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Western Heritage

Courses in this category introduce students to the history, philosophy, literature, and art of Western culture and examine the development of social institutions, government, and politics.


AUCW 180 A Western Heritage:

The Humanities

This integrative course in the humanities considers the contemporary search for solutions to the age-old problems in gaining understanding of truth, art, and ethics. Central questions of value and meaning are pursued by academic disciplines that came to be called the humanities. The course provides an introduction to these humanities together with their essential components, conventions, and connections. (Written and Oral Communication and Values Identification)

AUCW 210 Discovering America I:

American Civilization to 1865 

Through the scope of American society, culture, and thought during the formative period of 1607 to 1865, five topics are considered in depth: (1) the social and economic development of the Southern colonies; (2) the evolution of religious beliefs and institutions; (3) the origins of American politics; (4) industrialization, westward expansion, and American character; (5) the debate over slavery.(Written Communication and Critical Thinking)  

AUCW 211 Discovering America II:

American Civilization, 1865–1945 

America’s emergence as an industrial nation and a predominantly middle-class culture are the focus of this course. Topics: impact of capitalism and technology, immigration and its social consequences, religious sectarianism, civil rights struggles, closing of the Western frontier and its surviving popular myth, and emergence of a mass consumer society are covered. (Written Communication and Critical Thinking)

AUCW 212 Discovering America III:

American Civilization, 1945-Present

The topics chosen for investigation in this course represent many of the most significant themes and issues that have been and continue to be influential in shaping the contours of recent American cultural experience, post-World War II. Reading for this course emphasizes the diverse perspectives of major American writers, historians, and social scientists on such topics as the pursuit of the “American Dream,” racial inequality, and the antiwar movement and its aftermath. (Written Communication and Critical Thinking)