ABOUT THE CERTIFICATION
The Graduate Certification in Humanities is for all who have an interest in learning about the great books of the Western world. The foundation for the Certification is the selection of works in Mortimer J. Adler's 60-volume The Great Books of the Western World (1994 Edition).
The first three courses in the program are a survey of this corpus including Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Marcus Aurelius, Virgil, Plutarch, Tacitus, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Dante, Machiavelli, Erasmus, Shakespeare, Bacon, Descartes, Milton, Pascal, Locke, Hume, Voltaire, Gibbon, Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Darwin, Marx, Freud, and many others. The Trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) and Quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy) have long been essential pillars of classical education. The writings of Plato and Aristotle are the foundation of Western thought upon which the Trivium and Quadrivium pillars stand. The renaissance of thought emerged in Italy, which infused classical thought with the study of humanities (studia humanitatis).
This Certification is an 18-hour "stand-alone" credential but will transfer into Harbinger's Master's Degree, which requires an additional 18-hours of graduate study.
REQUIRED CORE COURSES (18-HOURS)
Professor Shawn D. Mathis, Ph.D.