About CCU

The Pedagogy


Corpus Christi University
's program of Catholic liberal education is unique in Catholic education today. With the psychological processes of learning in mind, the curriculum, the faculty and the various pedagogical mechanisms at CCU provide the necessary "solicitaion, suggestion and direction" that foster "self-activity" and discovery on the student's part.

The Curriculum

The curriculum at Corpus Christi has been developed by some the greatest of educators . The prescribed, four-year interdisciplinary course of studies is based on the works of the greatest authors, philosophers, theologians,scientists, mathematicians and educators of Western civilization. In every course, the primary teachers are the authors of these great works,from Aristotle and Euclid, Chaucer and Shakespeare to St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, St. Francis de Sales, Venerable Louis of Grenada, St. John of the Cross, Bishop Messmer, Dom Gueranger, Mgr. Ward, Fr. Nicholas Gihr, Fr. Hill, Fr. Adrian Fortescue, Fr. O'Connell, Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange, Fr.  Deharbes, Fr. Clarke, Fr. Coppens, Fr. John Rickaby, Fr. Joseph Rickaby, Fr. Hunter, Fr. Smith, Fr. Swickerrath, Fr. Scaramelli, Fr. Farrell, Fr. Slater, Fr. Breen, Fr. Schulze, Fr. Devivier, Conde Pallen, Thomas Shields, William Turner.

A Comprehensive Whole

There are no majors, no minors, no electives, no specializations at the undergraduate level . The arts and sciences which comprise the curriculum are organized into a comprehensive whole. The University aims at providing its students with a thorough grounding in the arts of thinking and a broad and integrated vision of the whole of life and learning. When a student walks away from CCU he is an apologist, a philosopher, a historian, a theologian.

What about the "Great Books"?

Some ask if we offer a "Great Books" program. Indeed we do, and so much more. It is a principal in the Catholic intellectual tradition and St. Thomas insists in his De Magistro that " the teacher who has the knowledge as a whole explicitly can lead to knowedge more quickly and easily than anyone can be led by himself".  At CCU the student reads and studies the truly "Great Books", under the direction of the great 19th and early 20th century professors of Louvain's Higher Institute of Philosophy and Stonyhurst College.   These masters, along with their neo-scholastic contemporaries from Europe and America, lead the students in the work of reading, analyzing, and evaluating the great works in a neo-scholastic frame of mind.