Great Conversations (GCON)

An integrated sequence of five courses taken over two years, the Great Conversation introduces students to the major epochs of Western tradition through direct encounters with significant works. The Great Conversation is open to students of all interests. This program appeals to those who like to read, discuss, and write about ideas; those who believe that learning about the past is profoundly relevant to understanding the present; those who want to examine the Western tradition in a unified way; and those who believe that an education ought to cultivate discriminating minds, inquisitive spirits, and moral sensitivity.

Typical First Year Schedule

  • TEMP 101
  • TEMP 102
  • TEMP 103
  • GE/Elective
  • GE/Elective
  • TEMP 104
  • TEMP 105
  • GE/Elective
Additional Information

Students are invited to apply to the Great Conversation program after they are admitted to the college. Selection is based on an essay whose topic is announced in the application form. If a student wants to join the program after the deadline, have them contact the Director to ask for an exception.

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Informational Events

Nothing available at this time.


Director, Great Conversation – Mary Trull (

Academic Catalog
2020-21 courses will be updated in August 2020