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  • Curriculum
    2014-2015
    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 WorldJourney of Faith: A Study of the Life of Abraham
  • The Early ChurchBaptising Clovis: How the Early Christians Converted the World AND Confronting Attila the Hun: the Life of Pope St. Leo the Grea
  • The Medieval & Renaissance WorldThe Great Plague: How Black Death Changed the Face of Christendom
  • The Church in the Modern WorldReagan, Thatcher & the Pope: Fall of the Soviet Union
  • 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 NatureWhy Did I Do that? Forming Vice or Virtue in the Human Heart
  • The Early Christian Philosophy & EthicsThe Crucified Christ: Stumbling Block or Stepstone?
  • Medieval & Scholastics / Metaphysics & EpistemologySt. Albert Magnus: Reclaiming Science for God
  • Modern Philosophical Issues / ErrorsUnlawful Union: How "Gay Marriage" has Conquered America & How We Can Take it Back Again AND Catholic Communism & the Common Goo
  • 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 ThoughtSpirits of Light & Darkness: A Study of Angels & Demons
  • Patristics & Early Councils/ IssuesPeace on Earth & the Sword of Christ: Understanding Authentic Peace with the Church Fathers
  • Medieval & Scholastic TheologyFrom Bread to God: A Catholic Understanding of Transubstantiation
  • Modern Theological IssuesMen Should Be Men: Combating Androgyny with Our True Identity
  • 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 TestamentPillar of Salt: the Destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah
  • GospelsDriving Out Demons: Christ's Ministry on the Sea of Galilee
  • Acts & EpistlesThat Your Joy May be Full: A Study of the Epistles of St. John AND Unworthy of Christ: A Biblical Defense of Catholic Communion
  • Biblical Apologetics & Special TopicsLies & Deceptions: Debunking the Jesus Seminar & Prosperity Gospel
  • 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 DaysJolly St. Nick? Reclaiming Christmas for Christ
  • Early Christian Liturgical Studies & Festal Cycle of Christmas and LentSlaughter of the Innocents, Yesterday & Today
  • Medieval & Renaissance Liturgical Studies; Festal Cycle of Easter and PentecostO Death, Where Is Thy Sting? The Paschal Sermon of St. John Chysostom
  • Modern Liturgical IssuesThe Power of God: Feast of the Holy Cross
  • 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 WorldSing to the Lord a New Song: An Advent Journey Through the Psalms
  • Early Christian WritingsDream of the Rood: A Poetic Vision of the Cross of Christ
  • Catholic Medieval & Renaissance ClassicsPange Lingua: Celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi
  • Modern Christian LiteratureMen Have Forgotten God: Cause of the Collapse of Modern Civilization
  • 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 CreedJews, Muslims & Christians: Praying to the Same God of Abraham? AND I Am Who Am: Father, Son & Holy Spirit
  • The Church & the SacramentsTransforming Creation: The Paschal Mystery & the Sacraments of the Church
  • The Moral LifeFirst Fruits: The Paschal Mystery & Christian Divinization
  • Spirituality & PrayerOur Father: Deliverance from Evil through the Prayer of Christ
  • 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.

  • TBARejoice in the Lord! Gaudete Sunday Dinner & Vespers with the ICC
  • TBACarrying Our Cross: An ICC Lenten Retreat
  • TBACosmology, Astrology & Catholicism
  • TBADiscovering God's Fingerprint: A ICC Outing to Luray Caverns