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