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Bridge to the Liberal Arts through Primary Source Texts

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Anne Arundel Community College has partnered with St. John's College in an initiative to make liberal arts accessible for all. The project, titled "Bridge to the Liberal Arts through Primary Source Texts (BLAST)," is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

BLAST is a three-year partnership that integrates a Great Books curriculum and St. John’s seminar-style classes into AACC's current Humanities courses, simultaneously creating a pathway for AACC students to transfer to St. John's college. St. John's faculty will lead professional development seminars for AACC faculty members to learn how to teach from Great Books and how to lead seminar-style instruction in their classes.

The overall theme of this project revolves around two key values of AACC, equity and inclusion. This program will enhance understanding of these themes while becoming active and engaged citizens ready to grapple with difficult, age-old questions through class discussions.

Anne Arundel Community College’s Bridge to the Liberal Arts through Primary Source Texts project is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). NEH provided $100,000 to support this project, which is 100% of the cost of the project.

Courses

The AACC courses identified below for the BLAST program were selected because of their similarities to a Great Books curriculum. The courses are naturally suited for teaching and learning from primary sources and will reflect the themes of equity and inclusion. AACC students who enroll in the BLAST program will benefit from faculty expertise, by learning from original texts and through the universal transferability of these general education courses regardless of their baccalaureate institution.

Spring 2023 Courses

CourseFaculty Days Dates Times 

Intro Cultural Anthropology
(ANT-121-300)

Amy Carattini

TTh

Jan. 24-May 21

2-3:15 p.m.

History of Western Art 2
(ART-210-001

Shana R. Cooperstein 

MW 

Jan. 23-May 21 

9:30-10:45 a.m. 

Academic Writing & Research 1
(ENG-101-010)

Timothy May

MW

Jan. 23-May 21

9:30-10:45 a.m

Academic Writing & Research 1
(ENG-101-012

Steven B. Canaday 

 TTh

Jan. 24-May 21

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Academic Writing & Research 1
(ENG-101-020)

Steven B. Canaday

 TTh

Jan. 24-May 21

2-3:15 p.m.

Academic Writing & Research 2
(ENG-102-007)

Steven B. Canaday

MW

Jan. 23-May 21

9:30-10:45 a.m.

Academic Writing & Research 2
(ENG-102-009)

Timothy May

TTh

Jan. 24-May 21

9:30-10:45 a.m.

Academic Writing & Research 2
(ENG-102-010)

Candice J. Hill

MW

Jan. 23-May 21

9:30-10:45 a.m.

Academic Writing & Research 2
(ENG-102-013)

David P. Meng

TTh

Jan. 24-May 21

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Academic Writing & Research 2
(ENG-102-016)

Steven B. Canaday

MW

Jan. 23-May 21

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Early Amer Lit: Colonial-1865
(ENG-215-001)

David P. Meng

MW

Feb. 6-May 21

12-1:30 p.m.

Introduction to Shakespeare
(ENG-221-001)

Timothy May

MW

Jan. 23-May 21

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.



Early Mod/Modern Western Civ
(HIS-112-001)

Richard L. Hardesty

TTh

Jan. 24-May 21

9:30-10:45 a.m.

World Civilizations to 1500
(HIS-113-010

Richard L. Hardesty 

TTh 

Jan. 24-May 21 

12:30-1:45 p.m. 

Music Appreciation
(MUS-100-001)

Doug Byerly

T

Jan. 23-May 21

2-4:45 p.m

Introduction to Philosophy
(PHL-111-001

Kevin H. Murphy 

 TTh

Jan. 24-May 21

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Introduction to Philosophy
(PHL-111-002)

Mirella Vaglio

 TTh

Jan. 24-May 21

2-3:15 p.m.

Introduction to Logic
(PHL-141-001)

Kevin H. Murphy

TTh

Jan. 24-May 21

12:30-1:45 p.m.

The goal in these courses is to give students greater exposure to discussion-based learning. Through skillfully led discussions from faculty, students are enabled to become active collaborators in their own educations. Students find their voices in classes where they are listened to respectfully and openly, challenged to support their positions but also helped to do so. This mirrors the civic participation of citizens in a functioning democratic society and enables the student to experience and reflect upon the ideals of equity and inclusion through the very process of their own participation in class.


Transferring to St. John's College

An additional opportunity for students in this program is that students can create a transfer pathway to St. John's College. Although St. John's does not accept transfer credit, an important component of the BLAST program is a tuition discount of $4,000 per year for four years for participants who transfer.

St. John's College is a leader in making liberal arts education affordable and accessible. Last year a tuition reset made St. John's the most affordable liberal arts college in Maryland, and one of the most affordable in the United States. They are committed to offering substantial, need-based financial aid and increasing the diversity of their student population.

Students can work with their transfer advisor to make plans for a smooth transition.