The Great Ideas Program uses core texts as a means of exploring some of life's most persistent questions.

The Great Ideas Program

The Great Ideas Program is an Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts program, unique to Saint Thomas University, in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Its aim is to investigate some of the most persistent questions which have been addressed by thinkers throughout the ages. This investigation is conducted primarily through the use of the "Great Books" of literary and intellectual history: from Plato's Republic to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; from Shakespeare's The Tempest to Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason--- students in the program run the gamut of the history of thought and are encouraged in an open-discussion atmosphere, to take the ideas covered and make them their own.

The instructors do not see the program as a way of providing definite answers, but as a collaborative learning journey in which students play as large a role as their more experienced colleagues. Great Ideas aims to provide students with both an academic home-base and a community of like-minded individuals concerned with life's big questions. It is a journey not for the weak of heart: but one which may be one of the most rewarding in a student's academic career.

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Group discussion and collaborative learning are essential to the program's aims.