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.