I. Arts, ideas and values of Western culture.
II. Primary works of literature, visual arts, music, drama, film and/or philosophy/religion.
III. An overview of the development of Western Culture from approximately 1600 A.D.
through the present, including the cultural eras of the Baroque, the Neoclassical,
the Romantic, the Modern and the Postmodern. May be approached chronologically
IV. Works of enduring significance in Western culture and the legacy or heritage of
Western culture in today's world.
V. A representative sampling of primary literary texts taken from the following:
A. Prose: Milton, Fielding, Richardson, Austen, Balzac, Bronte, Dickens,
Dostoevsky, Flaubert, Hugo, Tolstoy, Melville, Twain, Faulkner, Sartre,
Camus, Kafka, Proust, Borges, Garcia-Marquez, Solzhenitsyn, Baldwin,
Wright, Ellison, Morrison, Kingston and Wollenstonecraft.
B. Poetry: Pope, Shelly, Byron, Wordsworth, Elliot, Yeats, Dickenson, Whitman,
Paz and Neruda, Angelou, Brooks.
VI. A representative sampling of theatre such as Corneille, Moliere, Racine, Ibsen, Chekov,
Brecht, Cocteau, O'Neill, Shepard or Beckett.
VII. A representative sampling of film by directors such as Chaplin, Ford, Hitchcock,
Huston, Welles, Bunuel, Renoir, Fellini, Rossellini, Bergman, Micheaux, Lee, Singleton.
VIII. A representative sampling of political and philosophical thought such as
Bacon, Locke, Hobbes, Rouseau, Smith, Voltaire, Kant, Marx, Mill, Freud, Nietzsche,
De Beauvoir, Freidan, Gandhi, Fanon, Foucault, Bakhtin, DuBois, Douglass, King
or Malcolm X.
IX. A representative sampling of visual arts taken from the following:
A. Baroque: Bernini, Rubens, Rembrandt, van Ruysdael, Hals, Caravaggio Vermeer,
B. Roccoco: Watteau, Gainsborough, Tiepolo
C. Neoclassisism: David, Ingres, Canova, Greek Revival, Pompeii and Herculaneum
D. Realism: Courbet, Van Gogh, Gericault, Delacroix, Daumier, Whistler
E. Romanticism: Friedrich, Goya, Cole, Constable, Turner, Church, Beirstadt
F. Modernism: Munch, Chagall, Duchamp, Klee, Matisse, Picasso, Braque,
Klimt, Pollack, Dali, De Kooning
XI. Comparison to a non-Western culture in Asia and Africa, Central or South American
or the Middle East.