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The Great Courses are a series of college level courses on DVD covering a wide range of topics. They are usually accompanied by a booklet that provides an overview of each lecture and further resources. The library has acquired an intimidating number of these DVDs (too much to learn!) and they are helpful as an accompaniment to college courses and also great just for pleasure. Many times I've found that documentaries from, for example, the History Channel are not very in-depth, but The Great Courses certainly are. So give one a try and keep on learning! Featured below is just some of our collection of this series.


The Genius of Michelangelo

Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre


The American Civil War

A Brief History of the World

Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

Foundations of Western Civilization

Foundations of Western Civilization II

Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Mediterranean

The History of Ancient Egypt

The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World

The Medieval World

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire


Earth at the Crossroads

Great Scientific Ideas that Changed the World

How the Earth Works

The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal

The Joy of Science

The Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology

Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy

Understanding the Universe: What's New in Astronomy