“The beauty of a liberal arts education is that it prepares the mind for a lifetime of independent learning and the soul to live with integrity and virtue. The liberal arts train students to be curious for the truth, faithful to the good, and attentive to the beautiful. So, no matter what career path I choose to follow, I know my education in the honors college is preparing me for it well.”

Ellen Francis ('22)

The Templeton curriculum has been thoughtfully and prayerfully crafted to ensure our students have time to discuss and learn from great thinkers, authors, and artists within the Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian traditions. The texts we read are consciously chosen to provoke, engage, and engender careful thought and reflection. We do not simply ask, “what must we know to be educated?” but also, “how can we become the fully alive humans were were created to be?”

On these pages, you will find course descriptions that give a small window into the content and character of the Templeton classroom. However, our curriculum encompasses far more than a series of courses, because it includes service learning, research, study abroad, retreats, banquets, religious services, fine arts events, forums, and an introductory camping trip in the Adirondack mountains. 

“I sit with Shakespeare, and he winces not. Across the color line I move arm and arm with Balzac and Dumas, where smiling men and welcoming women glide in gilded halls. From out of the caves of evening that swing between the strong-limbed Earth and the tracery of stars, I summon Aristotle and Aurelius and what soul I will, and they come all graciously with no scorn nor condescension. ”

W. E. B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk