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Academics

Northeast Catholic College offers a liberal education for greatness.  This may be a public greatness that human history will mark within its records or the quiet, hidden greatness that sustains families, societies, and the world, just beyond the vision of others.   This greatness gives form to a life transformed, one in which students find true freedom, joy, and the wisdom that transcends our age.

Through its deep integration of liberal education and the Catholic faith within a joyful community, Northeast Catholic College offers students the opportunity to pursue wisdom in a spirit of friendship, animated by a communion of faith, bringing the intellect and imagination to their full realization.  Our community is unlike any other.

At Northeast Catholic College we educate our students not only for the lives they will live immediately following graduation, but also for the lives they will live two decades later.  When our graduates step into the leadership of public, private, and ecclesial institutions, or lead quietly in the private spheres of life, they will be taking up the reins that will shape and sustain society and the Church through the next generations.

It is for these high and heroic callings that we educate.  We invite you to explore our website to discover the extraordinary education we offer. 

Program of Studies

Curriculum

Our curriculum gives form to the desire we possess for wisdom, for a heroic calling, and for a coherent, deep, and substantive encounter with reality that transforms as it animates and orients our intellect and imagination.

The Classic Books

The Classic Books

The classic books, also known as great books, form the substance of our course of studies at the college and through them we embark on the great journey of liberal education.

Philosophy & Humanities

Philosophy & Humanities

Through the Philosophy and Humanities sequence, the collegiate community reads together the greatest works of the imagination and the intellect in a spirit animated by joy that flows from the classroom to animate all that we do as a college.

Majors

Majors

As a complement to our generous core of great books, students choose a classic disciplines in the junior and senior year, reading books from within that discipline and developing a vision of reality shaped by it.

Junior Project and Senior Thesis

Junior Project and Senior Thesis

At the beginning of the junior year, when a major discipline has been chosen, each student selects a single author as the subject of an extended exploration of reading and then, as a senior, selects a classic book and related question that become the basis of a senior thesis or portfolio.

Arts of the Beautiful

Music and Art

Through our unique “Arts of the Beautiful” Program, students can integrate the practices of music, visual art—including iconography—and drama with sustained reflections on aesthetics, all while experiencing these arts in the museums and concert halls of New England.

Honors

Honors

In the college’s Honors Program, students and faculty explore—in a seminar setting—classic texts and themes chosen by a senior tutor of the college, while also completing an Honors Thesis during their senior year.

Visiting Lectures

Visiting Lectures and Seminars

As part of its Friday-night lecture series, the college invites scholars, poets, priests, philosophers, artists, musicians, and cultural leaders to join the conversation that animates our collegiate culture, events that combine lively dialogue and good food.

Faculty

Faculty

Our faculty joyfully devote themselves to the pursuit of wisdom through the classic books and the central disciplines, mentoring students who wish to join them in the exploration of the highest and most permanent things. 

Rome, Krakow, Norcia, and Oxford

Students have the opportunity to study abroad in the spring semester of their sophomore year in Rome, Krakow, and Norcia, as well as engage in summer studies in Oxford, England.

Library

Library

The St. Augustine library holdings include 25,000 print volumes, 60 periodical titles, and a variety of digital resources, all managed by a professional librarian with extensive academic experience.

Friday Night Lecture: “The Poem Knows: Writing in Form and Meter”

Friday, November 9, 2018 7:30p.m., St. Francis de Sales Midge Goldberg 2016 Howard Nemerov Award 2016 Readers Choice Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry in NH 2015 Richard Wilbur Poetry Award “The Poem Knows: Writing in Form and Meter” Join us in welcoming poet Midge Goldberg as our upcoming Friday Night Lecture guest. Midge Goldberg...

Friday Night Lecture Series: “What Do the Wise Know & How Do They Know It?:Wisdom Among the Speculative Virtues in Aquinas”

Friday, October 19, 2018, 8:00p.m., St. Francis de Sales Prof. Daniel Gallagher Associate Professor of the Practice in Latin at Cornell University Presents “What Do the Wise Know & How do They Know It?: Wisdom Among the Speculative Virtues in Aquinas” Join us in welcoming Professor Daniel B. Gallagher as our upcoming Friday Night Lecture...

Friday Night Lecture Series: “What They Saw in America: The Sacred and the Secular”

Friday, October 5, 2018, 7:30 p.m., St. Francis de Sales Dr. James Nolan Professor of Sociology at Williams College Presents “What They Saw in America: The Sacred and the Secular” Join us in welcoming Dr. James Nolan, author of What They Saw in America: Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber, G.K. Chesterton, and Sayyid Qutb (Cambridge...

Voegelin, Sampo, and “Outbursts of Transcendence in History”

On August 31, Dr. Peter Sampo, president emeritus, co-founder of the college, and current member of the faculty, presented a paper at the 34th International Meeting of the Eric Voegelin Society entitled, “History, Ideology and Noetic Differentiation.” A student of Eric Voegelin, Dr. Sampo offered reflections derived from both a thorough knowledge of Voegelin’s writings...

Friday Night Lecture Series: “God or Nature”: On the Use of Benedict Spinoza by Christians

Friday, September 14, 2018, 7:30 p.m., St. Francis de Sales Dr. Eric Buck Faculty, Northeast Catholic College Presents “God or Nature”: On the Use of Benedict Spinoza by Christians Dr. Eric M. Buck specializes in phenomenology, Asian philosophy and world religions, the history of western civilization, and in close readings of the world’s speculative and...

Friday Night Lecture Series: Grace to Those Who Hear: The Light of Christian Speech in a Darkening World

Friday, April 6, 2018, 7:30 p.m., St. Francis de Sales Dr. Lee Cerling Associate Professor of Clinical Business Communication University of Southern California Presents Grace to Those Who Hear: The Light of Christian Speech in a Darkening World Dr. Lee Cerling received a BA in English, and a PhD in Rhetoric, both from the University...