Department chair Clark Power’s description makes it sound like a student’s dream.
“There are absolutely no lectures,” he says. “The teacher’s role is to ask questions and facilitate the discussion but not to be an expert. There is absolutely no lecturing allowed.”
Power is talking about the Program of Liberal Studies’ seminar, the four-credit Great Books course that’s required of the program’s students each semester. What he adds, however, is that the students have to be ready to mix it up intellectually and the writing demands are rigorous. And the reading list takes you on a three-year tour of the greatest minds in history: Aristotle, Plato, Augustine, Aquinas, Shakespeare, Confucius, Lao-Tzu, Nietzsche, Dostoevski, Darwin, Marx and many others.…