The Four Year Curriculum

Options to Choose From

Option Number One

120 Credits Great Books Curriculum

Option Number One

Students who choose Option One would take part in a 120-credit curriculum comprised exclusively of studies in the liberal arts and sciences, great books, and contemporary crises in the West.

Option Number Two

90 Credits Great Books Major

Option Number Two

Students who choose Option Two would take part in a 90-credit Great Books Major featuring designated courses in Option One and would be at liberty to select 30 elective credits.

Option Number Three

75 Credits Great Books Plus Traditional Major

Option Number Three

Students choosing Option Three will take 75 designated credits in the Option One curriculum and 45 credits in a major. For majors requiring more credits, students will consult with the Director of the Honors College.

120 designated credits in Great Books curriculum (see below).

FRESHMAN YEAR: FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

CLASSICAL THOUGHT
FALL SEMESTERSPRING SEMESTER
1)Homer: The Iliad; The Odyssey
Vergil: The Aeneid
1)Thucydides: History of the Peloponnesian War
Herodotus: Histories
Xenophon: Memorabilia
2)GREEK TRAGEDY
Aeschylus: Oresteia; Prometheus Bound
Sophocles: The Three Theban Plays
Euripides: TBD

2)Aristotle: Physics; On the Soul; Nicomachean
Ethics; Politics
3)Aristophanes: Clouds
Plato: Ion; Meno; Apology of Socrates; Crito;
The Republic
3)Plutarch: Parallel Lives (selections)
Lucretius: On the Nature of Things
Cicero: On Ends; On Duties
Livy: Selections
Al Farabi: The Attainment of Happiness
LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES
4)TRIVIUM I: LOGIC & RHETORIC
Plato: Gorgias
Aristotle: Prior Analytics; Posterior Analytics;
Categories; On Interpretation; Topics
4) Euclid, Elements
5)Lab Science I (4 hours) 5)Lab Science II (4 hours)

SOPHOMORE YEAR: FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

CHRISTIAN THOUGHTMODERN THOUGHT
FALL SEMESTERSPRING SEMESTER
1)BIBLICAL TEXTS
Book of Genesis
Exodus
Book of Job; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes (selections)
Isaiah
Gospel of Luke
Acts of the Apostles
I Corinthians
1)Niccolo Machiavelli: The Prince; Mandragola;
Discourses (selections)
John Locke: Second Treatise of Government;
Letter on Toleration
David Hume: Treatise on Human Nature
2)ST. AUGUSTINE & ST. THOMAS AQUINAS I
Confessions
On the Free Choice of the Will
On Nature and Grace
Summa Theologica and Summa Contra Gentiles (selections)
2)Galileo: Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences
or Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief
World Systems
Francis Bacon: The Great Instauration; New
Atlantis, Essays;
Rene Descartes: Discourse on Method;
Meditation on First Philosophy
3)St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony; On the Incarnation
St. Basil: Letter to Young Men
St. Jerome (selections)
Tertullian; St. Gregory of Nazianzen
St. Anselm: On Why God Became Man; Proslogion
Venerable Bede: Ecclesiastical History of the English People
St. Teresa of Avila: Autobiography
3)THE AMERICAN FOUNDING
Articles of Confederation; The Declaration of
Independence; The American Constitution;
The Federalist Papers; Anti-Federalist Writings;
Frederick Douglass & Abraham Lincoln: Writings
and Speeches
ARTS --- LANGUAGES --- POETIC WISDOM --- TEXTUAL ANALYSIS
4)TRIVIUM II: POETICS & RHETORIC
Plato: Phaedrus
Aristotle: Rhetoric; Poetics
Quintilian: Institutes of Oratory
4)Poetic Wisdom II: Cervantes, Goethe, Stenhal
5)One of the following electives:
Greek I (3 hours)
Latin I (3 hours)
Poetic Wisdom I: Milton, Swift, Melville, Faulkner
5)One of the following electives:
Greek II (3 hours)
Latin II (3 hours)
Textual Analysis I: Shakespeare -- King Lear, Hamlet

JUNIOR YEAR: FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

MODERN THOUGHTCHRISTIAN THOUGHT
FALL SEMESTER SPRING SEMESTER
1)Rousseau: Discourse on the Origin of Inequality;
The Social Contract
Kant: On Perpetual Peace; Idea for a Universal
History
Hegel: Introduction to the Philosophy of History
Marx: The Communist Manifesto; The 18th Brumaire
Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France
1)ST. AUGUSTINE & ST. THOMAS AQUINAS II
On Christian Doctrine
The City of God (Selections)
Summa Theologica & Summa Contra Gentiles
(Selections)
2)Montesquieu: The Spirit of the Laws
Mill: Utilitarianism
August Comte: Introduction to Positive Philosophy
Freud: Civilization and Its Discontents
Max Weber: Science as Vocation; Politics as Vocation
2)Pascal: Pensees
Kierkegaard: Fear and Trembling
Newman: Grammar of Assent; Development of
Christian Doctrine
Edith Stein: Finite and Eternal Being or The
Science of the Cross
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI: Without Roots;
“Regensburg Address”; Introduction to
Christianity; Spirit of the Liturgy (selections)
3)Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil
Heidegger: Introduction to Metaphysics;
The Self-Assertion of the German University;
On Plato’s Parable of the Cave
Derrida: Plato’s Pharmacy
Lyotard: The Post-Modern Condition
Rorty: TBD or Foucault: Discipline and Punish
Rosen: Hermeneutics as Politics
3)BIBLICAL TEXTS II
Deuteronomy
First and Second Samuel & Kings (selections)
Daniel
Jonah
Jeremiah
Gospel of John
St. Paul: Epistle to the Romans
Book of Revelation
THE QUEST FOR ECONOMIC WISDOM --- ART & THE BEAUTIFUL -- TEXTUAL ANALYSIS

4)SEMINAR: THE QUEST FOR ECONOMIC WISDOM
Smith: The Wealth of Nations (selections)
Tawney: Religion and the Rise of Capitalism
Keynes: TBD
Weber: The Protestant Ethic and the
Rise of Capitalism
Hayek: TBD
Pope Pius XI: Quadragesimo Anno
Marx: Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts
Pope Leo XIII: Rerum Novarum
4)SEMINAR: ART AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Longinus: On The Sublime
Kant: The Beautiful and the Sublime
Hume: Of the Standard of Taste
Schiller: Aesthetical and Philosophical Essays
(selections)
Benjamin: “The Work of Art in the Age of
Mechanical Reproduction"
Maritain: Art and Scholasticism
Adorno & Horkheimer: “The Culture Industry”
Pieper: Only the Lover Sings

5)Poetic Wisdom III
Shakespeare: Coriolanus; Julius Caesar; Anthony and Cleopatra
5)TEXTUAL ANALYSIS II
Dante: The Divine Comedy

SENIOR YEAR: CRISES IN THE WEST

FALL SEMESTERSPRING SEMESTER
1)HISTORY & THE IDEA OF PROGRESS
J. Bury: The Idea of Progress
John Baillie: The Belief in Progress
Karl Lowith: The Meaning of History
R.G. Collingwood: The Idea of History
George Grant: Time as History
Nietzsche, The Advantages and Disadvantages of History
1)MODERNITY: THE POETS’ VISION
Flaubert: Madame Bovary
Dostoevsky: Notes from Underground
Nietzsche: Thus Spake Zarathustra
Joyce: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
T.S. Eliot: The Wasteland; Four Quartets
Flannery O’Connor: selected short stories
2)SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Arthur Eddington: The Expanding Universe
Werner Heisenberg: Physics & Philosophy:
The Revolution in Modern Science; Philosophical
Problems of Quantum Physics; The Physicist’s
Conception of Nature (selections)
George Grant: Technology & Justice; Technology
& Empire
Jacques Ellul: Politics, Technology, and Christianity
Romano Guardini: Letters from Lake Como:
Explorations on Technology & the Human Race;
The End of the Modern World
Pope Francis I: Laudato Si
2)FREEDOM, RIGHTS, AND VIRTUE
Hegel: The Philosophy of Right
Alasdair Macintyre: After Virtue
Mary Ann Glendon: Rights Talk: Impoverishment
of Political Discourse
Charles DeKoninck: The Primacy of the Common
Good
Ernest Fortin: Human Rights, Justice, and the
Common Good
Mill: On Liberty
3)THE DRAMA OF MODERN ATHEISM
Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
Nietzsche: The Gay Science (selections);
Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov
Sartre, The Flies
De Lubac: The Drama of Atheistic Humanism
3)GLOBALISM, NATIONALISM, AND THE LIMITS OF COMMERCE
Ulrich Beck: What Is Globalization?
Samuel Huntington: The Clash of Civilizations
Pierre Manent: A World Beyond Politics?; Democracy
Without Nations
Aristotle: Politics (II, VII)
4)Textual Analysis III
Tocqueville: Democracy in America
4)SEMINAR: LOVE, FRIENDSHIP, AND MARRIAGE
Plato, The Symposium
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet; Sonnets
Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
Willa Cather: Two Friends
St. John Paul II: Love and Responsibility;
Theology of the Body
5)SENIOR THESIS5)EDUCATION AND THE FATE OF NATIONS
Plato: The Republic (II, III, VII)
Confucius: Analects
John Henry Newman: The Idea of a University
W.E.B. DuBois: The Souls of Black Folk
Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind
St. John Paul II: Faith and Reason

A Major in Great Books
90 designated credits in Great Books Option One curriculum (see below).
30 elective credits.


FRESHMAN YEAR: FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

CLASSICAL THOUGHT
FALL SEMESTER SPRING SEMESTER
1)Homer: The Iliad; The Odyssey
Vergil: The Aeneid
1)Thucydides: History of the Peloponnesian War
Herodotus: Histories
Xenophon: Memorabilia
2)Aristophanes: Clouds
Plato: Ion; Meno; Apology of Socrates;
Crito; The Republic
2)Aristotle: Physics; On the Soul;
Nicomachean Ethics; Politics
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES
3)TRIVIUM: LOGIC & RHETORIC
Plato: Gorgias
Aristotle: Prior Analytics; Posterior Analytics;
Categories; On Interpretation; Topics

3)Euclid: Elements
4)Lab Science (4 hours) 4)Lab Science (4 hours)
5) Elective5) Elective

SOPHOMORE YEAR: FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

CHRISTIAN THOUGHT MODERN THOUGHT
FALL SEMESTER SPRING SEMESTER
1)BIBLICAL TEXTS I
Book of Genesis
Exodus
Book of Job; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes (selections)
Isaiah
Gospel of Luke
Acts of the Apostles
I Corinthians
1)Niccolo Machiavelli: The Prince; Mandragola;
Discourses (selections)
Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan (selection)
John Locke: Second Treatise of Government;
Letter on Toleration
David Hume: Treatise on Human Nature
2)ST. AUGUSTINE & ST. THOMAS AQUINAS I
(selections from each)
2)Galileo: Dialogues Concerning Two New
Sciences or Dialogue
Concerning The Two Chief World Systems
Francis Bacon: The Great Instauration; New
Atlantis; Essays;
Rene Descartes: Discourse on Method;
Meditations on First Philosophy
3)TRIVIUM II: POETICS & RHETORIC
Plato: Phaedrus
Aristotle: Rhetoric; Poetics
Quintilian: Institutes of Oratory (selections)
3)THE AMERICAN FOUNDING
Articles of Confederation; Declaration of
Independence; The American Constitution;
The Federalist Papers; Anti-Federalist
Writings
Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln: Writings and Speeches
4) Elective4)TEXTUAL ANALYSIS I
Shakespeare: King Lear, Hamlet

5) Elective5) Elective

JUNIOR YEAR: FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

MODERN THOUGHTCHRISTIAN THOUGHT
Fall Semester Spring Semester
1)Rousseau: Discourse on the Origin
of Inequality; The Social Contract
Kant: On Perpetual Peace;
Idea for a Universal History
Hegel: Introduction to the Philosophy of History
Marx: The Communist Manifesto; The 18th
Brumaire
Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France
1)Pascal: Pensees
Kierkegaard: Fear and Trembling
Newman: Grammar of Assent & Development of
Christian Doctrine
Edith Stein: Finite and Eternal Being or
The Science of the Cross
Benedict XVI: Without Roots; Introduction to
(excerpts)“Regensburg Address”
2)Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil
Heidegger: Introduction to Metaphysics;
The Self-Assertion of the German University;
On Plato’s Parable of the Cave
Derrida: Plato’s Pharmacy
Lyotard: The Post-Modern Condition
Rorty: TBD / or Foucault: Discipline and Punish
Rosen: Hermeneutics as Politics
2)Elective
3)SEMINAR: THE QUEST FOR ECONOMIC WISDOM
Smith: The Wealth of Nations (selections)
Tawney: Religion & the Rise of Capitalism
Keynes: TBD
Hayek: TBD
Weber: The Protestant Ethic and the Rise of Capitalism
Pope Pius XI: Quadragesimo Anno
Marx: Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts
Pope Leo XIII: Rerum Novarum
3)SEMINAR: ART & THE BEAUTIFUL
Longinus: On the Sublime
Kant: The Beautiful and the Sublime
Schiller: Aesthetical and Philosophical Essays (selections)
Hume: Of the Standard of Taste
Benjamin: “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”
Maritain: Art and Scholasticism
Adorno & Hokheimer: “The Culture Industry”
Pieper: Only the Lover Sings
4)Poetic Wisdom III Shakespeare: Coriolanus; Julius Caesar; Antony and Cleopatra4)TEXTUAL ANALYSIS II
Dante: The Divine Comedy
5)Elective5)Elective

SENIOR YEAR: CRISES IN THE WEST

FALL SEMESTER SPRING SEMESTER
1)HISTORY & THE IDEA OF PROGRESS
Nietzsche: The Advantages and Disadvantages
of History
J. Bury: The Idea of Progress
J. Baillie: The Belief in Progress
K. Lowith, The Meaning of History
R.G. Collingwood: The Idea of History
George Grant: Time as History
1)MODERNITY: THE POETS’ VISION
Flaubert: Madame Bovary
Dostoevsky: Notes from Underground
Nietzsche: Thus Spake Zarathustra
T.S. Eliot: The Wasteland; Four Quartets
Joyce: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Flannery O’Connor: selected short stories
2)SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Arthur Eddington: The Expanding Universe
Werner Heisenberg: Philosophical Problems in
Physics; The Physicist’s Conception of Nature (selections)
George Grant: Technology & Justice; Technology & Empire
Jacques Ellul: Politics, Technology, and Christianity
Romano Guardini, Letters from Lake Como: Explorations on Technology and the Human Race
Pope Francis I: Laudato Si
2)FREEDOM, RIGHTS, AND VIRTUE
Hegel: The Philosophy of Right
Macintyre: After Virtue
Mary Ann Glendon: Rights Talk: Impoverishment
of Political Discourse
Charles de Koninck, The Primacy of the Common
Good
Ernest Fortin: Rights, Social Justice, and the
Common Good
Mill: On Liberty
3)TEXTUAL ANALYSIS III:
Tocqueville: Democracy in America
3)SEMINAR: LOVE, FRIENDSHIP, AND MARRIAGE
Plato, Symposium
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet; Sonnets
Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
Willa Cather: Two Friends
St. John Paul II: Love and Responsibility;
Theology of the Body
4)Senior Thesis 4)EDUCATION AND THE FATE OF NATIONS
Plato: The Republic (II, III, VII)
Confucius: Analects
Xenophon: Education of Cyrus
W.E.B. DuBois: The Souls of Black Folk
Newman: The Idea of a University
Bloom: The Closing of the American Mind
Pope John Paul II: Faith and Reason
5)Elective5)Elective
75 designated credits in the Option One curriculum as listed below.
45 credits in a Belmont Abbey College major.

FRESHMAN YEAR: FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

CLASSICAL THOUGHT
FALL SEMESTERSPRING SEMESTER
1)Homer: The Iliad; The Odyssey
Vergil: The Aeneid
1)Thucydides: History of the Peloponnesian War
Herodotus: Histories
Xenophon: Memorabilia
2)Aristophanes: Clouds
Plato: Ion, Meno; Apology of Socrates; Crito; The Republic
2)Aristotle: Physics; On the Soul; Nicomachean
Ethics; Politics
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES
3)TRIVIUM: LOGIC & RHETORIC
Plato: Gorgias
Aristotle: Prior Analytics; Posterior Analytics;
Categories; On Interpretation; Topics
3)Euclid, Elements
4)Lab Science (4 hours) 4)Lab Science (4 hours)
5)Major Course 5)Major Course


SOPHOMORE YEAR: FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

CHRISTIAN THOUGHT MODERN THOUGHT
Fall SemesterSpring Semester
1)BIBLICAL TEXTS
Book of Genesis
Exodus
Book of Job; Ecclesiastes, Proverbs (selections) Isaiah
Gospel of Luke
Acts of the Apostles
I Corinthians
1)Niccolo Machiavelli: The Prince; Mandragola;
Discourses (selections);
Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan (selections)
John Locke: Second Treatise of Government;
Letter on Toleration
David Hume: Treatise on Human Nature
2)ST. AUGUSTINE & ST. THOMAS AQUINAS I
(selections)
2)Galileo: Dialogues Concerning Two New
Sciences or Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief
World Systems
Francis Bacon: The Great Instauration;
New Atlantis; Essays
Rene Descartes: Discourse on Method;
Meditation on First Philosophy
3)TRIVIUM II: Poetics & Rhetoric
Plato: Phaedrus
Aristotle: Rhetoric; Poetics
Quintilian: Institutes of Oratory (selections)
3)THE AMERICAN FOUNDING
Articles of Confederation; The Declaration
of Independence; The American Constitution;
The Federalist Papers; Anti-Federalist Writings;
Frederick Douglass & Abraham Lincoln: Writings and Speeches
4)Major course 4)Major course
5)Major course 5)Major course

JUNIOR YEAR: FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

MODERN THOUGHT CHRISTIAN THOUGHT
FALL SEMESTER SPRING SEMESTER
1)Rousseau: Discourse on the Origin
of Inequality; The Social Contract
Kant: On Perpetual Peace;
Idea for a Universal History
Hegel: Introduction to the Philosophy of History
Marx: The Communist Manifesto; The 18th Brumaire
Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France
1)Pascal: Pensees
Kierkegaard: Fear and Trembling
Newman: Grammar of Assent & Development of
Christian Doctrine
Edith Stein: Finite and Eternal Being or
The Science of the Cross
Benedict XVI: Without Roots; Introduction to
Christianity; Spirit of the Liturgy;
“Regensburg Address”
2)SEMINAR: THE QUEST FOR ECONOMIC WISDOM
Smith: The Wealth of Nations (selections)
Tawney: Religion and the Rise of Capital
Keynes: TBD
Weber: The Protestant Ethic and the Rise of Capitalism
Hayek: TBD
Marx: Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts
Pope Leo XIII: Rerum Novarum
Pope Pius XI: Quadragesimo Anno
2)SEMINAR: ART AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Longinus: On the Sublime
Kant: The Beautiful and the Sublime
Hume: Of the Standard of Taste
Schiller: Aesthetical and Philosophical Essays
(selections)
Benjamin: “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”
Maritain: Art and Scholasticism
Adorno & Horkheimer: “The Culture Industry”
Pieper: Only the Lover Sings
3)Poetic Wisdom III
Shakespeare: Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Anthony and Cleopatra
3)TEXTUAL ANALYSIS II
Dante: The Divine Comedy
4)Major Course4)Major Course
5)Major Course5)Major Course

SENIOR YEAR: CRISES IN THE WEST

FALL SEMESTER SPRING SEMESTER
1)HISTORY & THE IDEA OF PROGRESS
Nietzsche: The Advantages and Disadvantages
of History
J. Bury: The Idea of Progress
J. Baillie: The Belief in Progress
K. Lowith: The Meaning of History
R.G. Collingwood: The Idea of History
George Grant: Time as History
Karl Lowith: The Meaning of History
1)MODERNITY: THE POETS’ VISION
Flaubert: Madame Bovary
Dostoevsky: Notes from Underground
Nietzsche: Thus Spake Zarathustra
T.S. Eliot: The Wasteland; Four Quartets
James Joyce: Portrait of the Artist as a Young
Man

2)SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Arthur Eddington: The Expanding Universe
Werner Heisenberg: Philosophical Problems
In Quantum Physics; The Physicist’s Conception of Nature (selections)
George Grant: Technology and Justice; Technology and Empire
Jacques Ellul: Politics, Technology, and Christianity
Romano Guardini: Letters from Lake Como: Technology and the Human Race; The End of the Modern World
Pope Francis I: Laudato Si
2)FREEDOM, RIGHTS, AND VIRTUE
Mill: On Liberty
Hegel: The Philosophy of Right
Macintyre: After Virtue
Mary Ann Glendon: Rights Talk: Impoverishment of Political Discourse
Charles de Koninck: The Primacy of the Common Good
Ernest Fortin: Rights, Justice, and the Common Good
3)TEXTUAL ANALYSIS III
Tocqueville: Democracy in America
3)Major course
4)Major course4)Major course
5)Major course5)Major course

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