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Center for Western Civilization Certificate


The Certificate in Western Civilization is intended for students who focus a portion of their university studies on the foundations of western thought and society. Its emphasis is coursework focusing on languages and cultures, science, the arts, philosophy, law and government in their ancient, medieval, and modern forms.

The certificate requires the completion with a grade of C-or better of 24 credit hours, at least nine hours of which must be taken from a menu of required courses, and at least twelve hours of which must be taken at the upper-division level (3000 or higher). No more than two courses (or six credit hours) may be taken from within the student's major. Students interested in pursuing the certificate should inform the Center <pasnau@colorado.edu> of their intentions.

 

 

Required courses 12 hours

 

These courses are offered each year. Students will enroll in a minimum of nine hours of the following courses. One course must be taken from each cluster: Literature, History, and Science.

  • Literature
    • Classics 1110: Masterpieces of Greek Literature
    • Classics 1120: Masterpieces of Roman Literature
    • English 2502: British Literary History I
    • English 3000: Shakespeare for Non-Majors
      (English majors may elect English 3563 [Early Shakespeare] or 3573 [Later Shakespeare])
    • Humanities 1010: Introduction to Humanities 1(six credit hours)
    • Humanities 1020: Introduction to Humanities 2 (six credit hours)
  • History
    • Western Civ (CWCV) 2000: The Western Tradition
    • History 1010: Western Civilization 1: Antiquity to Sixteenth Century
    • History 1020: Western Civilization 2: Sixteenth Century to the Present
    • History/Classics 1051: The World of the Ancient Greeks
    • History/Classics 1061: Rise and Fall of Ancient Rome
  • Science
    • Classics 2020: Science in the Ancient World
    • Philosophy 3410: History of Science: Ancients to Newton
    • Philosophy 3430: History of Science: Newton to Einstein
    • History 4314: History of Science from the Ancients to Newton

     

Elective courses

 

These courses are offered regularly, but not each semester. Students are advised to check with the offering department regarding availability. Some courses may have prerequisites. Additional courses may be petitioned for inclusion in meeting Certificate requirements through the Center director.

  • Art
    • Classics/Art History 3039: Greek Art and Archeology
    • Classics/Art History 3049: Introduction to Roman Art and Architecture
    • Art History 3079: Medieval Art Survey
    • Art History 3309: European Art, 1300-1800
  • Literature
    • English 3543: Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
    • English 3583: Milton
    • English 4113: History and Culture of Medieval England
    • English 4523: The Renaissance in England: 1500-1600
    • English 4533: The Renaissance in England: 1600-1700
    • French 3110: Main Currents of French Literature 1
    • French 4350: French Enlightenment
    • German 3502: Literature in the Age of Goethe
    • Humanities 3220: Epic
    • Humanities 3230: Comedy
    • Humanities 3240: Tragedy
    • Humanities 4000: The Question of Romanticism
    • Humanities/Classics 4110: Greek and Roman Epic
    • Humanities/Classics 4120: Greek and Roman Tragedy
    • Humanities/Classics 4130: Greek and Roman Comedy
    • Humanities/Italian 4140: The Age of Dante
    • Humanities/Italian 4150: Decameron and the Age of Realism
    • Italian 3160: Readings in Italian Literature: Medieval and Renaissance
    • Spanish 4150: Masterpieces of Spanish Literature to 1700
    • Spanish 4620: Cervantes
  • Ideas
    • German/Humanities 3505: The Enlightenment: Tolerance and Emancipation
    • German/Humanities 4502: Nietzsche: Literature and Values
    • Philosophy 3000: History of Ancient Philosophy
    • Philosophy 3010: History of Modern Philosophy
    • Philosophy 4030: Medieval Philosophy
    • Religious Studies 3000: Christian Tradition
    • Religious Studies/Jewish Studies 3100: Judaism
  • Politics
    • Political Science 2004: Survey of Western Political Thought
    • History/Classics 4041 (PHIL 4210): Classical Greek Political Thought
  • History
    • History/Classics 4021: Athens and Greek Democracy
    • History/Classics 4031: Alexander the Great and the Rise of Macedonia
    • History/Classics 4061: Twilight of Antiquity
    • History/Classics 4081: The Roman Republic
    • History/Classics 4091: Roman Empire
    • History 4320: History of the Mediterranean, 1000-1600
    • History 4511: Europe in the Dark Ages (400-1000)
    • History 4521: Europe in the High Middle Ages (1000-1400)
    • History 4122: Europe During the Renaissance
    • History 4212: Early Modern Europe (1500-1789)
    • History 4232: The Age of Reason, Montaigne to Voltaire
    • History/Jewish Studies 4454: Jewish Intellectual History