English: Great Books, Certificate of Achievement

Those who complete the MPC Great Books Program receive a Certificate of Achievement recognizing them as a “Great Books Scholar.” This designation aids in transfer and scholarship applications, enhances resumes for future employers, and signifies verbal fluency and cultural literacy.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Express, orally and through cogent writing, a thorough knowledge and understanding of Great Books concepts, traditions of inquiry, and critiques.
  • Provide evidence of a thorough, comprehensive knowledge of particular literary, historical, and philosophical works and their presentation of perennial, enduring questions.
  • Consider ideas syntopically and discuss the products of the Western literary and cultural tradition as an ongoing Great Conversation.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

Required Core
ENGL 5Introduction to Great Books3
Select at least 13 units from the following:13
Understanding Art
Literature by and About Women
Introduction to Shakespeare
The Bible As Literature
Great Books Seminar I
Great Books Seminar II
Great Books Seminar III
Survey of American Literature I
Survey of American Literature II
Survey of World Literature I
Survey of World Literature II
Survey of British Literature I
Survey of British Literature II
The Great Novel
Western Civilization I
Exploration of Values in Living
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to World Religions
Total Units16

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.