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GBK 101. Among Gods and Heroes
The introductory course in the Great Books Program concentrates on the ancient Greeks and includes works by Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Thucydides, and Plato.

GBK 202. Classical Cultures
Prerequisite: GBK 101 or approval of the program director.
Readings from such authors as Plato, Euclid, Aristotle, and Virgil.

GBK 203. The Hebrew and Christian Traditions
Prerequisite: GBK 202 or approval of the program director.
Readings in several books of the Old and New Testaments as well as selections from Augustine and Aquinas.

GBK 304. Order and Ingenuity
Prerequisite: GBK 202 or 203, or approval of the program director.
Readings from such authors as Dante, Chaucer, Machiavelli, Cervantes, Galileo, and Montaigne.

GBK 305. The Modern Worldview
Prerequisite: GBK 202 or 203, or approval of the program director.
Readings from such authors as Shakespeare, Bacon, Descartes, Pascal, Hobbes, Newton, Locke, Hume, and Milton.

GBK 306. Reason and Revolution
Prerequisite: GBK 202 or 203, or approval of the program director.
Readings from such authors as Rousseau, Goethe, Smith, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, Wollstonecraft, Kant, Tocqueville, Marx, Engels, Emerson, and Darwin.

GBK 407. The Age of Ambivalence
Prerequisites: GBK 202, 203, and either GBK 304 or 305 or 306, or approval of the program director.
Readings from such authors as Dostoevsky, Yeats, Mendel, Freud, Weber, and Nietzsche.

GBK 495. Special Topics
Prerequisites: GBK 101 and at least junior status or approval of the program director.
A study of texts, themes, or authors not covered in the regular offerings or an intensive study of a major work. This year's topics are Victor Hugo (Fall semester with Dr. Anna Weaver) and Henry Adams (Spring semester with Dr. Will Jordan). Other topics offered recently include Writings of Jane Austen, Histories, Goethe: Poet and Scientist, Faulkner and the South, Marcel Proust, Paradise Lost, Homer's Iliad, and Great Women Authors.

 

What happens before coming to class!

Many Great Books courses meet in Groover Hall on the historic quad.

Dr. Eva Brann of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, gave a special lecture titled "Achilleian Armor and Odysseian Time" during Fall Semester, 2010. Dr. Brann helped Mercer to start their Great Books Program years ago and we were delighted to have her back on campus.

 
 

To contact us: Dr. Kathryn Kloepper, Director
Great Books Program ׀ Mercer University
1400 Coleman Avenue ׀ Macon, Georgia, 31207
(478) 301-5308 or (800) MERCER-U