Basic Program of Liberal Education


BASC63122 Winter

Alumni Sequence: The Middle Ages Year I

The sequence continues in Winter Quarter with a focus on some aspects of the relationship between Christian and Muslim cultures. In the seminar, we examine efforts on the part of writers of both...

BASC62222 Winter

Alumni Sequence: The Modern Tradition Year II

We intend to look at science as both a defining cultural force ("scientism") and a source of increasingly unsettling knowledge, with a view to what it might mean, not only to be scientifically...

BASC40202 Winter

Basic Program Year Four: Winter

In the Year 4 Winter Seminar we will read some of the foundational works of political and economic theory, starting with the ancient view represented by Aristotle, and then looking at the origins of a...

BASC10202 Winter

Basic Program Year One: Winter

Basic Program Year 1 continues with Winter Quarter.

The Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults offers a rigorous, noncredit liberal arts curriculum that draws on the strong Socratic...

BASC30202 Winter

Basic Program Year Three: Winter

In Winter Quarter, the Year Three Seminar takes us from the ancient world to Medieval Europe with texts focusing on different kinds of journeys.  The Year Three Tutorial focuses on two classic texts...

BASC20202 Winter

Basic Program Year Two: Winter

The Year 2 Seminar follows three different journeys of self-discovery as the authors explore ideas of alienation, transformation, and homecoming. The Year 2 Winter tutorial will focus on a close...

BASC70131 Winter

Don Quixote

Don Quixote is the first modern novel and many consider it the greatest. We will investigate what all the fuss is about, through close reading and discussion of big, important questions.

BASC50084 Winter

Focus on Shakespeare

This is a two-quarter course covering ten of Shakespeare's plays selected from the comedies, histories, tragedies, and romances.

BASC70059 Summer | Autumn | Winter

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.

BASC70121 Winter

James Joyce's Dubliners and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

"I think he died for me."
—Gretta Conroy, "The Dead"

Our Joyce study opens with Dubliners' detailed, radiant, edge-cut short stories. Joyce's capturing of Irish—and human—psychology, limit...