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St. John’s College Summer Academy

Stay Tuned! 2023 Session details will be released in October for Summer Academy (in-person program) and Summer Seminars (Online program). Applications will open December 2022 for both programs.

For now, please take a look at what Summer Academy has done previously...

On Campus Sessions 2022

Sessions are hosted on both St. John’s campus locations, in Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM. Scroll through the six sessions offered throughout July 2022. 

Beginnings: Inquiring into the Origins of Politics, Poetry, and Mathematics

July 10-16 | Santa Fe, NM

Beginnings Session
Equality and Inequality: Justice and Law

July 10-16 | Annapolis, MD

Equality and Inequality Session
The American Experiment: Foundations of Democracy

July 17-23 | Santa Fe, NM

American Experiment Session
The Heart of the Matter: Literature and Biology

July 17-23 | Annapolis, MD

Heart of the Matter Session
The Art of Seeing: Literature and the Visual Arts

July 24-30 | Santa Fe, NM

Art of Seeing Session
Revolution and Rebellion: When Justice Opposes Law

July 24–30 | Annapolis, MD

Revolution and Rebellion Session

Online Sessions 2022

Phaedo by Plato

June 13–17 | Online Session via Zoom

Plato Session
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

June 20–24 | Online Session via Zoom

Toni Morrison Online Session
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

August 1–5 | Online Session via Zoom

Alexis de Tocqueville Online Session
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

August 8–12 | Online Session via Zoom

Virginia Woolf Online Session

What is the Great Books Reading Program?

We take great pride in our great books curriculum, which was adopted in 1937. The tradition of all students reading fundamental texts of Western civilization is the foundation of our education. Our Great Books Reading List includes classic works by Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Cervantes and more.

Our goal with the Summer Academy is to introduce high school students to the world of critical thinking and discussion while reading great books in subjects like philosophy, literature, psychology, history, religion, economics, science, astronomy, language, and more.


Summer Classics for Adults in Santa Fe

Spend a week of your summer among fellow lovers of intellectual inquiry examining great works, either in Santa Fe or online! Our 40 seminar offerings are lively, in-depth, and highly participatory conversations on enduring works that span fiction and nonfiction, math and science, poetry and philosophy, as well as visual, cinematic, and performing arts.