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  • Curriculum
    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
    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 WorldPharisees, Sadducees & Essenes: Preparing for the Messiah
  • The Early ChurchWhile Rome Was Burning: The Corruption of Nero & the Persecution of Christians
  • The Medieval & Renaissance WorldControlling the Kingdom: The Battle of Hastings & the Future of England
  • The Church in the Modern WorldCourage & Cowardice: The Rise & Fall of Catholicism in U.S. Political Life
  • 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 Republic & the Discovery of Virtue
  • The Early Christian Philosophy & EthicsSpeaking Truth to Power: The Thought of St. Justin Martyr
  • Medieval & Scholastics / Metaphysics & EpistemologyLift Up Your Eyes: Understanding the Transcendentals
  • Modern Philosophical Issues / ErrorsLeisure: The Basis of Culture
  • 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 ThoughtThe World Did Not Know Him: The Incarnation and the Spiritual War of Our Time
  • Patristics & Early Councils/ IssuesSacrificed to God: The Mystery of Holy Easter
  • Medieval & Scholastic TheologyRiding of the Clouds of Heaven: A Study of the Second Coming
  • Modern Theological IssuesFalse Dichotomy: Religious Belief & Public Morality
  • 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 TestamentGenesis: A Study of the Creation Narrative
  • GospelsThe Gospel of Jesus Christ According to St. Mark the Evangelist
  • Acts & EpistlesA Great Cloud of Witnesses: A Study of the Epistle to the Hebrews
  • Biblical Apologetics & Special TopicsChristian Kenosis: Yoga, Zen & Transcendental Meditation
  • 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 DaysSpiritual Bondage: The Cult of Death & the Call to Holiness
  • Early Christian Liturgical Studies & Festal Cycle of Christmas and LentOffered to God: A Study of the Feast of the Presentation
  • Medieval & Renaissance Liturgical Studies; Festal Cycle of Easter and PentecostMy Lord and My God: Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ
  • Modern Liturgical IssuesConverting the Heathen: St. Junipero Serra, a Model of Evangelization
  • 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 CreedDarwin's Black Box and the Case for Creation
  • The Church & the SacramentsBorn of Water and the Spirit: Understanding the Sacraments of Christian Initiation
  • The Moral LifeLife Everlasting, Amen: Eternal Life with the Angelic Doctor
  • Spirituality & PrayerThe Battle of Prayer: Struggle of the Spiritual Life
  • Politics

    Political science is an important part of a Catholic liberal arts curriculum. As such, every fourth year, and concurrent with the U.S. presidential election cycle, the Institute of Catholic Culture includes political studies as part of its curriculum, offering timely topics which assist Catholics in discerning their important role in Catholic political life.

  • FundamentalsFreedom and Independence: Understanding the Authentic Notion of Christian Liberty
  • Early Christian Political StudiesPinches of Incense: We Cannot Render Unto Caesar What Belongs to God
  • Medieval and Renaissance Political StudiesPrinciples of Liberty: A Study of the Magna Carta
  • Modern Political StudiesCivil Disobedience: Catholic Principles of Political Participation
  • 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.

  • First Quarter Cultural PracticumRoot of Jesse: A Study of the "O Antiphons" (with Compline)
  • Second Quarter Cultural PracticumAshes to Ashes: A Lenten Retreat
  • Quarter Cultural PracticumTongues of Fire: The Feast of Pentecost in Sacred Scripture
  • First Quarter Cultural PracticumPilgrimage to the California Missions