Basic Program of Liberal Education

Courses

Quarter
Day(s)
BASC40303 Spring

Basic Program Year Four: Spring

The Year 4 Spring Seminar focuses on readings related to the founding and early years of the United States. The Tutorial is a close reading of Plato’s dialogue Phaedo, which explores the nature of the...

BASC10303 Spring

Basic Program Year One: Spring

The Year 1 Seminar explores human nature and the problem of evil in political, social, and individual contexts.  The Tutorial is a close reading of Shakespeare's Hamlet.   Course code: BASC10303

BASC30303 Spring

Basic Program Year Three: Spring

The Year 3 Spring Seminar focuses on philosophical and psychological ideas about human nature and morality. The Tutorial is a close reading of Dante’s most famous work, Inferno.

BASC20303 Spring

Basic Program Year Two: Spring

The Year 2 Spring Seminar focuses on philosophical and psychological ideas about human nature and morality. The Year 2 Spring Tutorial is a close reading of the Bible's Old Testament.

BASC50093 Spring

Hermann Broch: Death of Virgil

The Death of Virgil (1945), by the prominent Austrian modernist of Jewish descent, Hermann Broch (1886-1951), is an imaginative and delightfully challenging story about the last day of Virgil's life...

BASC70059 Summer | Autumn | Winter | Spring

How to Read Classic Texts

This course is an introduction to the method of close reading encouraged in the Basic Program, starting from Adler's How to Read a Book.

BASC70139 Spring

John Donne's Poetry

John Donne, the great metaphysical poet, learned lawyer, and signal Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, was a man of crashing intellect and passion. From the earthiness, anger, seduction, bravado and humor...