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Benedictine College to Launch Great Books Program

Benedictine CollegeBenedictine College in Atchison, Kan., will start a Great Books program on campus in fall 2014 and offer a Great Books Certificate to students, the Gregorian Institute reported.

Students in the Great Books program will "study the works that serve as a foundation of Western thought," according to the report.  The Great Books curriculum includes seminars on topics including The Ancient World, The Middle Ages, The Renaissance, and The Moderns.  While the program is not a major, students can earn the Great Books Certificate from Benedictine.

The Gregorian Institute reports:

“We are excited to give our students the chance to systematically study the Great Books at Benedictine College,” said Benedictine President Stephen D. Minnis. “Sharing these world-changing works at the launch of our Great Books Program is a great way to show why this curriculum is so important.”

Benedictine 2020: A Vision for Greatness, the college’s bold strategic plan focusing on academic excellence, calls for “an environment that prepares students with the best that has been thought and written.”

Dean of the College Dr. Kimberly Shankman said the Great Books Program is just one response to the Benedictine 2020 plan. She has appointed Dr. Susan Traffas and Dr. Edward Mulholland as co-directors of the Great Books Program.

In conjunction with the launch of the new program, Benedictine will host several historical artifacts during the fall semester of 2014.  The Remnant Trust, "a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting and displaying documents pertaining to man's pursuit of freedom," according to the College, asked Benedictine to host 40 artifacts.  The College reports that the documents will include "original and rare editions of the Magna Carta, works of Aquinas and Augustine and Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harrier Beecher Stowe.

Benedictine College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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