Basic Program of Liberal Education

Courses

Quarter
Day(s)
Romans Alumni Course
BASC61133 Spring

Alumni Sequence: Romans Year I Alumni Sequence: Romans Year I

The Spring Seminar will explore Roman comedy and drama, starting with Roman comic novel, The Golden Ass, and Plautus’ comic play Manaechmi. Then we will read three plays connected with the myth of...

Civil War era cannon at Gettysburg
BASC64233 Spring

Alumni Sequence: The American Tradition Year II Alumni Sequence: The American Tradition Year II

Spring concludes the sequence, moving toward the twentieth century and more diverse perspectives as encountered in drama, literature, and philosophy.

Seminar Reading List:

1. Willa Cather. Death...

American artist John Trumbull's oil-on-canvas painting depicting the presentation of the draft of the Declaration of Independence to Congress.
BASC40303 Spring

Basic Program Year Four: Spring Basic Program Year Four: Spring

From Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France and Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address to Toni Morrison's Beloved, this Year 4 Spring Seminar spotlights readings related to the founding...

Frontispiece of Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes.
BASC10303 Spring

Basic Program Year One: Spring Basic Program Year One: Spring

Explore human nature and the problem of evil in political, social, and individual contexts in this Year 1 Seminar, offered online or in person. The Tutorial for Spring 2023 is a close reading of...

Title page from the first edition of John Locke's Two Treatises of Government.
BASC30303 Spring

Basic Program Year Three: Spring Basic Program Year Three: Spring

Zero in on philosophical and psychological ideas about human nature and morality in this Year 3 Spring Seminar. Students will investigate Thomas Aquinas' Treatise on Law, John Locke's Second Treatise...

 Augustin Pajou's sculpture of Blaise Pascal studying the cycloid, which is engraved on the tablet he is holding in his left hand.
BASC20303 Spring

Basic Program Year Two: Spring Basic Program Year Two: Spring

Examine philosophical and psychological ideas about human nature and morality in this Year 2 Spring Seminar. Students will dive into Michel de Montaigne's The Essays: A Selection, Blaise Pascal's Pens...

beyond modernity 3
BASC50125 Spring

Beyond Tradition III: The Crisis of Modernity: Apocalypse Beyond Tradition III: The Crisis of Modernity: Apocalypse

“Apocalypse” has become the term of art for expressing a sense of a historical ending, near or remote, terrible or redemptive. In this class, we explore this sense through a variety of classic texts...

Contemporary Philosophy of Mind
BASC70235 Spring

Contemporary Philosophy of Mind Contemporary Philosophy of Mind

In this course we’ll discuss a collection of classic, article-length works in the philosophy of mind published in English during the second half of the 20th century. Topics will include the nature of...

great big novels Joyce
BASC70233 Spring

Great Big Novels: Joyce, Ulysses Great Big Novels: Joyce, Ulysses

In Ulysses, James Joyce composed arguably the modernist novel par excellence. In the course of telling a story, Joyce explores not only the lives of his characters, but also story-telling itself. The...

Herodotus' history
BASC50071 Spring

Herodotus’s Histories Herodotus’s Histories

Herodotus is the great storyteller of the ancient world and also perhaps the first multiculturalist. His stated goal is to write so that “great and wonderful deeds would not go unsung.” He recounts...