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Great Books Program?

searchlight22searchlight22 Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
edited December 2009 in Carleton College
My son was just deferred by Columbia. This really upset him, but I believe Columbia's decision is a blessing in disguise. A school like Carleton can provide a better education, closer contact with professors, better teachers, more fun and more lifetime friends than Columbia can offer.

One of the big attractions of Columbia for my son was its famous Core Curriculum and especially its Contemporary Civilization Course whose readings include Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, etc.

Contemporary Civilization | Columbia College

My son already liked Carleton when he visited the campus. If Carleton has a course which comes close to offering what Columbia does in Contemporary Civilization, that would convince my son to apply ED2 to Carleton.

I heard that Carleton is developing a great books program. Can someone on this discussion board provide some information on this?

Thank you.
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Replies to: Great Books Program?

  • searchlight22searchlight22 Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
    Thanks, got my answer.
  • KeilexandraKeilexandra Registered User Posts: 5,492 Senior Member
    Care to share the answer with the board at large?
  • sunmachinesunmachine Registered User Posts: 824 Member
    Yeah, really.
  • searchlight22searchlight22 Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
    Sorry to leave you hanging. I assume this will be enough to satisfy my son:

    Carleton College: Carleton News: Kudos: Laurence Cooper Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

    Also this

    PHIL 110: Arguing About Politics
    This course introduces students to several classic texts in the history of political thought and provides them with an opportunity to interpret these texts critically by concentrating on argument analysis. Students will also learn to construct and effectively communicate their own arguments about foundational issues in politics. We will discuss justifications of democracy, the challenge of diverse citizenship, the role of deliberation in politics and related questions. We will read works by Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Rousseau, Locke, de Tocqueville, Mill as well as some contemporary political theorists. 6; Humanities; offered Spring 2010 -- A. Moltchanova

    These readings don't exactly duplicate Columbia's Contemporary Civilization course but they come close. I assume some independent study could fill in the blanks if a student really wished to recreate the Columbia course during his/her time at Carleton.
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