Since 1981, Great Decisions has operated as a forum where the public and the academic community can meet in a congenial setting and talk about world affairs. The eight Great Decisions programs are held during the spring semester and are free and open to the public. They are held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Moot Board Room in the Monmouth College Center for Science and Business. (The 2017 program concluded in March.)

Great Decisions is a nationwide program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental association that works to increase Americans’ understanding of foreign policy issues.

A companion guide can be ordered online at It includes eight chapters, each of which takes about a half-hour to read. The readings are also available on reserve at the College’s Hewes Library.