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St. John's College (Annapolis), Annapolis

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St. John's College is a private liberal arts college known for its distinctive curriculum centered on reading and discussing the Great Books of Western Civilization. It has two U.S. campuses: one in Annapolis, Maryland, and one in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The College traces its origins to King William's School, a preparatory school founded in 1696. It received a collegiate charter in 1784, making it one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States. In 1937, it adopted a Great Books curriculum known as the New Program, based on discussion of works from the Western canon of philosophical, religious, historical, mathematical, scientific, and literary works; it is probably for this program that the school is best known.The school grants only one bachelor's degree, in Liberal Arts. Two master's degrees are currently available through the college's Graduate Institute—one in Liberal Arts, which is a modified version of the undergraduate curriculum (differing mostly in that the graduate students are not restricted to a set sequence of courses), and one in Eastern Classics, which applies most of the features of the undergraduate curriculum (seminars, preceptorials, language study and a set sequence of courses) to a list of classic works from India, China and Japan. The Master of Arts in Eastern Classics is only available at the Santa Fe campus. Despite its name and the inclusion of selections from the Bible, as well as from some major Christian theologians and philosophers in the program, the College has no religious affiliation.
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  • St. Johns is a liberal arts school in historic annapolis. The school has been around since the last 1600s, so there are many historical points on the campus. This is really a lovely place to stroll, b...  more »
  • St. John's was founded as a college in 1784 and had been used as a prep school for the previous 90 years. So, a lot of history to see. St. John's has one of the most unique curricula in the US - in-de...  more »
  • Walking distance to downtown, St. John's allows visitors access to many buildings, so take special advantage of the art displays. The campus is more like a nice open easy-walking city park. This colle...  more »
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  • Greatest school on earth! Hobbes and Aristotle will teach you to shake off pusillanimity and small-souledness forever. Stop paying for a shrink and use the money for Graduate Institute tuition instead!
  • Great town, great books, and great opportunities. GI 2013
  • It's where the dream begins, where you can sink into, where you no more bothered by superficial thoughts
  • Changed my life.
  • St John's provided an amazing education as well as the best memories of my life. But don't expect to get a good job upon graduating without another degree!