2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

EDUC 30333 The University: From Scotland to Fort Worth

The Scottish Enlightenment was an extraordinary outburst of intellectual activity that took place in Scotland in the eighteenth century. Daiches (1996) notes that liveliness of mind was an essential condition for the progress envisioned by the enlightened Scots concerned to put their new knowledge to work for the benefit of Man. At the heart of this great period in Scottish history were the great universities which not only nurtured this unprecedented outbreak of scholarship, but also formed many of the Scots teachers in American colonies. While the founders of TCU were not Scottish (their ancestors were Irish, though, so still Gaelic), in many ways they embody the same enlightenment spirit. This course will investigate the university in the Scottish Enlightenment and in TCU on the American frontier.