Chesterton College’s Certificate of Arts and Literacy is an opportunity for adults at all ages (16 years and above) to become acquainted and well-versed in the principles and practices of classical Christian education and the most important ideas and activities of Western Civilization.
In addition to our one-year Certificate of Arts and Literacy, students may enroll in a single course, completing the coursework in any one (or more) of our classes in academics or aesthetics.
Course Schedule and Calendar
Students will have one class each Monday through Thursday from 3PM-5PM. Each term is 8 or 9 weeks with at least one week off between terms. The school calendar follows closely the Western liturgical calendar for the year.
Bethlehem Term (August 21-October 12) *Class will be held on Labor Day M/W 3:00PM-5:00PM Aesthetics: Visual Arts (Practices, Principles, History) with K. Lindholm T/R 3:00PM-5:00PM Academics: Traditio 1 (Culture and Ideas) with B. Daigle Constantinople Term (October 23 - December 21) *No classes Wednesday November 22nd and Thursday, November 23rd in observance of Thanksgiving First Sunday of Advent December 3, 2017 M/W 3:00PM-5:00PM Aesthetics: Spatial Arts (Architecture and Design) with B. Daigle T/R 3:00PM-5:00PM Academics: Traditio 2 (Being an Educated Human Being) with T. Achord Christmas Day is Monday, December 25, 2017
Rome Term (January 22 - March 22) *No classes Wednesday, February 14th and Thursday, February 15th in observance of Ash Wednesday and in preparation for Lent Last Sunday of Christmas is January 7, 2018 Ash Wednesday is February 14, 2018 M/W 3:00PM-5:00PM Aesthetics: Performing Arts 1 (Philosophy of Film) with S. Mitchell T/R 3:00PM-5:00PM Academics: Traditio 3 (Socratic Logic) with B. Daigle
Maundy Thursday is March 29, 2018 Good Friday is March 30, 2018 Easter Day is Sunday, April 1, 2018
Wittenberg Term (April 2 - May 24) M/W 3:00PM-5:00PM Aesthetics: Performing Arts 2 (Music) with K. Fryer T/R 3:00PM-5:00PM Academics: Traditio 4 (Rhetoric and Teaching Practicum) with T. Achord Pentecost is May 20, 2018
General Course Requirements
What kind of work is expected? There are three primary academic activities which are expected from each student in every course at Chesterton College: reading, writing, and speaking. Students will read deeply and widely. This will be perhaps the most intense year of reading and studying ever before completed in a student’s academic career. Students will speak both informally and formally in their courses. And each term will culminate with each student writing and publically presenting and defending an original 10-page paper on an original thesis which incorporates both courses from that term. Particular assignments in each course will depend upon the instructor and course syllabus.
Chesterton Reading List Along with completing the reading required for each course, students are to read at their leisure the following works by G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis. The student is to write a three-page essay which summarizes the two works in each pair and places the principles and particulars of each work in dialogue with one another. How are the books in each pair similar and different? How are they important books for contemporary Christians? What are the strengths and shortcomings of each work? Where does the book take place in the author’s corpus of work or biographical sequence? Though self-paced, students will read one or two pair per term. The reading and writing assignments are to be completed by the end of each term.
Chesterton Orthodoxy and Lewis Mere Christianity Chesterton Tremendous Trifles and Lewis Screwtape Letters Chesterton Father Brown stories (a few) and Lewis The Great Divorce Chesterton What's Wrong with the World and Lewis The Problem of Pain Chesterton The Everlasting Man and Lewis The Abolition of Man Chesterton St. Thomas Aquinas and Lewis God in the Dock