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How DWC Works

The First Three Semesters (DWC 101, 102, and 201)

The first three semesters of the Development of Western Civilization Program consist of a seminar-style encounter with significant texts from Western and other world civilizations. These three semesters are four credits each and arranged chronologically.

  • The first semester is dedicated to works from Antiquity,
  • the second semester is dedicated to works from the Medieval and Early Modern period, and
  • the third semester is dedicated to works from the Modern period.

The Fourth Semester DWC Colloquium (DWC 202)

The fourth semester of the Development of Western Civilization Program consists of a team-taught, four-credit colloquium. Students choose from a variety of colloquia according to their interests. Building upon the first three semesters, the advanced colloquium focuses on a specific, contemporary issue in the context of the western tradition. Colloquia seek to extend the interdisciplinary approach beyond the humanities [natural science, social science, education, and business], and relate Western history and culture to the histories and cultures beyond the West.