Liberal Arts Curriculum

The Great Books Core offers twelve courses, taken three at a time over four semesters, in an order that follows the natural order of the disciplines and the subjects considered. Students who complete the program with a minimum GPA of 2.0 receive a Certificate in Liberal Arts awarded by the Aquinas Institute. All courses in the curriculum must be taken, and in order. For details, see the Catalog.

The curriculum consists of three tracks. The Humanities track pursues knowledge in the mode of the particular, especially through literature, but also through history and through philosophical works read for their historical witness. The Philosophy track pursues knowledge in the mode of universal principles, as available to human reason. The Theology track pursues both modes, not as available to human reason but as revealed by God. Each track covers four semesters, for a total of twelve courses.




HMN 101: Gods and Heroes in Ancient Greece
(3 credits)

Homer, Hymns, Iliad, Odyssey
Sophocles, Oedipus the King, Antigone
Euripides, Bacchae
Plato, Symposium, Phaedrus

PHL 101: Tools of Philosophy
(3 credits)

Aristotle, Categories; On Interpreta­tion; Prior and Posterior Analytics (selections)
Plato, Alcibiades, Cratylus, Meno
Porphyry, Isagoge

THL 101: Salvation History I
(3 credits)

Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, selections from the prophetic writings (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel), 1 Maccabees

HMN 102: The Roman Order
(3 credits)

Livy, History of Rome
Plutarch, Lives of Noble Grecians and Romans
Virgil, Aeneid
Ovid, Metamorphoses
Lucretius, On the Nature of Things
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Cicero (selections)
St. Augustine, City of God

PHL 102: Philosophy of Nature
(3 credits)

Aristotle, Physics I–III.3
St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Physics III 1–3; On the Principles of Nature
Plato, Timaeus and Phaedo (selections)
Presocratic fragments

THL 102: Salvation History II
(3 credits)

Gospel of Luke, Acts of the Apostles, Romans, Hebrews, Revelation
St. Vincent of Lerins, Commonitory for the Antiquity and Universality of the Catholic Faith
St. Augustine, On Christian Doctrine
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae I.1
Vatican I, Dei Filius
Vatican II, Dei Verbum
Romano Guardini, Sacred Signs

HMN 201: The Medieval Vision
(3 credits)

St. Augustine, Confessions
Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy
Dante, Commedia: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso

PHL 201: Philosophy of Man
(3 credits)

Aristotle On the Soul; Parts of Animals (selections)
St. Thomas Aquinas Commentary on Aristotle’s On the Soul; Compendium theologiae 78–90
Baldner, De Koninck, George, et al., Selected essays

THL 201: The Mystery of the Trinity
(3 credits)

Gospel of John
Arius, Thalia, Letters to Eusebius of Nicodemia & Alexander of Alexandria
Alexander of Alexandria, Letter to Alexander of Thessalonica
Council of Antioch
Ecumenical Councils of Nicea I, Constantinople I, Florence
Athanasian Creed
St. Gregory Nazianzen, Theological Orations III–V
St. Thomas Aquinas, Compendium theologiae 1–56, Summa theol. I.43.1
Leo XIII, Divinum Illud Munus

eHMN 202: Comedy and Tragedy in the Human Soul
(3 credits)

Aristophanes, Frogs
Sophocles, Philoctetes
Plautus, Menaechmi, The Second Shepherd’s Play
Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
Machiavelli, The Prince
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Henry V, King Lear, The Tempest, Othello

PHL 202: Ethics
(3 credits)

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
St. Thomas, Summa theologiae I-II (selections)

THL 202: Sin and Redemption
(3 credits)

Genesis 1–3, Leviticus, Ecclesiastes, Gospel of Mark, Romans, Galatians
Council of Carthage and Synod of Orange; Council of Trent, “Decree on Justification”
St. Athanasius On the Incarnation
St. Anselm Why God Became Man
St. Thomas Aquinas Compendium theologiae 148–152, 172–198, Commentary on I Corinthians 15
St. John of the Cross Romances on “In the beginning”
St. Augustine On the Grace of Christ
Benedict XVI Spe Salvi

The Great Books Core Program is made possible through collaboration with Wyoming Catholic College

Graduate Theology Curriculum

The Graduate Theology Curriculum offers an integrated program of twelve courses in Sacred Scripture, Patristics, Dogmatic Theology, and Moral Theology, in which students discuss exclusively primary sources with their teachers. In keeping with our mission, the Summa theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas enjoys pride of place.

Courses may be taken one or more at a time. (In the Dogmatic Theology track, the earlier courses are prerequisites for the later courses.)

The Scripture track teaches not only the Word of God, but how to approach it in a humble and disciplined spirit, in the school of spiritual masters. The Dogmatic Theology track revolves around the two great mysteries of the Christian Faith: the Trinity and the Incarnation, the effects of which are extended and applied in the sacramental life of the Church. Two semesters of Patristics introduce students to great and influential writings of the Apostolic Fathers, the Greek Fathers, and the Latin Fathers. Two semesters of moral theology look at the goal of human life (happiness/beatitude), the nature and structure of moral acts, the framework of law, and the aid of grace.

Students who complete the program with a minimum GPA of 2.0 receive a Master of Arts in Theology awarded by the Aquinas Institute.

Sacred Scripture

Dogmatic Theology

Patristics & Moral Theology

THL 511: On the Book of Job
(3 credits)

St. Gregory the Great, Moralia in Iob
St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Job

THL 512: Existence and Attributes of God
(3 credits)

St. Anselm, Proslogion
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae I, qq. 1–19

THL 513: Church Fathers I
(3 credits)

St. Clement of Rome, First Epistle
St. Ignatius of Antioch, Epistles
St. Polycarp, Epistle to the Philippians
Anon., The Martyrdom of Polycarp
Anon., The Epistle to Diognetus
Anon., The Didache
St. Cyprian, On the Unity of the Church
St. Augustine, Confessions; On Christian Doctrine 
St. Gregory Nazianzen, Theological Orations
St. Basil, On the Holy Spirit
Pseudo-Dionysius, The Divine Names

THL 521: On the Psalms and Isaiah 
(3 credits)

St. Athanasius, Letter to Marcellinus
St. Augustine, Expositions on the Psalms
St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Psalms; Commentary on Isaiah

THL 522: The Mystery of the Holy Trinity
(3 credits)

St. Augustine, On the Trinity
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae I, qq. 27–43
Preface of the Most Holy Trinity
Council of Florence


THL 523: Church Fathers II
(3 credits)

Councils of Nicaea, Constantinople I, Ephesus, Chalcedon, and Nicaea II
Readings from Arius, Alexander of Alexandria, Eusebius, and Nestorius
St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation; Orations against the Arians
St. Gregory Nazianzen, Orations on the Nativity, Baptism of Christ, Baptism, Pentecost, and Holy Pascha
St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Mystagogical Catecheses
St. Cyril of Alexandria, The Unity of Christ
St. Leo the Great, Letter to Flavian
St. Maximus Confessor, Disputation with Pyrrhus
St. Theodore the Studite, Refutations of the Iconoclasts
Pseudo-Dionysius, The Celestial Hierarchy and The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy

THL 611: On the Gospel of John
(3 credits)

St. Cyril of Alexandria, Commentary on John
St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on John

THL 612: The Incarnation
(3 credits)

Ephesus, Chalcedon, Constantinople II & III
St. Anselm, Why God Became Man
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae III, qq. 1–26

THL 613: Human Acts and the Final End
(3 credits)

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae I-II, qq. 1–21

THL 621: On Romans and Corinthians
(3 credits)

St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans; Commentary on the First Epistle to the Corinthians

THL 622: The Sacraments
(3 credits)

St. Ambrose, On the Mysteries
St. Thomas, Summa theologiae III, qq. 60–83
Council of Trent, Decree on the Eucharist, Decree on the Sacrifice of the Mass

THL 623: Law and Grace
(3 credits)

St. Augustine, On the Spirit and the Letter
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae I-II, qq. 90–114
Council of Trent, Decree on Justification