The 81 seniors in the Class of 2014 will go on to a wide variety of pursuits - some to graduate schools for advanced degrees in philosophy, theology, and mathematics, others to law and medical schools, business, military service, public policy, journalism, elementary and high school teaching, and the priesthood and the religious life.
Graduates of Thomas Aquinas College are noted by employers as well as professional and graduate school professors for the strong intellectual and interpersonal skills they attain through the college’s unique great books program. Says Dean Brian Kelly, “Our focus on the original texts of the greatest thinkers - authors like Euclid, Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas - really hones the mind and accustoms it to think in terms of principles; and our small, discussion-based classes ensure that students are actively engaged in their own education, working together with their peers in a constructive and respectful way. As a result, not only do they make a good beginning in a life-long pursuit of wisdom, they also acquire remarkably strong analytic skills and a distinctive ability to collaborate with colleagues.”
About Thomas Aquinas College
Thomas Aquinas College has developed a solid reputation for academic excellence in the United States and abroad. At Thomas Aquinas College, there are no majors, no minors, or electives because all students acquire a broad and fully integrated liberal education. The College offers one 4-year, classical curriculum that spans the major arts and sciences.
Instead of reading textbooks, students read the original works of the greatest thinkers in Western civilization - the Great Books - in all the major disciplines: mathematics, natural science, literature, philosophy, and theology. Rather than listening to lectures, they engage in rigorous Socratic discussions about these works in classes of 15-18 students. The academic life of the college is conducted under the light of the Catholic faith and flourishes within a close-knit community, supported by a vibrant spiritual life. Genuinely committed to upholding civic virtue and leading lives dedicated to the good of others, Thomas Aquinas College graduates enter a wide array of fields where they are a powerful force for good in the Church and in the culture. Well-versed in rational discourse, they become leaders in education, law, medicine, journalism, public policy, military service, and business. In addition, a steady 10% of alumni go onto the priesthood or religious life.