What is special about your curriculum?
Our integrated Humanities Sequence runs through all four years of the student’s academic career at Thomas More College. Our curriculum introduces students to the greatest books and minds spanning Western civilization, while our experienced and dedicated teachers place the Great Books in their historical and cultural context in their lectures and in class discussions. Unique to Thomas More College is our junior and senior tutorials, which enable you to work with our seasoned faculty to personally tailor a course of study in a particular discipline of your choice. These tutorials provide careful training in thinking, writing, and speaking, so that you can further hone the abilities you have gained from our common curriculum.
What is your financial aid like?
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, we are able to offer generous aid to needy students, as well as merit scholarships to those with special promise. Most students receive some form of aid, including work study jobs. See our Office of Financial Aid for more information.
Are you faithful to Church teachings?
Yes. We require our theology teachers to obtain the Mandatum from our local bishop, as requested by the Vatican (in Ex Corde Ecclesiae), certifying their doctrinal fidelity. All subjects are viewed through a holistic, Catholic humanist lens, which looks for the image of God in every person, and glimmers of Truth in all human striving. Our faculty take the Oath of Fidelity and Profession of Faith each year.
What if I am not Catholic?
While 90% of our student body is Catholic, our campus and curriculum is open to non-Catholics. We believe that the education offered here is valuable and accessible to all students regardless of creed.
How are you different from other Great Books schools?
We combine the advantages of a Great Books curriculum with the expertise and insights of seasoned academics, who use their lectures to explore aspects of the works which might never arise in a merely Socratic discussion among unformed students. The discussions which emerge from these lectures are richer and more enlightening as a result. On the deepest level, our faculty bring Catholic convictions to their study of great works. They believe firmly that enduring truths can be found in the literature of our civilization. And unlike most Great Books schools, we enable you to work with our faculty to personally tailor a course of study in a particular discipline of your choice during your junior and senior years.
If I go to a small college, will I make any friends?
Of course. At larger colleges with enrollment of thousands or tens of thousands, students often find themselves within their own circle of friends or small departments–or lost completely. At Thomas More College, our community is highly integrated so that Freshmen through Seniors easily form friendships across lines of discipline and grade level. We feel that friendships formed upon common interests is more natural and satisfying.
I want to go to law school after college. Shouldn’t I go to a pre-law program?
Most attorneys obtain liberal arts degrees before entering law school—and they value the training in abstract reasoning and clear expression which they gain as part of that education. Philosophy, logic, and political science classes, such as we offer, will lay the groundwork for further studies in the law.
What if I want to go to “med” school?
A surprising number of medical schools are seeking students with liberal arts degrees, according to Newsweek. These students bring different skills, a stronger habit of abstract reasoning, and experience in weighing the ever-increasing ethical implications of our proliferating power to manipulate human biology. While we do provide challenging science classes, we do not offer a science or math major.
In fact, the Association of American Medical Colleges writes, “As you select a college remember that just as in high school, a good liberal arts education is a key ingredient to becoming a physician. You’ll need a strong foundation in mathematics and the sciences that relate most to medicine: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. But it’s important for your college experience to be broad. Taking courses in the humanities or liberal arts will help you prepare for the ‘people’ side of medicine.”
I think I might have a religious or priestly vocation. Won’t this put me into debt that will slow me down?
Thomas More College serves the Church by offering special programs for students who pursue these vocations—essentially writing off their debt as they advance towards profession/ordination.