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Thomas Aquinas College

The College's program of Catholic liberal education is unique in American higher education. Fundamental in the Catholic intellectual tradition is the conviction that learning means discovering and growing in the truth about reality. It is the truth that sets men free and nothing else. Since truth concerns both natural and supernatural matters, the College's program has both natural and divine wisdom as its ultimate objectives. There are no textbooks. The prescribed, four-year interdisciplinary course of studies is based on the original works of the best, most influential authors, poets, scientists, mathematicians, philosophers, and theologians of Western civilization. In every classroom, the primary teachers are the authors of the "Great Books" from Aristotle, Homer and Euclid to St. Thomas Aquinas, T. S. Eliot and Albert Einstein. There are no lectures. Teaching and learning demand a meeting of the minds. The course is, therefore, essentially a sustained conversation in tutorials, seminars, and laboratories guided by tutors who assist students in the work of reading, analyzing, and evaluating the great works which are central in the collected wisdom of Civilization. Classes are Socratic in method and do not exceed twenty students. Every student has daily practice in the arts of language, grammar, and rhetoric; in reading and critical analysis of texts; in mathematical demonstration; in laboratory investigation. There are no majors, no minors, no electives, no specializations. The arts and sciences which comprise the curriculum are organized into a comprehensive whole. The College aims at providing its students with a thorough grounding in the arts of thinking and a broad and integrated vision of the whole of life and learning.

Thomas More College

Founded in 1978 by Catholic educators, Thomas More College is a relatively new institution. As a school of liberal arts, however, it participates in one of the oldest enterprises in Western civilization: the initiation of youth into responsible membership in the human community. That community includes not only the students' contemporaries, but their distant predecessors in history, as well as the generations who will live after them. Many of the relationships students must recognize, then, are invisible ones (to nature, the family, the political order, the dead, and the divine), which tend to be obscured in a secular society. The core curriculum at Thomas More College is a paideia that is transformative of the person. Students study the great texts of the West in their entirety, not simply a collection of excerpts.

Shimer College

Shimer College is a 150-year old private liberal arts college offering Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. All Shimer classes are small discussion classes of 12 or fewer students; each student receives extensive individual attention from Shimer's exceptional faculty. The college uses original sources rather than textbooks and along with two other Great Books colleges was chosen by the National Endowment of the Humanities for having the most rigorous curriculums in the country. The style and small class size encourage students to become actively involved in their own education, with the faculty member acting as a facilitator and advocate for the student and group learning process. A core curriculum of Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences is found at Shimer. The integrative, interdisciplinary curriculum creates a common background for students. Shimer regularly offers an academic program in Oxford, England, with between eight and fifteen students. Student either take the Traditional Day Program for high school graduates, the Early Entrant Program for talented high school students who have completed their sophomore or junior years or the Every-Third-Weekend Program for adult students.

Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is an independent, nonsectarian institution of higher learning founded in 1844 by men and women "grateful to God for the inestimable blessings" resulting from civil and religious liberty and "believing that the diffusion of learning is essential to the perpetuity of these blessings." It pursues the stated object of the founders: "to furnish all persons who wish, irrespective of nation, color, or sex, a literary and scientific education" outstanding among American colleges and to combine with this such "moral and social instruction as will best develop the minds and improve the hearts of its pupils." The College considers itself a trustee of modern man's intellectual and spiritual inheritance from the Judeo-Christian faith and Greco-Roman culture, a heritage finding its clearest expression in the American experiment of self-government under law. By training the young in the liberal arts, Hillsdale College prepares students to become leaders worthy of that legacy. By encouraging the scholarship of its faculty, it contributes to the preservation of that legacy for future generations. By publicly defending that legacy, it enlists the aid of other friends of free civilization and thus secures the conditions of its own survival and independence.

St. John's College

Facilities in Maryland and New Mexico. St. John`s College is a co-educational, four-year liberal arts college known for its distinctive "great books" curriculum. The program of study is all-required and non-departmental. Through the reading of original texts, students reflect on the great questions of the Western tradition from ancient Greece to modern times. The curriculum includes study in the classics of literature, philosophy, theology, psychology, political science, economics, history, mathematics, laboratory sciences, music, and the visual arts. John`s College is a co-educational, four-year liberal arts college known for its distinctive "great books" curriculum. The program of study is all-required and non-departmental. Through the reading of original texts, students reflect on the great questions of the Western tradition from ancient Greece to modern times. The curriculum includes study in the classics of literature, philosophy, theology, psychology, political science, economics, history, mathematics, laboratory sciences, music, and the visual arts.

Gutenberg College

Gutenberg College in Eugene, Oregon, is a four-year college providing a broad-based liberal arts education in a Protestant Christian environment. Its "great books" curriculum emphasizes the development of basic learning skills (reading, writing, mathematics, and critical thinking) and the application of these skills to profound writings of the past. Read an essay posted in the Radical Academy by one of the founders of Gutenberg College: Why a Great Books Education is the Most Practical!, by David Crabtree, Ph.D.

St. Olaf College

Located in Northfield, Minnesota. A five semester chronological program called, "The Great Conversation", is available to all students who apply for and are accepted into that program.

St. Thomas Aquinas College

St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, New York is a four year liberal arts College for men and women. It is a dynamic institution with a thoughtful, deliberate past, a resourceful, dramatic present, and an important, vibrant future. We offer two masters degrees, thirty-one baccalaureate majors, two associate degrees, certificate programs and dual degrees in Physical Therapy and Engineering.

Malaspina College-University

Located in Nanaimo, British Columbia, with satellite facilities elsewhere in the province. An intensive four semester interdisciplinary chronological program called, "Issues in Western Civilization", is available to third and fourth year students.

Brock University

Located in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, the university offers a n the Great Books/Liberal Studies Program, students and faculty form a close intellectual community. They study together: reading and talking about great works of human imagination and reasoning thoughtfully exploring the issues posed by those works mastering the intellectual skills of inquiry, analysis, argument, and expression needed for success in this exploration as well as for success throughout a university career and in society.

The College of Saint Thomas More

Located in Fort Worth, Texas. Founded in 1981, the College offers a single curriculum based upon the great texts of western civilization and formed by the classical disciplines of Theology, Philosophy, Literature, Mathematics, and History, and by the study of the Classical Languages, Greek and Latin.

University of Dallas

Students at the University of Dallas study the great works of western civilization through the core curriculum. The people, places, events of history uniquely come to life for Dallas students during a semester spent at the University's second campus in Rome, Italy. Students receive a rigorous education in a lively intellectual community on both continents.

New Saint Andrews College

Located in Moscow, Idaha as a Christian post-secondary institution, New Saint Andrews is committed to the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom in the light of the Holy Scriptures and under the sovereign authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our mission is to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in liberal arts and culture from a biblical worldview.

The New School for Social Research: Liberal Studies

The New School for Social Research provides an education grounded in history and informed by a legacy of critical thought and civic engagement. The school's dedication to academic freedom and intellectual inquiry reaches back to the university's founding in 1919 as a home for progressive thinkers and the creation of the University in Exile in 1933 for scholars persecuted in Nazi Europe. The interdisciplinary education offered by The New School for Social Research today explores and promotes global peace and justice as more than theoretical ideals. The New School for Social Research is a second home for students from a variety of geographical, cultural, economic, and political backgrounds. It enrolls more than 1,000 students from all regions of the United States and from more than 70 countries. Here, civic engagement begins in the classroom. Seminar-style classes facilitate mutual respect and intellectual rigor and take advantage of the school's diversity and location in New York City.

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