Classical Christian Studies (CCS) - New Saint Andrews College

Classical Christian Studies

Online Low-Residency Graduate Program Designed with Teachers in Mind

Mission Statement

 

The mission of New Saint Andrews College’s CCS program is to provide the highest quality graduate education attainable through low-residence instruction. Our program is comprised of a faculty of scholars, committed to instructional excellence and a distinctively Christian and Reformed perspective, who deliver this education to men and women who are taking up the mantle of cultural leadership. We prepare our students to draw upon the western liberal arts tradition as they shape culture in the 21st century.

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Degree Requirements

Requirements for the Master of Studies (M.St.) Degree

Candidates for the M.St. degree must pass a total of 32 credits with a minimum grade of MCH (B-), including each of the following curricular requirements:

1. a minimum of 5 residence credits
2. a minimum of 2 credits in Language
3. one integrative essay (2 credits)

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate (Grad Cert)

Candidates for the Grad. Cert. must pass a total of 16 credits with a minimum grade of MCH (B-).

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Graduate Admissions

The College invites qualified men and women who hold bachelor degrees to submit applications for admission to pursue graduate study at New Saint Andrews. The graduate degree programs are limited enrollment, academically rigorous post-graduate courses of study.

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Course Offerings

Western Culture

Courses in western culture provide scholarly introductions to primary texts that exemplify one of the following eras of western civilization: ancient Greece, ancient Rome, medieval Europe, or early modern Europe. Each course will concentrate on a particular theme, author, discipline, or field of inquiry (e.g., history, theology, philosophy, mathematics, science, music, literature). Courses in western culture require students to read and interrogate the primary texts; identify their authors’ contexts, concerns, and insights; and form their own assessment of the authors’ achievements. These courses position the primary texts within the western intellectual tradition, compare them to other literatures, and relate them to our contemporary world. The courses deepen a student’s understanding of the primary texts in one of two ways: by either proposing how to teach these texts to others; or by conversing meaningfully with leading scholars or schools of thought and their interpretive approaches to these texts, and also by expressing their own voice in this conversation. Students in these courses will be required to communicate their engagement with the primary texts in writing. Courses in western culture offered during summer residency will also require students to assert their presence as scholars through spoken interaction in a seminar.

Specific texts and topics are unique to each course. Courses are scheduled on a cycle that moves chronologically through four eras of western civilization: ancient Greece, ancient Rome, medieval Europe, and early modern Europe. Our schedule allots two consecutive terms to each era, thus an entire cycle spans eight terms in all.

Languages

Courses in language offer an intensive introduction to a classical language. These courses provide a foundation for continuing study in the language and the basic tools for applying the language to teaching or scholarship.

Latin and Pedagogy

This course introduces the basics of the Latin language while also addressing principles and problems of language pedagogy that educators encounter in their capacity as administrators, teachers, or parents. At the end of this course students will have a foundation sufficient for further Latin study, including an ability read adapted passages from a Latin translation of the Bible. The readings, discussion, and class exercises will also provide a solid a foundation in pedagogy, equipping students to better their classrooms, schools, and homeschools.

Hebrew

This course takes a student from not knowing the Hebrew alphabet to reading biblical texts using the BibleMesh online curriculum. Lessons incorporate various media and the most up to date vocabulary learning software to immerse the student into the biblical text in the original language and learn the grammar of that language in that context. Grammar ceases to be an abstract concept unattached to anything real and becomes embedded in the text that the students are reading. Students will be tested regularly on each grammar topic and are required to have an active knowledge in each language as they are asked to type answers in Hebrew.

Greek

This course takes a student from not knowing the Greek alphabet to reading biblical texts using the BibleMesh online curriculum. Lessons incorporate various media and the most up to date vocabulary learning software to immerse the student into the biblical text in the original language and learn the grammar of that language in that context. Grammar ceases to be an abstract concept unattached to anything real and becomes embedded in the text that the students are reading. Students will be tested regularly on each grammar topic and are required to have an active knowledge in each language as they are asked to type answers in Greek.

Integrative Essay

Integrative Essay is the capstone assignment of the M.St. degree. Students work under the supervision of a faculty mentor to compose a 25-35 page essay that examines texts, issues and/or events they have studied in the CCS program, integrating them around a select theme or thesis. Students defend their integrative essay before a panel of faculty.

CCS Course List

For detailed course descriptions, click on the names of the individual courses below.

Term Era of Emphasis Courses Offered Instructor
To view past CCS courses & descriptions, click here.
Spring 2017
1/9–4/14
Early Modern LIT534: English Reformation Poetry Grieser
Summer 2017
5/29–8/25
Residence Week:
7/17–7/21

Greece PHIL682: Aristotle’s Politics and the Middle Ages McIntosh
LIT526: Greek Tragedy and Shakespeare Grieser
LAT501: Latin Pedagogy (online only) Griffith
Fall 2017
9/11–12/15
Greece HIS580: Herodotus and Thucydides Schlect
Spring 2018
1/8–4/13
Rome THE536: Dead Sea Scrolls, Second Temple Judaism, and Early Christianity Edwards
Summer 2018
5/28-8/24
Residence week: 7/16-20
Rome RHT520: Rhetoric in the Classical and Christian Tradition Schlect

Sample CCS Timeframe

Here is a typical schedule for program completion. Students may enter the program at any time—fall, spring or summer.

Fall of Year 1 1 course = 2 credits
Spring of Year 1 1 course = 2 credits (4 credits accumulated)
Summer of Year 1 2 courses = 6 credits (10 credits accumulated)
Fall of Year 2 1 course = 2 credits (12 credits accumulated)
Spring of Year 2 1 course = 2 credits (14 credits accumulated)
Summer of Year 2 2 courses = 6 credits (20 credits accumulated)
Fall of Year 3 1 course = 2 credits (22 credits accumulated)
Spring of Year 3 1 course = 2 credits (24 credits accumulated)
Summer of Year 3 2 courses = 6 credits (30 credits accumulated)
Summer of Year 3 Integrative essay = 2 credits (32 credits accumulated)