Great Books Certificate

Homer . . . Jane Austen. . . Charles Dickens . . . Leo Tolstoy. . . Virginia Woolf. . . Dante. . . Plato. . . Sappho. . . Shakespeare. . .

Liberal Studies students interested in exploring the great books of human civilization through a focused program of study are eligible to receive a “Certificate in Great Books” upon completion of five appropriately-designated courses.

Requirements for the Certificate:

The certificate requires 15 credit hours or 5 three-credit courses including the following:

  • Two LST Foundation courses (one ancient; one modern) 
  • Three courses designated as Great Books from among the LST selections or from selected offerings across the graduate catalog.

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Liberal Studies

The Enlightenment . . . The Renaissance. . . War and Peace. . . The Fall of the Roman Empire. . . The novels of Jane Austen. . . The American Founding. . . The plays of Shakespeare. . . The Civil Rights Movement. . . The Reformation. . . .

These are examples of ideas, books, people, and events that have truly changed the world. What is the best way to study them? History, literature, philosophy, theology, political science, languages – all of these disciplines have something important to say. But how is it possible to combine such different courses into just one master’s degree? The answer is Liberal Studies.