Summer Program for High School Students

About the 2017 Great Books Summer Program

Mercer has long been known for its innovative Great Books program, a seven-course sequence that encourages close reading and discussion of some of the great works of Western Civilization.  In the summer of 2017, (July 9-14), we will once again bring the Mercer Great Books experience to the country's best high school students.

The program will bring together bright and inquisitive college-bound students with some of Mercer's outstanding Great Books faculty.  Together, they will explore classic texts (from Plato to Shakespeare) that address some of the most enduring human questions and problems.  Mercer's Great Books summer program offers students an enriching, unique, and exciting educational experience.

Curriculum and Instruction

The program will run for 5 days and nights.  Participants will check-in on the afternoon of July 9th, and depart campus on the afternoon of July 14th.  Each day of the program will feature Great Books seminars and hands-on liberal arts activities.  During the seminars, students and faculty will engage in an extended conversation about the texts.  Participants also will gain hands-on experience with liberal arts activites related to music, art, genetics, theater, and astronomy.  Supervised evening recreation will include films, skits, and games that keep the conversations going.

Campus

Benefits of the Program

-- Five days and nights on Mercer University's beautiful and historic Macon, GA campus.

--All sessions taught by Mercer's dynamic Great Books faculty.

--Program price includes room (in campus dorms), board, and supervised recreational activities.

--The academic advantage that comes with college-level reading and discussion.

--The opportunity to meet other college-bound students who love to read and think.

--Personal copies of all program readings.

Great Books Class

Program Cost

$650

To Apply

An application can be downloaded here for current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.  Applications will be reviewed each week until the Academy is full.  Applicants are encouraged to apply  before June 20.

Applications can be submitted by mail, email, or in person at an admissions preview day to:

Mercer University Great Books Academy

email: MercerGreatBooks@gmail.com

Mercer University, 1501 Mercer University Dr.,  Macon, GA 31207

 

If you have any questions, please contact the program co-directors:

Dr. Kathryn Kloepper, Department of Chemistry, at (478)301-5308 or kloepper_kd@mercer.edu

Dr. Will Jordan, Department of Political Science, at (478)301-2445 or jordan_wr@mercer.edu