Classical Christian Studies

Low-Residency Graduate Program Designed with Teachers in Mind

Designed to accommodate busy professionals, students in the Classical Christian Studies program learn the essentials of the Western Tradition. Graduates leave ready to teach the next generation, and ready to dialogue about the legacy of the West—its languages, thinkers, great works, and historical contexts.

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Graduate Level Course: History of Classical and Christian Education

If you are committed to classical and Christian education, then you identify with a glorious tradition. This tradition traces its beginnings back to classical antiquity and flourished with the rise of Christianity in the west. Have you studied the landmark writings that shaped this tradition?

These writings are challenging, as all great texts are. Now you have the opportunity to study these works together with other likeminded educators, and under the guidance of one of our movement’s leading scholars. This is a rigorous graduate-level course, offered for credit, and open to qualified individuals who desire to explore the educational roots of the Christian west.

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Western Culture

Courses in Western culture provide scholarly introductions to primary texts that exemplify one of the following eras of Western civilization: ancient Greece, ancient Rome, medieval Europe, or early modern Europe. Each course will concentrate on a particular theme, author, discipline, or field of inquiry (e.g., history, theology, philosophy, mathematics, science, music, literature). Courses in Western culture require students to read and interrogate the primary texts; identify their authors’ contexts, concerns, and insights; and form their own assessment of the authors’ achievements. These courses position the primary texts within the Western intellectual tradition, compare them to other literatures, and relate them to our contemporary world. The courses deepen a student’s understanding of the primary texts in one of two ways: by either proposing how to teach these texts to others; or by conversing meaningfully with leading scholars or schools of thought and their interpretive approaches to these texts, and also by expressing their own voice in this conversation. Students in these courses will be required to communicate their engagement with the primary texts in writing. Courses in Western culture offered during summer residency will also require students to assert their presence as scholars through spoken interaction in a seminar.

Specific texts and topics are unique to each course. Courses are scheduled on a cycle that moves chronologically through four eras of Western civilization: ancient Greece, ancient Rome, medieval Europe, and early modern Europe. Our schedule allots two consecutive terms to each era; thus, an entire cycle spans eight terms in all.


Courses in language offer an intensive introduction to a classical language. These courses provide a foundation for continuing study in the language and the basic tools for applying the language to teaching or scholarship.

Integrative Essay

Integrative Essay is the capstone assignment of the M.St. degree. Students work under the supervision of a faculty mentor to compose a 25-35 page essay that examines texts, issues, and/or events they have studied in the CCS program, integrating them around a select theme or thesis. Students defend their integrative essay before a panel of faculty.

Integrative Essay Requirements

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Courses Descriptions and Schedule

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Degree Requirements

Requirements for the Master of Studies (M.St.) Degree

Candidates for the M.St. degree must pass a total of 32 credits with a minimum grade of MCH (B-), including each of the following curricular requirements:

  1. a minimum of 5 residence credits
  2. a minimum of 2 credits in Language
  3. one integrative essay (2 credits)

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate must pass a total of 16 credits with a minimum grade of MCH (B-).

Mission Statement

The mission of New Saint Andrews College’s CCS program is to provide the highest quality graduate education attainable through low-residence instruction. Our program is comprised of a faculty of scholars, committed to instructional excellence and a distinctively Christian and Reformed perspective, who deliver this education to men and women who are taking up the mantle of cultural leadership. We prepare our students to draw upon the Western liberal arts tradition as they shape culture in the twenty-first century.

NSA Statement on Online Education

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