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Great Books

St. Thomas University

48 months
16389 CAD/year
7292 CAD/year
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We offer students the opportunity to study the classic texts, or great books, of the Western world. Great Books at Saint Thomas University that we normally read include Homer’s Odyssey, Plato’s Republic, Dante’s Divine Comedy and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.


We believe that these books are important because they shed light on who, we, as individuals in Western society, are, but, more importantly, provide us with a lens through which to think about questions that continue to be of perennial importance to living a happy life. For example, in one of our classes, Love and Friendship, we read books that offer differing perspectives on the nature of love. In the end, we don’t prescribe to any single answer, but intend, instead, to give you the tools by which you might determine for yourself the nature of the theme in question.

Students who are interested in Great Books at Saint Thomas University often take the first-year Aquinas: Great Books Program, as itoperates on similar principles. Our classes are team-taught by at least two different professors and sufficiently small (36 students maximum) to allow for discussion.

Learing outcomes

Great Books classes require a great deal of reading, writing, and critical thinking. With two professors dedicated to each class, you receive a lot of one-on-one attention to help sharpen your reading and writing skills. Our classes are discussion based, not lectures. We want you to think about the questions posed by the texts and determine for yourself what an appropriate answer might be. Your capacities to think through arguments and to speak cogently and persuasively are developed by means of the discussion-based format.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Great Ideas
  • The Quest for the Good Life
  • Human Nature and Technology
  • War and Peace
  • Love and Friendship
  • Nations and Borders
  • Justice
  • Philosophy and Art
  • Freedom (POLS)
  • Faith and Reason
  • Shakespeare and Politics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have your official transcript sent from your high school to the Admissions Office at  
  • In addition to a high school transcript, international applicants whose primary language is not English must also arrange to have an official copy of their English proficiency scores sent directly to the Admissions Office. The St. Thomas University ETS institution code is 0803. International applicants who indicate that they are Permanent Residents must provide a photocopy of their official Permanent Resident cards.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16389 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 16389 CAD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    7292 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7292 CAD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Fredericton

1100 - 2100 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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