About Great Books
- > Introduction
- What Does it Mean to be Human?
- Why Call These Books "Great?"
- What is Critical Thinking?
Great Books at Hopkins is a course designed for first-year undergraduates that examines some of the greatest works of the literary and philosophical tradition in Europe and the Americas. With lectures, panel discussions, multimedia presentations, and small seminars, professors from a variety of academic disciplines lead students in exploring authors from Homer to the present.
Close reading and intensive writing instruction are hallmarks of the course, as is a varied reading list that includes Dante’s Inferno, Cervante’s Don Quixote, and Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.
The course features:
- An emphasis on close readings, literary analysis and criticism, and student writing.
- A multimedia approach (including some live opera performances).
- Close interaction with accomplished Johns Hopkins faculty of diverse backgrounds in the humanities.