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General Education

The B.A. in Great Texts of the Christian Tradition

Having completed their chronological overview of Great Texts, students in Years Three and Four begin to study the great authors in tremendous depth, and have their choice of two degree emphases:

  • Literature and Religion, or
  • Philosophy of Religion

In their upperclassman years, students dig deeper in their study of great writers and are apprenticed in the research, writing, and dialectical skills required at the graduate level.

The Bachelor of Arts in Great Texts of the Christian Tradition (GTCT) is an interdisciplinary course of study that apprentices students in the core texts and authors of the classical, Christian tradition, from Plato and the New Testament to Shakespeare and his modern inheritors. Special focus is placed on the role of the philosophy and literature of classical antiquity and early Christianity in the development of the philosophy and literature of the medieval and modern worlds.   

In addition to core Great Texts discussions and tutorials, students may choose, through upper division electives, to specialize in either Literature and Religion or Philosophy of Religion.   

Through rigorous discussion and individualized tutorials, the student who majors in Great Texts of the Christian Tradition are prepared to pursue a wide variety of careers in Christian education, leadership, and scholarship.  

At a Glance: Great Texts of the Christian Tradition

  • 36 credits of upper division Great Texts discussions and tutorials focusing on the major classics of ancient Greek, Medieval Christian, and English Renaissance literature, philosophy, and theology  

  • 12 credits of upper division electives in either Literature and Religion (includes Literary Theory) or Philosophy of Religion (includes Logic)  

  • Capstone Senior Thesis with a special focus on either Literature or Philosophy