FDCA 206

Great Books


Course Description

A study of great books from ancient times to the early 20th Century. A deep reading of literary masterpieces in a variety of cultural, aesthetic, and historical contexts.  

Course Contents & Topics  

What is a Great Book? How does the current book we are reading meet the criteria of Great Books we have discussed in this class? How is the current book we are reading relevant to contemporary problems or issues? What complex wisdom or insight into human experience is conveyed through the book we are currently reading? What insights into the relationships between men and women have been conveyed through this semester's books? Why is reading Great Books important? What is the relationship between reading Great Books and deep learning? Explain how regular voluntary reading might have a positive influence on one's career, financial status, artistic tastes, exercise participation, and even health. What is the relationship between reading Great Books and empathy?

Goals and Objectives

Students will:

  • Acquire knowledge and wisdom from a deep reading of 5 Great Books ·         Come to a better understanding of what constitutes a Great Book
  • Keep a Reading Journal on 5 Great Books we read for this class
  • Come to class every day prepared to discuss and analyze these Great Books
  • Come to understand and appreciate how reading Great Books may improve and enrich our lives    
Course Requirements  

Students will complete tests, a reading journal, reflection papers, quizzes and attend a cultural event.    

Course Prerequisites
  • Completion of Writing and Reasoning (FDENG 101) with a D- or higher
  • Completion of American Foundations (FDAMF 101) with a D- or higher
  • Completion of Foundations of Humanities (FDCA 101) with a D- or higher
Semesters Taught

Winter, Spring, Fall

Course Lead

Dan Pearce
Dan Pearce

E-MAIL
pearced@byui.edu