2019-2020 Curriculum

The ICC’s curriculum is structured upon the classical liberal arts and divided into four quarters, corresponding to the Church’s major liturgical cycles (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Paschal Season), the calendar year (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer), and a fourfold division of the history of the world (Pre-Christian, Early Christian, Medieval and Renaissance, and Modern). Within each educational quarter the major disciplines of a Catholic liberal arts education are studied (i.e., history, philosophy, theology, literature, etc.) by focusing upon specific topics, ideas, and events that are important to the time period (Pre-Christian, Early Christian, etc.) and helped to shape the story of salvation history. Much more than a series of speakers, the Institute offers an organic education in the Catholic Faith, introducing attendees to the glorious story of God’s work among men.

Quarter I - Fall/Winter

The first quarter of the ICC curriculum year, beginning just before the Advent season and concluding with the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord, focuses on the ancient and biblical world, the fundamentals of human nature, and Old Testament revelation, preparing attendees for the advent of the Christ and the beginning of the Christian era.


HistoryHistory – The Ancient and Biblical World

History 101: The Ancient and Biblical World

PhilosophyPhilosophy – Pre-Christian Philosophy and Human Nature

The Free Man: Education & the Restoration of the Liberal Arts

TheologyTheology – Jewish and Pagan Thought

Development of Christian Doctrine

SacredScriptureSacred Scripture – Old Testament

Scripture 102

LiturgicalLiturgical Studies – Jewish Liturgical Studies and Advent Festal Days

Dew from Heaven: An Advent Meditation on the Rorate Caeli Hymn

CatecheticsCatechetics – Introduction to the Catechism and the Creed

The Heart of a Saint: The Spiritual Influence of Cardinal John Henry Newman

PoliSciPolitics – Ancient World

The Honorable Life: Cicero’s Teaching on the Art of Good Judgment

CultureCultural, Practical, and Special Topics

Guarding the Deposit of Faith: The Duty of Catholic Bishops and Memory: A Forgotten Art

Quarter II - Winter/Spring

The second quarter of the ICC curriculum year, beginning with Christmas and concluding with Easter, focuses on the revelation of Jesus Christ, the history of the apostolic and patristic age, the fundamentals of Christian morality, the Church, and the Sacramental system.

HistoryHistory – The Early Church

History 101: The Ancient and Biblical World

PhilosophyPhilosophy – The Early Christian Philosophy and Ethics

Aristotle’s Ethics: A Guided Study

TheologyTheology – Patristics and Early Councils/Issues

Defending Orthodoxy: Newman on the Arian Crisis

SacredScriptureSacred Scripture – Gospels

The Hour Has Come: A Meditation on Christ’s High Priestly Prayer

LiturgicalLiturgical Studies – Early Christian Liturgical Studies and Festal Cycle of Christmas and Lent

I Am Near to Death: A Study of Newman’s “Dream of Gerontius”

CatecheticsCatechetics – The Church and the Sacraments

Preparing Our Hearts: A Guided Examination of Conscience for Holy Confession

LiteraturePolitics – Biblical World

Biblical Politics: A Scriptural Study of Political Theory

Quarter III - Spring/Summer

The third quarter of the ICC curriculum year, beginning with the celebration of the Resurrection through the season of Pentecost, introduces attendees to the book of Acts and the Epistles, the Medieval and Renaissance world, the scholastic philosophical tradition, and the Church’s spiritual patrimony.

HistoryHistory – The Medieval and Renaissance World

History 101: The Ancient and Biblical World

PhilosophyPhilosophy – Medieval and Scholastics/Metaphysics and Epistemology

Discovering Wisdom: Aristotle, Islam, & Scholastic Philosophy

TheologyTheology – Medieval and Scholastic Theology

Out of Darkness: Newman on Education

SacredScriptureSacred Scripture – Acts and Epistles

Timothy, My Son: A Study of St. Paul’s Letters to His Disciple

LiturgicalLiturgical Studies – Medieval and Renaissance Liturgical Studies; Festal Cycle of Easter and Pentecost

Soldier Saints: Battling for the Kingdom of God

CatecheticsCatechetics – The Moral Life

The Conscience of Man: A Study of Newman’s Thought

PoliSciPolitics – Medieval and Renaissance

Theocracy & the Separation of Powers: A Catholic Perspective

Quarter IV - Summer/Fall

The fourth quarter of the ICC curriculum year, offered during the summer and early fall months, offers an examination of the issues facing Christians in the modern world, including biblical apologetics, modern philosophical errors, and modern moral problems, equipping attendees with valuable tools necessary to offer a reasoned and convincing defense for the Faith they profess.

HistoryHistory – The Church in the Modern World

History 102: Christ to Today

PhilosophyPhilosophy – Modern Philosophical Issues/Errors

Corrupted Concept: Modern Art & the Philosophy of Man

TheologyTheology – Modern Theological Issues

Liberalism & Irreligion: A Warning from St. John Henry Newman

SacredScriptureSacred Scripture – Biblical Apologetics and Special Topics

Modern Apologetics: Explaining Christ to a Secular World

LiturgicalLiturgical Studies – Modern Liturgical Issues

Music & the Corruption of Catholicism

CatecheticsCatechetics – Spirituality and Prayer

Catholic Yoga? Centering Prayer and Other Eastern Practices

PoliSciPolitics – Modern World

America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding

CultureCultural, Practical, and Special Topics

Pilgrimage to the Holy

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