ERIC Number: ED306892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The Augusta College Humanities Program: Strengthening an Introductory Three-Course Sequence.
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; Augusta Coll., GA.
Presented is a compilation of materials concerning the Augusta College Humanities Program in Augusta, Georgia, beginning with a brief description of the program and its background. In 1984, the college began a 2.5-year project to revitalize and strengthen its required sophomore level three course humanities sequence (Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century, the Modern World), tracing cultural monuments of western civilization from antiquity to the modern era. The sequence enrolls 600 students per year, most of whom are vocationally-oriented with non-intellectual backgrounds. The courses are team-taught by three faculty members from literature, music, and art. They focus on helping students discover the connections among the disciplines. They have an experiential component incorporating hands-on experience that requires students to chisel marble, experiment with tempera, and attempt different keyboard instruments to gain a better understanding of the process behind the work. Students must attend numerous live events and write reviews of them. To create the program, three key faculty members attended a special summer-long faculty development program at Yale University. Their experiences formed the model they brought back for the teaching teams in the program. This program is highly successful, gaining both local and national recognition. The bulk of the document consists of appended essays containing the evaluations and recommendations of five nationally recognized interdisciplinary scholars brought to the campus as consultants. Sample syllabi from the three courses, and the responses from students collected at the end of the 1987-88 sequence complete the document. (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; Augusta Coll., GA.