The first three semesters of the Development of Western Civilization Program consist of a seminar-style encounter with significant texts from Western and other world civilizations. These three semesters are four credits each and arranged chronologically, with the first semester dedicated to works from Antiquity, the second semester dedicated to works from the Medieval and Early Modern period, and the third semester dedicated to works from the Modern period.
The fourth semester of the Development of Western Civilization Program consists of a team-taught, four-credit colloquium. Students choose from a variety of colloquia according to their interests. Building upon the first three semesters, the advanced colloquium focuses on a specific, contemporary issue in the context of the western tradition. Colloquia seek to extend the interdisciplinary approach beyond the humanities [natural science, social science, education, and business], and relate Western history and culture to the histories and cultures beyond the West.