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Academics

Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts offers a liberal education for greatness.  This may be a public greatness that human history will mark within its records or the quiet, hidden greatness that sustains families, societies, and the world, just beyond the vision of others.   This greatness gives form to a life transformed, one in which students find true freedom, joy, and the wisdom that transcends our age.

Through its deep integration of liberal education and the Catholic faith within a joyful community, Magdalen College offers students the opportunity to pursue wisdom in a spirit of friendship, animated by a communion of faith, bringing the intellect and imagination to their full realization.  Our community is unlike any other.

At Magdalen College we educate our students not only for the lives they will live immediately following graduation, but also for the lives they will live two decades later.  When our graduates step into the leadership of public, private, and ecclesial institutions, or lead quietly in the private spheres of life, they will be taking up the reins that will shape and sustain society and the Church through the next generations.

It is for these high and heroic callings that we educate.  We invite you to explore our website to discover the extraordinary education we offer. 

Program of Studies

Curriculum

Our curriculum gives form to the desire we possess for wisdom, for a heroic calling, and for a coherent, deep, and substantive encounter with reality that transforms as it animates and orients our intellect and imagination.

The Classic Books

The Classic Books

The classic books, also known as great books, form the substance of our course of studies at the college and through them we embark on the great journey of liberal education.

Philosophy & Humanities

Philosophy & Humanities

Through the Philosophy and Humanities sequence, the collegiate community reads together the greatest works of the imagination and the intellect in a spirit animated by joy that flows from the classroom to animate all that we do as a college.

Majors

Majors

As a complement to our generous core of great books, students choose a classic disciplines in the junior and senior year, reading books from within that discipline and developing a vision of reality shaped by it.

Junior Project and Senior Thesis

Junior Project and Senior Thesis

At the beginning of the junior year, when a major discipline has been chosen, each student selects a single author as the subject of an extended exploration of reading and then, as a senior, selects a classic book and related question that become the basis of a senior thesis or portfolio.

Arts of the Beautiful

Music and Art

Through our unique “Arts of the Beautiful” Program, students can integrate the practices of music, visual art—including iconography—and drama with sustained reflections on aesthetics, all while experiencing these arts in the museums and concert halls of New England.

Honors

Honors

In the college’s Honors Program, students and faculty explore—in a seminar setting—classic texts and themes chosen by a senior tutor of the college, while also completing an Honors Thesis during their senior year.

Visiting Lectures

Visiting Lectures and Seminars

As part of its Friday-night lecture series, the college invites scholars, poets, priests, philosophers, artists, musicians, and cultural leaders to join the conversation that animates our collegiate culture, events that combine lively dialogue and good food.

Faculty

Faculty

Our faculty joyfully devote themselves to the pursuit of wisdom through the classic books and the central disciplines, mentoring students who wish to join them in the exploration of the highest and most permanent things. 

Library

Library

The St. Augustine library holdings include 25,000 print volumes, 60 periodical titles, and a variety of digital resources, all managed by a professional librarian with extensive academic experience.

Anthony Esolen Featured in Podcast:
Poetry and the Music of Language

Magdalen Professor Anthony Esolen argues that we need to tune our ears to what he calls “the music of language.” Such music enables poetry to do things that other forms of written communication cannot do. Listen to Dr. Esolen explain what has gone wrong with poetry in the modern age, and hear him discuss some...

Opening Academic Mass and Oath of Fidelity

The annual Academic-Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit will be held on our campus on Tuesday, August 31st, at 11:20 AM. At this special Mass, faculty will take the Oath of Fidelity to the  Magisterium of the Church in the presence of His Excellency, The Most Reverend Peter Libasci, Bishop of the Diocese of Manchester,...

Collegiate Summer Program Session II Concludes on a High Note

Magdalen College recently wrapped up an engaging two weeks of our Collegiate Summer Program: Session II. Arriving on campus just days in the wake of Session I, an energetic group of high schoolers ascended our mountain campus to experience all aspects of Magdalen collegiate life. Between the two sessions, participants hailed from all over the...

National Catholic Register Interviews President Ryan Messmore

National Catholic Register, a leading news source for faithful Catholics, recently interviewed Magdalen College’s new president, Dr. Ryan Messmore. Since Dr. Messmore began his tenure as the college’s fifth president in July, his zeal for Magdalen’s intentional, Christ-centered approach to liberal education has rippled through the community. The full interview explores his background, highlights what...

“Freedom, on a Mountain” – Anthony Esolen Highlights Magdalen College in The Catholic Thing

Anthony Esolen, Professor and Writer-in-residence at Magdalen, recently highlighted the college in The Catholic Thing. He explains how Magdalen provides an education in true freedom that liberates students from the “social manacles” of secular orthodoxy. This approach to education, punctuated by our vantage point atop the slopes of Mount Kearsarge, ripples through every classroom, every liturgy,...

“First Things First,” a Crisis Magazine Article by Anthony Esolen

Dr. Anthony Esolen, Professor and Writer-in-residence at Magdalen College, was recently published in Crisis Magazine. His article, titled “First Things First,” highlights an important feature of Magdalen College. Compared to the “critical” approach found on many college campuses, at Magdalen we are grateful to “heroic modern souls who sought the truth and told of what...