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  • Curriculum
    2013-2014
    A Model that Works!

    The Institute of Catholic Culture’s curriculum is structured upon the classical liberal arts and divided into four quarters, corresponding to the Church’s major liturgical cycle (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Paschal Season), the calendar year (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer), and a fourfold division of of the history of the world (Pre-Christian, Early Christian, Medieval and Renaissance, and Modern).  Within each educational quarter of the ICC’s curriculum year, the major disciplines of a Catholic liberal arts education are studied (i.e., history, philosophy, theology, literature, etc.) by focusing upon specific topics, ideas, and events that are important to the time period (Pre-Christian, Early Christian, etc.) and helped to shape the story of salvation history.  Much more than a series of speakers, the Institute offers an organic education in the Catholic Faith, introducing attendees to the glorious story of God’s work among men. 

    Please spend a few minutes studying the Institutes curriculum below.  As you move your mouse over the “standard curriculum structure,” small pop-up boxes will appear with our “applied curriculum topics” that we study in the current academic year.

    After each live ICC lecture, the educational program is posted in our library in video and audio format available for free download.  Please make use of this important resource of over 300 hours of orthodox Catholic education.

  • Quarter I
    Fall/Winter
    The first quarter of the ICC curriculum year,

    beginning just before the Advent season and concluding with the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord, focuses on the ancient and biblical world, the fundamentals of human nature, and Old Testament revelation, preparing attendees for the advent of the Christ and the beginning of the Christian era.

  • Quarter II
    Winter / Spring
    The second quarter of the ICC curriculum year,

    beginning with Christmas and concluding with Easter, focuses on the revelation of Jesus Christ, the history of the apostolic and patristic age, the fundamentals of Christian morality, the Church, and the Sacramental system.

  • Quarter III
    Spring / Summer
    The third quarter of the ICC curriculum year,

    beginning with the celebration of the Resurrection through the season of Pentecost, introduces attendees to the book of Acts and the Epistles, the Medieval and Renaissance world, the scholastic philosophical tradition, and the Church’s spiritual patrimony.

  • Quarter IV
    Summer / Fall
    The forth quarter of the ICC curriculum year,

    offered during the summer and early fall months, offers an examination of the issues facing Christians in the modern world, including biblical apologetics, modern philosophical errors, and modern moral problems, equipping attendees with valuable tools necessary to offer a reasoned and convincing defense for the Faith they profess.

  • History

    Each year the ICC curriculum covers specific topics that range from the ancient to the modern world, ensuring that attendees are well formed in complete story of God’s work among men.

  • The Ancient & Biblical WorldThe Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization & Crossroads of War
  • The Early ChurchConverting the World: The Lives of the Apostles After the Resurrection
  • The Medieval & Renaissance WorldFall of Constantinople & the Rise of the Ottoman Turks
  • The Church in the Modern WorldThe Armenian Death March & the Formation of the Modern Middle East
  • Philosophy

    Philosophy is the handmaid of theology. Throughout the ICC curriculum year attendees advance from the pre-Christian world, learning from the wisdom of the ancients such as Aristotle and Plato, through the early Christian, medieval, and renaissance traditions, considering the great thinkers of the Catholics Church, to the modern world, where they are well prepared to confront the post-Christian errors of modernity.

  • Pre-Christian Philosophy & Human NaturePlato’s Apology: In Defense of Virtue in the Face of Death
  • The Early Christian Philosophy & EthicsConverting the Pagans: The Baptism of Greek Philosophy
  • Medieval & Scholastics / Metaphysics & EpistemologyOckham & Luther: Roots of the Protestant Heresy
  • Modern Philosophical Issues / ErrorsGalileo on Trial: Why the Church was Right
  • Theology

    Each year the ICC curriculum advances from the ancient Jewish theological tradition through the early Christian, medieval,and Renaissance and modern Catholic theological schools exposing attendees to the fullness of Divine revelation as it is understood and explored in within the orthodox Catholic tradition.

  • Jewish & Pagan ThoughtSuffering with God: Job & the Attacks of the Evil One
  • Patristics & Early Councils/ IssuesSaving the World: The Early Councils of the Church
  • Medieval & Scholastic TheologyPiercing the Darkness: An Introduction to Aquinas’ Summa Theologica
  • Modern Theological IssuesKingdom of the Cults: Scientology, Baha’I, & the Masonic Lodge
  • Sacred Scripture

    Throughout the ICC’s curriculum year we focus our attention on the Sacred Word and study topics ranging from the Book of Genesis to the Apocalypse of Saint John, ensuring that attendees know well the great story of salvation history and the holy men and women, kings and prophets, saints and sinners, who are drawn together in the wonderful story of God’s revelation.

  • Old TestamentWeeping Over Jerusalem: The Lamentations of Jeremiah
  • GospelsChrist in the Cosmos: St. John’s Book of Glory
  • Acts & EpistlesThe Armor of God: St. Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians
  • Biblical Apologetics & Special TopicsPractical Apologetics: Learning to Defend Your Faith
  • Liturgical Studies

    The worship of God is the most important act of the human person and therefore forms an important part of the ICC annual curriculum. Each year attendees study topics which range from the ancient sacred rites of the Jewish people through the development of the Catholic liturgical tradition to the issues which occupy modern discussions about the nature of true Christian worship.

  • Jewish Liturgical Studies & Advent Festal DaysMary: The New Eve – Untying the Knot of Sin
  • Early Christian Liturgical Studies & Festal Cycle of Christmas and LentTheophany: A Biblical Study on the Baptism of the Lord
  • Medieval & Renaissance Liturgical Studies; Festal Cycle of Easter and PentecostThe Passion of the Christ: A Biblical Tour of Jerusalem’s Way of the Cross
  • Modern Liturgical IssuesBorn Without Sin: A Study of the Immaculate Conception
  • Literature

    The great literary patrimony of humanity is an inexhaustible treasure chest of wisdom. Each year throughout the ICC curriculum year, ICC attendees study the great literary masterpieces that have traditionally formed an important part of a liberal arts education.

  • Religious Literature of the Ancient WorldGod in the Cave: Chesterton’s Vision of the Cosmic Caveman
  • Early Christian WritingsApproaching Judgment: The Letter of Barnabus & the Way of Wickedness
  • Catholic Medieval & Renaissance ClassicsSearching for Salvation: The Quest for the Holy Grail
  • Modern Christian LiteratureWritten on Our Hearts: How Great Catholic Literature Can Impact Our Culture Today
  • Catechetics

    Each year the ICC curriculum includes topics applicable to the four parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

  • Introduction to the Catechism & the CreedWho Do You Say That I Am: Confronting Secularism with the Good News of Christ
  • The Church & the SacramentsOrientale Lumen: An Introduction to the Christian East
  • Spirituality & PrayerDies Domini: Learning to Live the Lord’s Day Today
  • The Moral LifeAttacking Virtue: Modern Immorality and the Teachings of the Church
  • Cultural Practica & Special Topics

    At the ICC we know how important it is that a learned faith become a living faith. Therefore, an important part of the ICC’s annual curriculum is our cultural practica in which attendees are offered an opportunity to experience the Catholic faith as a vibrant and life changing reality. Whether it be our annual gathering at Holy Transfiguration’s Middle Eastern Food Festival, Solemn Laetare Sunday Vespers, or pilgrimages to thesacred sites of Christendom, each cultural opportunity is an integral part of the ICC’s mission and vision.

  • TBALamentations of Jeremiah Musical Concert
  • TBALaetare Sunday Solemn Benedictine Vespers
  • TBASaint Anthony Festival—Baltimore, MD
  • TBATrue Friendship: Presence in an Age of Absence @ 3 Fox Vineyards San Gennaro Festival