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Curriculum:

The two-year curriculum comprises 64 units: five 3-unit courses per semester (two seminars and three lecture courses) plus a 1-unit writing practicum per semester. The courses, listed in sequence by semester, are:

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Literature:
  1. Greek Culture in the Ancient World
  2. Literature I: Rome-Early Renaissance
  3. Literature II: Late Renaissance through the 20th Century
  4. Great Texts of World Literature

 

Philosophy/Theology Seminar:
  1. Ancient Philosophy
  2. Patristics
  3. Medieval Synthesis
  4. Modern Philosophy

 

Systematic Philosophy:
  1. Logic
  2. Human Person
  3. Metaphysics
  4. Ethics

 

Systematic Theology:
  1. Old Testament
  2. New Testament
  3. Revelation and Christology
  4. Church and Sacraments

 

General:
  1. Western Heritage
  2. Music and Art
  3. Natural Science
  4. American Society and Culture

Because this is an integrated curriculum, the courses are in a definite sequence and students in each course are expected to have mastered the material of previous courses in the curriculum. Therefore there are no elective courses (see following note for an exception), and all Campion students are expected to take all the courses in each semester's offerings. Generally, transfer students from other post-secondary institutions will not be accepted in the second semester of the academic year.

 

Note for Science and Business Majors:

Because of the sequential nature of prerequisite courses in these (and some other) majors, it is not possible to transfer from Campion College to a 4-year institution and complete requirements for the major in two additional years. However, this impediment can be overcome by one or both of the following means:

  1. Substituting for the "General" track of the Campion curriculum the necessary prerequisite courses in science or business, taken at accredited neighboring institutions.

  2. 2. Taking the necessary courses during summer school at another institution.

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Language Requirement:

All students will be required to pass before graduation a reading proficiency test in a second language important for serious study of the Western Tradition (French, German, Italian, Spanish, Latin, or Greek), or to have taken two college level courses in one of these languages.

 

Schedule of Classes:

Each 3-unit course or seminar ordinarily meets twice a week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) for 1 hour 15 minutes. There are no classes on Friday. Where appropriate and possible, some courses or seminars may be taught as individual or small group tutorials.

 

Summer Programs:

Campion College will have a European summer program, with financial aid available, for academic credit. Details will vary from summer to summer, but the first summer will include stays in Retz, Austria (near Vienna), Gaming, Austria (in the Austrian Alps, at the pontifical International Theological Institute), and Rome, Italy. The program will be flexible and include travel in conjunction with coursework.

 

Partial List of Primary Sources Studied:

Greek Literature and Culture:
Homer Iliad, Odyssey
Aeschylus Oresteia
Sophocles Oedipus Rex, Antigone, Oedipus at Colonus
Euripedes Medea, Alcestis
Herodotus Histories
Plato Symposium, Apology, Crito
Aristotle Poetics
Aristophanes Clouds, Birds
Thucydides Peloponnesian Wars
Xenophon The Persian Expedition, Recollections of Socrates
 
Ancient Philosophy:
Plato The Republic, Phaedo
Aristotle Ethics, Politics
Marcus Aurelius Meditations
Epictetus Enchiridion
Cicero Offices
Epicurus Letters, Principal Doctrines, Vatican Sayings
 
The Church Fathers:
Plutarch Lives of Illustrious Men
Tacitus Histories
Juvenal Satires
Apostolic Fathers  
Ireneus Against the Heretics
Tertullian On the Flesh of Christ
Clement of Alexandria Christ the Educator
Origen On First Principles, Commentary on the Song of Songs
Plotinus 5th Ennead
Athanasius On the Incarnation, Life of Anthony
Latin Monastic Writers Selections
Dionysius Divine Names
Leo the Great Homilies
Maximus the Confessor Four Centuries of Charity
 
Literature I - Rome to Renaissance:
The Song of Roland, Beowulf, Celestina, The Cid
Virgil Aeneid
Dante Inferno, Purgatorio
Shakespeare Plays and Sonnets
Cervantes Don Quixote
Milton Paradise Lost
Goethe Faust
Thomas More Utopia
Pascal Pensees
 
Medieval Synthesis:
Aristotle Metaphysics,On the Soul
Anselm Proslogium, Monologium, Cur Deus Homo
Bonaventure Mind's Road to God
Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica, On the Teacher, Commentaries (on Aristotle's works), Treatise on the Active Life and the Contemplative Life
Dante Paradiso
Gilson The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy
 
Literature in its Historical Setting- Renaissance to the Present:
Swift Gulliver's Travels
Fielding Tom Jones
Gibbon Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Voltaire Candide
Diderot D'Alembert's Dream
Kierkegaard Fear and Trembling, Philosophical Fragments
Tolstoy War and Peace
Dostoevski Brothers Karamazov
Austen Emma
Flaubert Madame Bovary
Melville Moby Dick
 
Modern Philosophy:
Descartes Discourse on Method, Meditations
Spinoza Ethics
Locke Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Leibniz Monadology
Berkeley Principles of Human Knowledge
Hume Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Dialogue Concerning Natural Religion
Kant Critique of Pure Reason, Critique of Practical Reason
Hegel Philosophy of History
Gilson The Unity of Philosophical Experience
 
(Reading Lists are subject to change)