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The Undergraduate Program 


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At the heart of St. John’s College is a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary curriculum focused on the most important books and ideas of Western civilization. All classes are conducted seminar-style, with faculty leading the discussion. Areas of study include philosophy, literature, history, mathematics, economics, political theory, theology, biology, physics, music, chemistry, and languages.

Subjects Studied at St. John's College

 

Year Literature Philosophy & Theology History & Social Science Mathematics & Natural Science Music
Freshman Year

Homer
Aeschylus
Sophocles
Euripides
Aristophanes

Plato
Aristotle
Lucretius 
Herodotus
Thucydides
Plutarch
Euclid
Nicomachus
Ptolemy
Lavoisier
Dalton
Archimedes
Pascal
Fahrenheit
Avogadro
Virchow
Mariotte
Gay-Lussac
Proust
Cannizzaro
Berthollet
Mendeleyev
J.J. Thomson
Harvey
Driesch
Spemann
 
Sophomore Year Virgil
Dante
Chaucer
Shakespeare
Donne
Marvell
Aristotle
Epictetus
Plotinus
Hebrew Bible
New Testament
Augustine
Anselm
Aquinas
Luther
Montaigne
Bacon
Maimonides
Plutarch
Tacitus
Livy
Machiavelli 
Ptolemy
Apollonius
Copernicus
Descartes
Pascal
Viète
Kepler
Palestrina
Bach
Mozart
Beethoven
Schubert
Stravinsky
Haydn
Des Prez
Monteverdi 
Junior Year Cervantes
Milton
Swift
Racine
La Fontaine
J. Austen
La Rochefoucauld
G. Eliot
Molière
Wordsworth
Twain
Descartes
Pascal
Hobbes
Spinoza
Locke
Leibniz
Hume
Kant 
Locke
Rousseau
Adam Smith
Hamilton, Jay, Madison
Documents from
American political history 
Galileo
Young
Euler
Taylor
Newton
Leibniz
Huygens
Dedekind
D. Bernoulli
Faraday
Maxwell
Ǿrsted 
Mozart 
Senior Year Tolstoy
Dostoevsky
Baudelaire
Rimbaud
Valéry
Yeats
Kafka
W. Stevens
T.S. Eliot
Conrad
V. Woolf
O’Connor
Melville
Faulkner
Goethe
Flaubert
Hegel
Kierkegaard
Nietzsche
W. James
Heidegger
Plato
Husserl 
Hegel
Marx
Documents from
American political history
Tocqueville
Lincoln
Supreme Court opinions
F. Douglass
B. Washington
Du Bois
Hamilton, Jay, Madison 
Faraday
Lobachevsky
Rutherford
Minkowski
Davisson
de Broglie
Beadle and Tatum
Boveri
Sutton
Morgan
Sussman
Hardy
Mendel
J.J. Thomson
Bohr
Millikan
Schrödinger
Darwin
Freud
Einstein
Heisenberg
Watson and Crick
Jacob and Monod 
 Wagner