UFWT 101 Western Intellectual Tradition I: The Heritage of Greece and Rome (4) - First in a four-semester sequence, this interdisciplinary seminar examines the classical foundations of the Western intellectual tradition. Through the works of Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, Aurelius, and others, students will explore how Greco-roman conceptions of virtue, justice, and citizenship have influenced the development of Western values.
UFWT 102 Western Intellectual Tradition II: Christianity from Antiquity to the Renaissance (4) - This seminar examines the contributions of Christianity to the Western intellectual tradition. Through the works of Augustine, Aquinas, Dante, Machiavelli, and others, students will understand how Christianity engaged its Greco-Roman heritage, developed its own distinct traditions, and contributed to the rise of Renaissance humanism.
UFWT 201 Western Intellectual Tradition III: Reformation, Revolution, and Enlightenment (4) - This seminar examines how revolutions in faith, science, and philosophy shaped the development of the Western intellectual tradition. Through the works of Luther, Galileo, Shakespeare, Descartes, Wollstonecraft, and others, students will discover how the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment offered new ways of thinking about the nature of authority.
UFWT 202 Western Intellectual Tradition IV: The Challenge of Modernity (4) - This seminar examines modernity's impact on the Western intellectual tradition. Through the works of Austen, Marx, Darwin, Woolf, Nietzsche, and others, students will explore how modernity has questions the foundational assumptions of Western thought. Discussions in this course are intended to prepare students for their study of non-Western cultures in the junior and senior year.