Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Great Works of Literature

All Baruch students are required to take at least one semester of Great Works of Literature I and II, either in the English Department (ENG 2800 and 2850, see Student Bulletin), or in the Department of Modern Languages (LTT 2800 and 2850, see Student Bulletin). The goal of these courses is to set major literary works in their social historical, religious, economic, and political contexts, while covering a truly global range of cultures. Courses compare and contrast cross-cultural conceptions of the relationship between the human and divine, and examine joint human concerns as voiced through timeless works of literature.

“Impressive and effective... Definitely increases consciousness of individual backgrounds and appreciation for others’ cultural backgrounds.”

“I felt very fulfilled by the course this semester. It gave me a much broader view of the world…. The readings gave me a sense of the historical pride these many cultures had and still have.”

—Great Works Students

Classes, taught by experienced full-time faculty in small discussion sections, explore fantasy novels, satire, Romantic poetry, and modern plays across abroad range of narrative, lyric, and dramatic forms. Readings represent different cultures and historical periods from ancient times to the present. Discussions involve both close reading of selected texts and comparison of the values the texts promote

Students engage in a variety of communication-intensive activities designed to enhance their appreciation of literature and their awareness of the way it shapes and reflects a multicultural world. Through the writing of analytic essays and by making both formal and informal oral presentations, students improve their critical thinking and communication skills, key components of a well-rounded liberal arts education.

Note: While the Great Works requirement applies to all transfer students, those with equivalent course credit may request exemption. For further information please contact Professor Cheryl Smith.

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