Textbooks currently used in Western Culture 101 and 102:

Hunt et al., The Making of the West
Kagan et al., The Western Heritage 

Western Culture 101: Beginning to 1500 CE


Hebrew Culture
The Greek World
The Roman World
Rise of Christianity
Middle Ages
Rise of Islam
The Renaissance


Homer, Iliad, selections
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex or Antigone
Plato, Apology
One gospel, selections
Augustine, Confessions, selections
Dante, Inferno, selections
Machiavelli, The Prince

Works of Art:

The Parthenon
Chartres Cathedral

Western Culture 102: 1500 CE to the Present


Protestant Reformation
French Revolution
Science and Technology
Rise and Decline of Communism
The World Wars
Civilization and the Individual
Post-Colonial Struggles
The Changing Role of Women


Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, or Macbeth
Luther, selections
Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, selections
Darwin, The Origin of Species, selections
Marx, The Communist Manifesto
Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents, selections
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, selections

Work of Art:

Beethoven, Symphony No. 9