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King Menkaure (also known as Mycerinus) and his Queen (probably Kha-merer- nebty II). From Giza, Menkaure Temple; Dynasty 4, 2548-2530 B.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.


A chronological interdisciplinary survey designed to strengthen the studentís fundamental grasp of human values through the study of humanityís ideas, discoveries, and creative achievements. Areas of consideration will include art, literature, and philosophy. This course begins with the pre-history of human beings and continues through the medieval period. No prerequisite.


This course has two main objectives. The first is to introduce the student to the humanities through an in-depth examination of the influence of the classical and Judeo-Christian traditions on the modern West. The second is to improve the studentís ability to think critically, write clearly, and speak persuasively. Critical thinking about the past is essential to understanding the present.

By the end of the course, each student will demonstrate progress in the following course objectives:


The usual method of teaching will be through lectures and class discussions. Visual and audio resources will be used to supplement lectures. In addition to attending class, reading the required readings, and participating in class discussions, students are required to complete five unit exams, two analysis papers, and one source report (SR).

EXAMS: The unit exams (at the conclusion of each unit) are designed to measure studentsí knowledge of specific cultures and their mastery of certain periods of time. The final exam is not cumulative; instead, it covers the last unit. For the first unit, there is a short quiz in lieu of an exam.

PAPERS: Students will complete two analysis papers. The first, due Apr. 2, will analyze either of the two films we will be watching in class (The Last Temptation of Christ or Gladiator). The second, due Apr. 27, will review a classic text. I have attached a list of suggested books. Students must either choose from this list, or suggest their own alternative. All choices must be submitted in writing and approved by the professor (me).

Papers will be typed, double-spaced, with 1" margins. Both papers should be 4-5 pages long. These are not meant to be summaries; they should critically analyze the work in question. Unexcused late work will be penalized 10% per day. All essays are due at the beginning of the class period. Further instructions for both papers will be provided in class.

SRs: Finally, students will submit three source reports (SRs), 1 1/2 Ė2 pages long, to demonstrate their capacity to analyze primary source materials. These materials, their location, and due dates will be discussed in class.


All student work will be judged according to the following academic criteria:

Every studentís final grade will be earned via the following:

Unit Exams 40 % (each exam=10%)

Analysis Papers 30 % (each paper=15%)

Source Reports 15 % (each SR=5%)

Class Participation 10 %

Unit I Quiz 5 %


To access a lecture on-line, click on one of the links below.

Lecture #1 OL    Lecture #2 OL    Lecture #3 OL

Lecture #4 OL    Lecture #5 OL    Lecture #6 OL

Lecture #7 OL    Lecture #8 OL (Classical Greece)   

Lecture #9 OL (Rome)

Lecture # 10 OL (Judaism)    Lecture #11 OL (Early Christianity)


Other Links- Source Report Materials

Plato's Apology

Sophocles' Antigone    Antigone

Aristophanes' Clouds    The Clouds

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