Summer Program for High School Students

Announcement:  We hope to restart the Great Books summer program in Summer of 2024!

About the 2019 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 2019, (June 23-28), 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 June 23rd, and depart campus on the afternoon of June 28th.  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 activities related to music, art, genetics, theater, and astronomy.  Supervised evening recreation will include films, skits, and games that keep the conversations going.


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, supplies, and 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


To Apply

An online application can he accessed 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 May 7.  Applications accepted through June 7.


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

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