St. John’s College Summer Academy

2021 On Campus Sessions

Sessions are hosted on both St. John’s campus locations, in Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM. Scroll through five sessions offered this summer.

Exploring Human Nature: Literature, Poetry, and Drama

June 27–July 3 | Annapolis, MD

Exploring Human Nature Session
Power and Politics: The Great and the Good

July 4–10 | Annapolis, MD

Power and Politics Session
Courage and the Soul: Exploring Human Virtue

July 11–17 | Santa Fe, NM

Courage and the Soul Session
Art and Nature: Intersection of Imagination & Ingenuity

July 18–24 | Santa Fe, NM

Art and Nature Session
The American Experiment: Foundations of Democracy

July 25–31 | Santa Fe, NM

The American Experiment Session

2021 Online Sessions

Phaedo by Plato

June 14–18

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Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

June 21–25

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Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

August 2–6

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Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

August 9–13

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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.