Great Books Summer Seminar Series
Online For High School Students Aged 15–18
For students who want a unique academic experience but aren’t able to travel to either of our beautiful campuses for the residential Summer Academy program, the Great Books Summer Seminar Series is completely online. For high school students aged 15–18 who seek intellectual challenges from anywhere in the world, this is the ideal program!
Because we are dedicated to providing access to thoughtful students who seek academic challenge, St. John’s is offering an extremely limited number of places at a reduced price. Our Summer Seminars are real St. John’s College seminars led by our full-time faculty. Here, you can expect small seminars where you engage in vigorous discussions with other students who love great books, new ideas, and deep conversation—just like you.
June 14–18: Plato, Phaedo
June 21–25: Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
August 2–6: Tocqueville, Democracy in America (excerpts)
August 9–13: Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
Seminars will meet over Zoom, which is a free platform but must be downloaded to a device in advance.
Seminars will meet for 75 minutes at the same time each day (Monday–Friday). On the application, you will select preferred times (morning, afternoon, or evening EDT), but we cannot guarantee a specific time.
We recommend purchasing your text in advance from your favorite local bookstore, or consider ordering through the St. John’s College campus bookstore. See our list of our recommended editions.
St. John’s is a closely-knit community that values great books, small classes, and vigorous discussion. All classes are led by full-time faculty. The college is at its best when face-to-face in our classrooms, dining halls, libraries, and dorm rooms, but world events make that impossible at the moment. The silver lining: our curriculum and pedagogy adapt very well to an online format. Unlike online education that relies on pre-recorded classes and lectures, St. John’s classes that are held online at this moment of necessity are vibrant, with all students fully engaged in the conversation, and coming to life with warmth and connection.
Tuition for each session of the Summer Seminar is $150.00. All seminars are led by full faculty at St. John’s, assisted by a current student.