Academic Program

Rosary College Model

Rosary College is breaking barriers in the higher education space, by offering a model of rigorous, affordable, premier classical education rooted in the Catholic tradition – integrating Catholic teachings and values – taught by Catholic scholars, and is lay-led and lay-funded.

Rosary College is a two-year liberal arts college in the Catholic tradition offering an Associate of Catholic Studies (ACS) in Integrated Humanities. Rosary College students are ordered toward readiness to serve within the Church and society.

Our students, faculty, staff, and volunteers find inspiration in the Benedictine tradition of integrating prayer and work and expressing beauty for the glory of God. Our curriculum immerses students in the legacy of the life and culture of the Catholic tradition, guiding students in learning how to think and dialogue critically and how to lead within their communities.

 

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Online Courses, and In-Person Campus Space

Rosary College offers all courses online! Our online offerings are a convenient opportunity for homeschool families seeking dual enrollment credit for 11th and 12th graders taking Rosary College classes to also count as high school credit.

Rosary College in-person courses will be held in downtown Greenville, South Carolina, at the new Christ on Main located at 14 S. Main Street, Greenville SC, 29601. To learn more about Christ on Main’s space, visit: https://catholic.center.

Rosary College is able to offer affordable high-quality education because we do not operate a residential campus and will operate in rented classroom space for its first years of operation.

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ROSARY COLLEGE MISSION

Mission Statement

Rosary College will direct students in the pursuit of truth grounded in the classical virtues. The college program and ethos empower students to use prayer and work in their quest to discover the truth and beauty of God. Moreover, it promotes an authentic, rigorous, and affordable education in the Catholic tradition that prepares students for service within the home, the Church and the wider community.

Vision for Intellectual and Spiritual Formation

Rosary College builds upon a strong movement of renewal in Catholic liberal education throughout the United States. This has been spearheaded by faithful Catholic colleges, along with an explosion of new and renewed Catholic high schools and parochial schools throughout the country returning to a classical model. While building upon this general movement and demand, Rosary College will also offer its own distinct approach to teaching the liberal arts and forming students.

a. Inspiration and Wonder

By focusing on the Integrated Humanities students will enter into an interdisciplinary search for wisdom. Being inspired by the greatest texts and led to wonder through the encounter with truth, beauty, and goodness, students will learn how to think and what is worthy of love. This approach to the humanities will lay the foundation for the entire curriculum and for a life centered on the ongoing pursuit of wisdom with a focus on leadership and service.

b. Catholic Faith and Culture

Rosary College will remain rooted in faithfulness to the Catholic Church in a way that inspires students to live a life of communion with God and others. Students will experience the great tradition of Christian culture, understood as the growth and cultivation of Creation in accord with the Creator, while growing in faith and the Christian life. This includes entering into the sources of Christian culture in the classical world, soaking in its great achievements in medieval Christendom, and seeking to bring this legacy into the challenges and opportunities of the modern world.

c. Benedictine Inspiration

Building upon its foundation in Catholic faith and culture, Rosary College will draw particular inspiration from the Benedictine tradition. This will provide a spiritual vision rooted in the liturgy, community, the prayerful study of Scripture, and work. Drawing both ora et labora, students will be prepared to apply the fruits of their study to their vocation and work.

d. Local Community

Rosary College arose to serve the needs of the Upstate community in South Carolina. While serving students throughout the Upstate region, Rosary College remains closely connected to the local Church and will aim to build stronger connections between Catholics in this community. The college will seek to serve the intellectual and cultural needs of the local Catholic community, as well as enhance the Catholic community nationally and globally with online courses.

e. Prepared to Serve

Rosary College students will be better prepared to serve, whether that entails continuing study, the pursuit of a religious vocation or marriage, or entering into a career. Its courses seek to enrich its students, no matter their future path, by providing them the intellectual and spiritual formation they need for continued growth in the Christian life and future leadership.

 

Types of Students

Rosary College students are homeschool students, high school graduates, young adults, career changers, and adult learners, including religious, seeking foundational classical education courses rooted in the Catholic liberal arts tradition.

By being fully online, our education is accessible for students who are remote and can earn credits by excellent Catholic professors. The Catholic high school homeschool market has seen remarkable growth over the last several years, and Rosary College is answering the call. Our faculty has the notoriety to serve a national and global student body.

Pathways

Rosary College Archangels can continue on to a 4-year degree by transferring up to 60 credits towards a BA at one of our partner institutions*: 

  • Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, FL
  • Thomas More College in Merrimack, NH

*students must first apply to partner institutions, acceptance is not guaranteed 

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, July 31st – Application deadline; for an extension, email admissions@rosary.college 
  • Thursday, August 1st – Enrollment opens 
  • Monday, August 12th – 1st Day of Classes 

 

What to expect as a Rosary College Archangel:

  • Courses will likely take place in the evenings
  • Courses will be three hours of content and contact hours per week, at a minimum
  • Some faculty may opt for a hybrid model for online courses to include some synchronous and asynchronous

Degree Program

Rosary College offers an Associate Degree in Integrated Humanities, which is earned through 60 credit hours according to its curriculum plan

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Curriculum Plan Overview

Academic Program

Semester 1

HUM 101: Classical Epic and Tragedy

COM 101: Elements of Writing

MATH 101: Euclidean Geometry

THEO 101: Sacred Scripture

ART 101: Sacred Art

Semester 2

HUM 201: Medieval Literature and Culture

COM 201: Rhetoric and Speech

SCI 101: The Foundations of Science

THEO 201: Catholic Doctrine

MUS 101: Sacred Music

Semester 3

HUM 301: Early Modern Literature and Culture

SCI 201: Natural Science

LAT 101: Latin I

PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy and Logic

BUS 101: Introduction to Business

Semester 4

HUM 401: Modern Literature and Culture

MATH 201: Math Theory

PHIL 201: Ethics

LAT 201: Latin II

LEAD 201: Servant Leadership

Course Descriptions

ART 101: Sacred Art

The Catholic imagination stems from the reality of the Incarnation of the Son of God. This imagination will be explored through an overview of the development of Christian visual art and architecture from a historical perspective.

BUS 101: Introduction to Business

Following a Benedictine approach to education, this course explores the intersection of the liberal arts and work. Catholics approach business through an understanding of the purpose of work and society, exploring the role of service and leadership through the gift of work.

COM 101: Elements of Writing

Communication flows from the Word of God, who spoke forth creation and revealed himself in the words of Scripture. Students will learn the art of communication through the logical organization of thought and the elegant expression of words.

COM 201: Rhetoric and Speech

Speech forms the foundation of the communication of ideas, stemming from human rationality and interpersonal communion. This course examines the nature of clear, truthful, and persuasive speech needed for learning, teaching, work, and evangelization.

HUM 101: Classical Epic and Tragedy

The first of four consecutive courses covering the historical breadth of literature and culture, Classical Epic and Tragedy lays the foundation of the liberal arts by examining the great poetry and drama at the foundation of human storytelling and Western Civilization.

HUM 201: Medieval Literature and Culture

Building upon the foundation of Greek and Roman culture, but with an imagination baptized by the presence of Christ, this course covers the great Christian literature of the Middle Ages.

HUM 301: Early Modern Literature and Culture

Inheriting the cultural contributions of the Middle Ages, rooted in notions of pilgrimage, chivalry, and the love of God, this course will focus on the period from the late Renaissance to the Enlightenment and the advent of Romanticism (1500-1800).

HUM 401: Modern Literature and Culture

The final of the four courses on Literature and Culture focuses on the great literature that influenced the culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

LAT 101: Latin I

This course presents a foundation for the nature of language and grammar through Latin, the sacred language of the Catholic Church. It will draw out both the logical rigor and the joy of this ancient language.

LAT 201: Latin II

Building upon the first introductory Latin course, Latin II will build a more complex understanding of Latin grammar and the translation of basic readings in the classical and ecclesial tradition.

LEAD 201: Servant Leadership

This capstone course will help students to integrate the various courses they have taken at Rosary College and explore ways to apply what they have learned in their vocation and career. Students will explore concepts of Christian leadership and vocation and the mission of Christian service in the world.

MATH 101: Euclidean Geometry

This foundational math course will work through Euclid’s Elements to lay the foundation for understanding mathematics as a whole and how to grow in logical and disciplined thought.

MATH 201: Math Theory

This course will explore the history of mathematical theory from the ancient world to the present using primary sources of mathematicians. It will focus on the pursuit of truth through mathematics as a means of understanding the logical nature of reality.

MUS 101: Sacred Music

Drawing upon the Church’s rich tradition, this course will explore the history of Catholic music. It will present an overview of Gregorian chant, medieval polyphony, sacred music from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, and ends with the state of contemporary sacred music.

PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy and Logic

Philosophy asks the most important questions of human life, approached in a disciplined and ordered way. This course will examine the key philosophical questions and the logical method used to pursue them, drawing upon the thought of prominent philosophers.

PHIL 201: Ethics

This course examines the good life by exploring the nature of happiness, choice, virtue, and friendship. The thought of Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas will provide the foundational texts for the course.

SCI 101: The Foundations of Science

Science began with the investigations of the Greeks, growing into a more systematic form at the medieval universities, and solidifying its empirical methodology in the 17th century. This course will examine the major stages and thinkers that marked the development of the scientific method.

SCI 201: Natural Science

Science rests upon the observation of nature and experimentation. This course will model the essence of a scientific approach by fostering a direct engagement with nature to gain understanding through wonder and precision of thought.

THEO 101: Sacred Scripture

Theology rests upon God’s revelation of himself and his plan of salvation. This course provides an overview of the Old and New Testaments, modeling a Catholic approach that draws upon tradition, prayer, and modern methods.

THEO 201: Catholic Doctrine

This course presents an overview of Catholic doctrine through the Creed and sacraments, providing an overview of the development of central doctrines through Ecumenical Councils and the writings of the saints.

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Action and Speech Contrary to the Catholic Faith

As a religious institution, Rosary College expects all of its employees, students, and volunteers to abide by Catholic beliefs and morals while engaged in any school function and to avoid any public statements or actions contrary to them, including on social media.

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Accreditation

With Rosary College launching Fall of 2024, our program is not yet accredited.

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Newman Guide Recognition

Rosary College was invited to attend the 1st ever Newman Guide Summit for College Leaders, themed “Our Shared Mission,” held on June 12 -14, 2024 at the University of St.Thomas, Houston. Our team is building policies and standards in alignment with the Newman Guide, so we are prepared to receive provisional Newman Guide recognition when we apply! Our classical education is rooted in Catholic tradition and identity, from academics to faculty hiring and campus life.

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