As you will see from our Michaelmas term schedule, the Sapientis Institute is developing and we have quite a few courses running during the term. We still have a few details outstanding but to help you with your planning I wanted to share the details of the schedule for the Michaelmas term.
As mentioned before, term starts on the 26th September. Just in case anyone is confused, we begin our weeks on the Sunday and not on the Monday as is the case in many secular calendars. We don’t have any lectures on a Sunday.
Evening classes begin at the earliest at 7:30pm (EST) and end at the latest at 9:30pm (EST). Details of exact times for the courses will be provided soon.
During this term we will be testing a new concept. We will be offering the Formal Logic course for free. Every year tens of thousands of Catholics enter college or university and lose their faith. One of the key reasons for this is they do not have the intellectual tools to refute the flawed arguments of either atheist or heterodox Catholic lecturers. So the Sapientis Institute has decided to help these students by offering our Formal Logic course for free.
We are making this free offer because we do not want a lack of financial means to be a bar to any student taking the course. The Institute has to thank Prof. Patrick McCloskey for his generosity in donating his time. We have also received funds from a benefactor that will allow us to promote this free course.
The Institute is by no means a wealthy organisation and we have many costs to bear. We would be very grateful to receive any donations to support this important project.
The free-offer is open to all interested in the courses of the Sapientis Institute (not just college students) so please encourage friends and family to join us.
We will be charging a small registration fee of $25(USD) per household.
Full registration details will be up on the website in due course. Formal logic will be on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
We continue to develop our core Thomistic curriculum by adding Philosophical Physics.
Students would normally have to have completed Formal and Material Logic before taking this course. Prof. McCloskey will however be providing an intense pre-course seminar that will cover the essential methodological background from those two courses. This will allow students who haven’t completed Logic (Formal and Material) to still take the course. Students taking this course are advised to include Formal and Material Logic in their study program. Students are advised to register for the free Formal Logic course concurrent with Philosophical Physics.
This preparatory seminar will run in the evenings of the week beginning Sunday, 19th September.
The course itself will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Mr. West will offer the Beginning Latin 1 course on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
We are also planning a Beginning Latin II for those who have completed Beginning Latin I or who have some Latin but would like to improve their Latin. Those who have not completed Beginning Latin 1 will need to complete a written placement evaluation to allow Mr. West to assess if they will benefit from the Beginning Latin II.
Beginning Latin II will be offered on Monday and Saturday evenings.
We are discussing a few courses that we are hoping to offer in addition to our core program.
As mentioned before, full details will be available soon.