Colleges with Great Books

There are a number of colleges and universities that have curricula or courses which use Great Books and seminars. Some of these schools have their own webpages, and some of those pages have lists of other schools with great books or seminar emphasis. Although we neither claim nor attempt to be exhaustive, the Center is at least aware of the following:





An entire four-year degree program of Great Books and seminars, originally designed by Scott Buchanan, is required of all students at:

Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, California

Saint John's College, Annapolis, Maryland and Santa Fe, New Mexico.





An entire four-year degree program, in large part comprised of Great Books and seminars, is required of all students at:

Gutenberg College, Eugene, Oregon.





A full-time four-year program of general education, based on the Hutchins College curriculum once taught at the University of Chicago, is required of all students at:

Shimer College, Chicago, Illinois.





The following schools have optional general education programs of Great Books and seminars available to some or to all students:

Kansas State University Primary Texts Certificate program.

Malaspina College-University, Nanaimo, British Columbia. An intensive four semester interdisciplinary chronological program called "Issues in Western Civilization", is available to third and fourth year students.

Saint Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. A five semester chronological program called "The Great Conversation", is available to all students who apply for and are accepted into that program.

North Park College, Chicago, Illinois. A two semester chronological program called, "General Honors", including a thorough introduction to the use of the Syntopicon, is available to Honors students.

University of Dallas, Irving, Texas.

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, Program of Liberal Studies.

St. Mary's College of California, Moraga, California, Integral Liberal Arts Program and Collegiate Seminar Program.

Finlandia College in Hancock, Michigan, Great Books/Great Voices major in Liberal Arts.