What is Memoria College?

The Memoria College Master’s program offers a broad yet meaningful encounter with the great books. Students engage in thoughtful discussion of the classic works of the great thinkers and writers of the Western tradition by studying the fundamental texts of philosophy, literature, theology, psychology, history, economics, and science.

Why was Memoria College founded?

Memoria College exalts Socratic Wisdom—the humble recognition that we all have much more to learn. As such, Memoria College offers a classical education to any adult who did not formally receive one or who wishes to broaden their education. Courses are intended for teachers, homeschooling parents, and all who wish to immerse themselves in the Great Books and the best that has been thought and said.

What is the culture of Memoria College?

Memoria College is intended to be a flexible and convenient opportunity to access the Great Books. Our faculty is world-class, with multiple awards and published works to their credit, and our students are highly engaged and interested. Our community is small and unintimidating. While many of our students are homeschooling parents and teachers and administrators in classical schools, we welcome students from diverse backgrounds and circumstances. Our community is gracious and wise and our esteemed faculty routinely comments favorably on the high caliber of Memoria College students. While seminar courses may be larger, core courses are limited in size to encourage discussion and collegiality.

What programs are available?

Degree Program: By enrolling in the program, students can earn a Master’s of Arts Degree with 30 credit hours. Enrollment requires an application, a personal essay, a transcript from your undergraduate university, a Microsoft Teams interview, a $50.00 application fee, and acceptance into the program. Enrollment is recommended for all students who think they might eventually want to seek a degree. Full three-hour credit courses are only available to enrolled students.

Professional Development: Students may sign up for seminar courses to receive Professional Development. Certificates will be awarded for participation. Courses such as Introduction to Classical Education and Practice of Classical Pedagogy will be offered regularly and are strongly recommended for administrators and faculty of classical schools. A number of content-related courses are available periodically for teachers as well, for example Children’s Literature, which includes Memoria Press content selections.

Personal Development: Students may wish to enroll in courses as audit students. These students have access to courses and class recordings but are not required to contribute to the forum or participate in class. Credit is not granted for participation.

What kind of courses are available?

Full Courses offer three credit hours. Courses meet for two hours once per week for 15 weeks via Microsoft Teams and require participation in class discussions as well as a weekly contribution to the online class forum. These courses are based on the Great Ideas Program developed by Mortimer Adler.

Seminar Courses offer one credit hour (or may be audited by non-credit students). Courses meet for two hours once per week for five weeks via Microsoft Teams and require participation in class discussions as well as a weekly contribution to the online class forum. Students who are auditing the course may attend the live session and have access to the forums, but they are not required to contribute. These courses supplement the Great Ideas Program by focusing on a single work, author, or narrow theme.

Full Courses and Seminar Courses are available in the fundamental texts of the Western tradition as well as more modern classics. Students will study great thinkers and writers such as Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Shakespeare, Kant, Melville, Tolstoy, Tolkien, Dickens, Austen, and Lewis.

Is Memoria College Licensed or Accredited?

Memoria College is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (13 KAR 1:020). The license is conditioned upon obtaining accreditation with an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Memoria College is not a “Title IV” school, does not accept any State or Federal funds, grants or loans, and is not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

How will participating in Memoria College benefit your School?

As educators, the very best thing you can do is continue to educate yourselves! The educational landscape of the last seventy-five years suggests that many who now champion classical education for their students could benefit from revisiting or acquainting themselves with the greatest works of the Western tradition. Developing knowledge and wisdom individually contributes to the wealth of knowledge and wisdom in your classrooms and school. As Robert Hutchins said of the Great Books Program, “Liberal education…prepares us to be free men….to be free you have to be educated for freedom. This means you have to think; for the free man thinks for himself. …You have to have this education if you are going to be happy; for happiness consists in making the most of yourself.”

Do I need a background in classics?

No, just a desire to learn.

Am I eligible for the master’s program if I do not have a bachelor’s degree?

You must complete your bachelor’s degree in order to gain a master’s degree. Since Memoria College is not an undergraduate institution, you must first complete your bachelor’s degree at an undergraduate institution before a degree can be granted.

Students without a bachelor’s degree may audit courses.

When do classes meet?

Most classes meet in the evening (usually 7–9 EST) to accommodate the schedules of busy parents and working adults. All courses meet via Microsoft Teams and recordings are available to registered students. While regular attendance is encouraged, occasional absences are understandable.

What is the cost of classes?

Memoria College courses are intended to be as accessible and affordable as possible. Memoria College full three credit hour courses are $750. Seminar Courses are $250 for one credit hour or $100 to audit.

What is the workload?

The workload consists of (1) reading in primary source material, (2) live discussion in class, (3) weekly writing in a group discussion forum, aiming at about 1,000 words per week either in a single short essay or across multiple responses or posts.

Are credits from the Memoria College master’s program transferable to other institutions?

It is unlikely. There is no universal system for transferring credit between graduate schools. Institutions rarely accept transfer credit unless they have a closely-matching course and determine that the material was covered in a similar way. Based on the unique nature of our program, only a few graduate programs are likely to have similar courses.

Memoria College summer courses are available to the general public and can count as credit for students who are accepted to the Memoria College Master of Arts in the Great Books program.

Memoria College does not guarantee the transfer of course credits or degrees to other institutions or organizations.

Will the master’s program satisfy state teacher certification requirements?

No. The master’s program is designed to provide a broad liberal education through interaction with the great texts. It is not a master’s in teaching degree which is typically focused on the process of teaching with a student teaching component.

In some states these courses will satisfy the requirements for continuing education.