Master’s of Arts in 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. 

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 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”). 

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. Professional Development Certificates will be awarded for participation in seminar courses. Tuition is $250 per credit hour. Depending on changes resulting from COVID restrictions, some future courses may be offered 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

Memoria College is a new institution applying for licensing with Council on Postsecondary Education to grant a Master’s degree.