The Sequence of Core Curriculum Courses


The core curriculum sequence is an ordered, integrated program of study, and therefore deviations from the core sequence will be permitted only in special cases with the permission of the Academic Dean.

For descriptions of the courses check out our academic bulletin. View An Introduction to the Academic Program Brochure

FRESHMAN YEAR

First Semester (18 credit hours)

  • English 101: Literature of Western Civilization I
  • History 101: Ancient and Biblical World
  • Mathematics 101: Introduction to Mathematical Thought or other college-level math
  • Language 101: Elementary Latin, French, or (Classical) Greek 201
  • Philosophy 101: Introduction to Philosophy
  • Theology 101: Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine I

Second Semester (18 credit hours)

  • English 102: Literature of Western Civilization II
  • History 102: Formation of Christendom
  • Science 102: Introduction to Scientific Thought or other college-level science
  • Language 102: Elementary Latin, French, or Greek 202
  • Philosophy 102: Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Theology 102: Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine II

SOPHOMORE YEAR

First Semester (18 credit hours)

  • English 201: Literature of Western Civilization III
  • History 201: The Division of Christendom
  • Political Science 201: Principles of Political Theory
  • Language 201: Intermediate Latin, French, or Greek 301
  • Philosophy 201: Ethics
  • Theology 201: Introduction to the Old Testament

Second Semester (18 credit hours)

  • English 202: The Literature of Western Civilization IV
  • History 202: Church and World in the Modern Age
  • Political Science 202: Social Teachings of the Church
  • Language 202: Intermediate Latin, French, or Greek 302
  • Philosophy 202: Metaphysics
  • Theology 202: Introduction to the New Testament

JUNIOR YEAR

First Semester (6 credit hours)

  • Philosophy 301: History of Medieval Philosophy
  • Theology 301: Moral Theology

Second Semester (6 credit hours)

  • Philosophy 302: History of Modern Philosophy
  • Theology 302: Catholic Apologetics

EXTENDED JUNIOR YEAR 
Rome Program

The purpose of the Junior Semester in Rome Program, inaugurated in Fall, 2002, is to enhance our academic program with the cultural and intellectual enrichment which living and studying in Rome "at the Heart of the Church" offers our students. Accommodations are in the heart of Rome within walking distance of the Vatican and Rome of the Seven Hills.

Almost all students elect to participate during either the Fall or Spring semesters in the Junior Semester in Rome, which is the spiritual, cultural, and educational culmination of Christendom's Core and an excellent preparation for the student's final year of study at Christendom. However, participation in the Junior Semester in Rome is not mandatory, and of course a student who chooses not to participate continues to benefit from the liturgical, educational, and social life of the Front Royal campus.

The Rome curriculum includes the Theology Junior-year core course and three courses designed specifically to take advantage of the historical and cultural riches of Roma aeterna. In addition to taking full advantage of the artistic, cultural, ecclesiastical, and spiritual riches and resources of the Eternal City, the program includes a week's visit to Florence, home of Michelangelo's David, Brunelleschi's dome of the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and countless other artistic and architectural treasures, with side trips to Assisi and Siena.

Fall Semester (12 credit hours)

  • THEO 301: Moral Theology
  • HIST 301: Art and Architecture of Rome and Florence
  • CECS/ENGL/HIST/THEO 300: Roman Perspectives
  • ITAL 101: Elementary Italian

Spring Semester (12 credit hours)

  • THEO 302: Catholic Apologetics
  • HIST 301: Art and Architecture of Rome and Florence
  • CECS/ENGL/HIST/THEO 300: Roman Perspectives
  • ITAL 101: Elementary Italian

Click here for more information about Christendom's Junior Semester in Rome.