Summer Classics is recommended by Arthur Frommer
as “among the finest summer vacations that you might ever enjoy."
For more than 20 years, Summer Classics at St. John’s College has hosted participants from around the world for week-long seminars in the best literature, science, history, philosophy, and opera that the East and West have to offer. Summer Classics is an opportunity to experience lively, in-depth, and highly participatory discussions modeled after those of the St. John’s Great Books program.
Held on campus in both Santa Fe and Annapolis, Summer Classics is an unrivalled intellectual experience. Seminar discussions begin with an opening question presented by a faculty member. Participants around the seminar table, each with varying life experiences and perspectives, contribute to the discussion by presenting ideas and interpretations. The act of listening is just as important as speaking and making connections among ideas.
No previous knowledge of the author, text, or subject is required. In fact, participants should refer only to works the group studies together.
The week-long seminars are limited to groups of 18 participants, each led by two members of the St. John’s College faculty, who act as guides, rather than experts. Tuition covers one seminar (either one morning or one afternoon topic) in a given week. Participants may register for both a morning seminar and an afternoon seminar; in Santa Fe, they are welcome to register for more than one week of seminars.
Summer Classics is an adult education program. Persons under the age of 18 may participate, but a parent or guardian must accompany minors in both the classroom and associated program activities. For persons under the age of 18 who would like to participate in a St. John’s seminar, we invite you to explore our Summer Academy.
When not reading or in class, participants will have time to explore the vibrancy of historic Santa Fe or Annapolis.