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Subjects: An Integrated Curriculum

Life Doesn’t Have Majors, Neither Does St. John’s

The St. John’s curriculum defies the conventional separation of human knowledge at most colleges. Students discover the myriad connections between literature, science, philosophy, math, music, and language by reading the books that investigated and established these disciplines.

At St. John’s, students don’t have majors, although the curriculum encompasses many familiar fields: Classical Studies and Greek; French; History, Politics, Law and Economics; Literature; Mathematics and the Natural Sciences; Music and the Arts; and Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology. Want to learn more about how each of these subjects is explored and pursued at St. John’s? See below to discover the books, students, alumni, faculty, classes, internships, student groups, and more that make the St. John’s experience so unique.

Remember, St. John’s students don’t have to choose subjects—Johnnies study them all. 

Classical Studies and Greek

Freshmen begin by learning the elements of ancient Greek grammar. By the end of the year, freshmen have learned enough Greek to translate with the help of a lexicon and notes.

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The study of French at St. John’s extends the inquiry into language in new directions. As juniors, students acquire enough grammar and vocabulary to begin translating and discussing short texts.

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History, Politics, Law, and Economics

Around the table and outside the classroom, students discuss ancient ideas that have shaped our world—especially relating to history, politics, law, and economics.

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Students study great works of literature at St. John's. Through seminar and language tutorial, Johnnies learn to deeply understand assigned readings and apply what they've learned in the world.

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Students study original and influential works of mathematics, demonstrating hundreds of theorems to one another in class.

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Music and the Arts

Students at St. John’s engage with great works of music and art. Johnnies take two years of music but the opportunities to sing, play, and dance extend far beyond the classroom.

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The Natural Sciences

St. John’s students study physics, biology, and chemistry through books and experiments that help them face difficult, basic questions and to see how they might be answered.

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Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology

At St. John’s, students get to know themselves inside and outside the classroom as they explore some of the most interesting minds of the Western world.

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