GWAC Requirements

As of fall 2017, students who have begun their coursework before fall 2017 will have a choice of requirements to earn the certificate. The old requirements are listed toward the bottom of this page. The new requirements are as follows:

  • ENG (English) 231: World Literature I (3 credits)
  • GWK (Great Works) 300: Great Works of Philosophy and Literature (3 credits)
  • Electives: 6 credits (see the notes below)
  • Total credits: 12

The new requirements will be effective for students who begin their coursework in fall 2017 or later.

Notes:

  1. A list of regular electives is available near the bottom of this page. Courses other than those electives, including independent studies, may be accepted with the approval of the director. The standard rule is that two-thirds or more of the readings on the syllabus should consist of works (studied in whole or in part) by authors on a list approved by the Great Works Academic Certificate (GWAC) Committee. For the list, see the list of Great Books on this website. If you need help in obtaining a syllabus before registering for a course, or if you have any other questions, contact the director.
  2. At least six credits must be completed at UNLV.
  3. Students may use nine credits at the 100- or 200-level in a single foreign language as a substitute for three credits of electives.
  4. Students may take three credits of electives in visual or performing arts. Students should obtain the approval of the director for a particular course. Courses that are normally accepted will cover the history of art, music, or film.
  5. To receive the certificate, a student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 for courses taken within GWAC.
  6. Students must receive a grade of B- or better in a course for it to be accepted for GWAC.
  7. Students may count courses taken to fulfill graduation requirements (university, college, and departmental) toward fulfillment of GWAC requirements if the course is on the list of electives or otherwise meets the requirement for content.

The new course, GWK 300, will be offered for the first time this fall. It will meet Tuesdays 2:30-5:15. Professor Fott will teach it this fall. It will probably be offered each fall and spring semester. The readings will change from semester to semester. This fall they will consist of the following:

  • Sophocles, Antigone (in The Theban Plays, Cornell University Press)
  • Plato, Apology of Socrates and Crito (in Four Texts on Socrates, Rev. ed., Cornell University Press)
  • Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (2nd ed., Norton)
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile (Basic Books)
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract (in The Major Political Writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, University of Chicago Press)
  • Jane Austen, Persuasion (2nd ed., Norton)

If you want to take the course, contact Professor Fott. Enrollment is limited to twenty.

Admission to the Program

There is no formal admissions process. To participate in the program, a student must be formally admitted to UNLV and have a grade point average of at least 3.00. The program is open to undergraduates from any college.

Degree Requirements: 1 Credit

GWK 400: Senior Seminar in Great Works (usually offered in the spring semester)

Electives: 18 Credits

Total: 19 Credits

Notes

  • The list of electives does not necessarily include all courses that will meet the requirements of the program. Courses other than these electives, including independent studies, may be accepted with the approval of the director. The standard rule is that two-thirds or more of the readings on the syllabus should consist of works (studied in whole or in part) by authors on a list approved by the GWAC Committee. For the list, see Great Works of Our Intellectual Heritage. If you need help in obtaining a syllabus before registering for a course, or if you have any other questions, contact the director.
  • At least twelve credits must be at the 300- or 400-level.
  • At least nine credits must be completed at UNLV.
  • Students must take at least one course with readings from before 1648 and at least one course with readings from after 1648, but those courses need not have all of their readings within only one of those two periods.
  • Students may use nine credits at the 100- or 200-level in a single foreign language as a substitute for three credits of electives (but not so as to reduce the number of 300- or 400-level credits below twelve).
  • Students may take three credits of electives in visual or performing arts (but not so as to reduce the number of 300- or 400-level credits below twelve). Students should obtain the approval of the director for a particular course. Courses that are normally accepted will cover the history of art, music, or film.
  • To receive the certificate, a student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 for courses taken within GWAC.
  • Students must receive a grade of B- or better in a course for it to be accepted for GWAC.
  • Students may count courses taken to fulfill graduation requirements (university, college, and departmental) toward fulfillment of GWAC requirements if the course is on the list of electives or otherwise meets the requirement for content.