For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives. Marcus Tullius Cicero
The Core Texts Program is a two-semester course taken during your first year at Samford.
In these courses, you read and study classic texts of major cultural significance. You engage in discussions about the human condition, the meaning of justice and our place in the cosmos. The goal of this curriculum is not to teach you what to think but how to think critically about the fundamental questions of the Christian faith and its significance to our world.
Four words summarize our philosophy in the Core Texts Program: Quaestio, Disputatio, Fides and Ratio.
We teach you how to ask questions.
We believe dialogue and discussion foster intellectual engagement.
We believe in the Christian faith to understand our nature, hope and purpose.
We work to develop students’ capacity to reason well and think critically.
Inquiry, discussion, faith and reason reveal what makes us human. From its earliest inception, higher education pursued questions and answers that transmitted values from generation to generation. Many contemporary college and university curriculums neglect this pursuit. Samford's Core Texts Program equips our students with an intellectual narrative that will help them navigate the modern world's complicated marketplace of ideas. Additionally, we connect that rich narrative to the Christian intellectual tradition so that students are better able to see faith and reason as interconnected parts of the human experience.
The Core Texts Program offers enriching learning opportunities that encourage your intellectual development in your first year of college.
Our faculty nominates top students from their classes to participate in the London Core Texts Program held every July. This unique two-week experience allows talented and ambitious students an opportunity to study important authors and see famous sites from English history and literature while staying at Samford’s London residence, The Daniel House.
Samford's Howard College of Arts and Sciences Department of Classics and Philosophy lead a spectacular three-week educational experience in Greece and Italy where students can experience the cultures that gave us the foundational literature of Western civilization.
During the fall semester, you are introduced to great thinkers from the Greeks, the Romans, Early Christianity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Central texts include:
Spring semester takes you through the Protestant Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment and the ideological foment of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Central texts include:
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