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Classes in the Core

A faculty to student ratio of 10:1 and an average class size of 16 allow thoughtful, meaningful dialogue between students and professors, challenging you to develop critical thinking skills and push your intellectual capabilities to new heights.


English 1301: The Literary Tradition I

Classical epic poetry at the base of the Western tradition.

English 1302: The Literary Tradition II

The great Christian epic poems and the nature of lyric poetry.

English 2311: The Literary Tradition III
(typically taken in Rome)

Tragedy and comedy from the Greeks up through the English tradition.

English 2312: The Literary Tradition IV

The novel as a distinctly modern contribution to the Western Tradition.


History 1311: American Civilization I

American intellectual, political, and military history from the colonial period to the Civil War.

History 1312: American Civilization II

The United States emerging from the Civil War and the Reconstruction.

History 2301: Western Civilization I
(typically taken in Rome)

The foundations of the West from Greek and Roman culture up through the Renaissance.

History 2302: Western Civilization II

A continuation of the study of the West to the present.


Philosophy 1301: Philosophy and the Ethical Life

A philosophical inquiry into the nature of the fully human life.

Philosophy 2323: The Human Person
(typically taken in Rome)

The nature of the human person as a unity of body and soul.

Philosophy 3311: Philosophy of Being

An introduction to metaphysical thought.


Theology 1301: Understanding the Bible

An introduction to biblical theology through a careful reading of sacred scripture – Readings include selections from both the Old and New Testaments.

Theology 2311: The Western Theological Tradition (typically taken in Rome)

The history and theology of the Early Christian Church and its subsequent tradition.


Economics 1311: Fundamentals of Economics

The fundamental concepts of the exchange economy in contrast to other economics systems.


Politics 1311: Principles of American Politics

The basic principles of the American political order.


A student must take two laboratory science courses, one in the biological sciences, the other in the physical sciences. For non-science majors, "Basic Ideas" courses exist in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, but a variety of other courses in the sciences may also be used to satisfy this requirement.

Mathematics and Fine Arts

One course is required in Fine Arts and one course in Mathematics. Again, there are specific math courses designed for non-science majors, such as "Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry." The Art, Drama, and Music Departments offer courses in the history of their disciplines, which students can take to satisfy the fine art requirement. "The Art & Architecture of Rome," which is taken on the Rome Campus, satisfies the Fine Arts requirement.

Foreign Language

Knowledge of a foreign language to an intermediate level is also required of all students. Depending on the background of each student, this requirement may be met by taking from one to four courses in a classical or modern language. At present the languages that may be used to meet this requirement are Ancient Greek, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish.

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