Aspects of philosophy, political theory, science, art and religion, from ancient Egypt to 1789, as they have contributed to the formation of the American experience Readings include selections from Plato, Aristotle, the Bible, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and other important thinkers. The student's ability to reflect critically upon the major ideas, values, institutions, events and personalities that have helped to shape the contemporary United States is emphasized. Seeks to foster an attitude of critical engagement and to develop students' writing and oral skills through papers and class participation. Lecture 3 hours. 3 hours credit. This course may be taken concurrently with COM1103 English Composition.