Master’s Courses in the Classics


The Memoria College Master’s Courses in the Classics offers teachers and interested adults a broad yet meaningful encounter with the great books. Students will study the fundamental texts of philosophy, literature, theology, psychology, history, economics, and science. In seminars led by Memoria College tutors, students will engage in thoughtful discussion of the classic works of the Western tradition by great thinkers and writers such as Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Shakespeare, Kant, Melville, and Tolstoy. 

Memoria College is a new institution founded because we are passionate about Great Books. We are applying for licensing with Council on Postsecondary Education to grant a Master’s degree. We believe we will successfully complete the process.

We invite you to take these courses now because you love the classics and want to discuss the Great Ideas with others. If certainty that a degree will be granted is imperative, please wait to apply until the process is completed.

The Master of Arts degree (M.A.) requires the completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours consisting of:

  • 24 credit hours from courses held across the fall and spring semesters focused on reading and discussing the great books of the Western tradition.
  • 6 credit hours from a variety of lecture and seminar courses to be held each summer focused on the close reading of a single great work or author (for example, Melville’s Moby Dick, Plato’s Republic, or The Federalist Papers) or the exploration of topics in classical education (for example, “The Practice of Classical Pedagogy” or “Introduction to Classical Education”). 

Students not already proficient in a classical language may earn additional credits for completion of a sequence in Latin or Greek. 

The M.A. can be completed in 24 months, but the program’s flexible structure allows students to tailor their commitment to fit their schedules. Certificates may be awarded for participation in the program short of the completion of the M.A. and for completion of a sequence in Latin or Greek. Tuition is $250 per credit hour. Courses begin fall 2020. Students may attend live courses online or in person on the campus of Memoria College in Louisville, Kentucky. 

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Authors we read:
Philosophy & Theology
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • St. Augustine
  • John Locke
  • Lucretius
  • Marcus Aurelius
  • Blaise Pascal
  • Immanuel Kant
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Francis Bacon
  • René Descartes
  • David Hume
  • Plotinus
  • Spinoza
  • George Berkeley
  • Hegel
  • Epictetus
Mathematics & Natural Science
  • Nicomachus
  • Blaise Pascal
  • Euclid
  • Lavoisier
  • Freud
  • Galileo
  • Isaac Newton
  • William James
  • Hippocrates
  • Galen
  • Ptolemy
  • Copernicus
  • Kepler
  • William Harvey
  • Charles Darwin
  • Archimedes
  • Huygens
  • Apollonius
  • William Gilbert
  • Joseph Fourier
  • Michael Faraday
History, Economics, & Political Philosophy
  • Plutarch
  • Machiavelli
  • Montaigne
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
  • Edward Gibbon
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Constitution of The United States
  • The Federalist Papers
  • Adam Smith
  • Karl Marx
  • Friedrich Engels
  • Herodotus
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • John Stuart Mill
  • Thucydides
  • Tacitus
  • Immanuel Kant
  • James Boswell
  • Montesquieu
Literature
  • Rabelais
  • Shakespeare
  • Homer
  • Aeschylus
  • Sophocles
  • John Milton
  • Jonathan Swift
  • Chaucer
  • Dostoevsky
  • Euripides
  • Herman Melville
  • Virgil
  • Dante
  • Cervantes
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Laurence Sterne
  • Goethe
  • Henry Fielding