity with texts from the Renaissance to the present.

Course Guidelines:

ACS 1000 explores the guiding question of “Who Am I” and includes readings from each of the following:

·       Hebrew Bible (Genesis recommended)

·       New Testament (Recommended: Acts of the Apostles,
        Gospel of Mark)

·       Classical Greece (suggested readings: Homer, Plato
        (Symposium, Apology), Sophocles, Aristotle

·       St. Augustine’s Confessions (required)

·       Medieval Europe

ACS 1001 continues to explore the question of “Who Am I?” and incorporates readings from the Renaissance to the present, including:

·       One play by Shakespeare

·       Two common texts (across all ACS sections) chosen
        By faculty committee and drawn from a list of “great books”         predominantly but not exclusively from the Western tradition         (also chosen by faculty committee).

For 2012-2013: Hobbes’ Leviathan and Pascal’s Pensees.

·       Two texts chosen by the individual professor from the elective reading list

·       Two “open” selections



  • To provide a foundation of studies in the Humanities, in conjunction with the other Mission courses in Theology and Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Ethics, which students can build upon in their major field of study and in their electives.

          To help students see the interconnections between the
          various disciplines of the humanities through the common
          Study of primary texts and the pursuit of fundamental 
          human questions.

  • To advance the intellectual and moral mission of the College by introducing students to the Christian and Augustinian traditions.


     To advance students in the following skills of critical reading
      and inquiry, writing, speaking and listening:

o   Analyze and understand difficult and important classical texts;

o   Write clearly and persuasively, supporting positions with
    argumentation and evidence;

o  Communicate effectively orally, based on reading and in class discussion s with other students;

o   Work well and learn from other members of the class in a
     climate of mutual respect.


  • To further the development of a vital intellectual community of scholars and student- scholars who learn from each other as active participants in these first year seminars.
  • To help students apply new perspectives and make connections between the student’s own ideas and values and the texts, and between the texts themselves.


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