Core Texts & Enduring Questions Program

Course Information

Program Overview

The Fortin and Gonthier Core Texts & Enduring Questions (CTEQ) Program is a unique program at Assumption College.  This select liberal arts program offers an intellectually rich and engaging interdisciplinary minor that complements a student’s studies in a pre-professional, natural science, mathematics, or humanities major.  Students in this advanced Program attend special lectures by nationally known speakers, compete in CTEQ essay contests, take part in intercollegiate student research conferences, and travel on CTEQ class-related trips to major cities in the United States and Europe.

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CTEQ Minor

Specifically designed for select students seeking an intense and integrated liberal arts education as they simultaneously pursue a specialized major, the minor in Core Texts & Enduring Questions brings faculty and students together to study great works of human thought not simply to learn something about them and their authors, but, more importantly, to learn something vital and enduring about ourselves as human beings. Believing that the dialogue between the best of ancient and modern thought gives us profound access to permanent truths about ourselves and our world, the CTEQ minor contributes to the integration of students’ specialized education by allowing them to hone their reasoning, writing, and speaking skills as they engage in a substantive, ongoing dialogue about timeless human questions and perennial human goals.  Compatible with any major, this six (6) course, integrated minor also fulfills twelve (12) credit hours in Assumption College’s core curriculum program.  Students can thus pursue the CTEQ minor, which will appear on their official transcript, while they work their way through the College’s required core curriculum program.

Inspired by Fr. Emmanuel d’Alzon’s, the founder of the Augustinians of the Assumption, vision of a truly dialectical and liberal education, the CTEQ minor combines four academic departments—Art History, Theology, Philosophy, and Political Science—in one concentrated minor.  Exploring enduring questions about the nature of justice, beauty, human nature, and God, students in this interdisciplinary minor enter into meaningful dialogue with great artists and thinkers like Plutarch, Plato, Augustine, Michelangelo, Descartes, Pascal, Baudelaire, Tocqueville, and Pope Benedict XVI.  Rooted in the idea that Core Texts are not the property of particular disciplines or particular periods or particular fields of study and drawing on the best aspects of Catholic liberal education, participants in the CTEQ minor form a distinctive learning community at Assumption College.

For more information, or to sign up for the CTEQ program, contact the director, Professor Marc Guerra at coretexts@assumption.edu.

Events

  • CTEQ Pizza and a Movie (September 20, 2017—7 p.m.);
  • Brownson Round Table Discussion (November 9, 2017—6 p.m.);
  • CTEQ Book Club (November 14, 2017—7 p.m.);
  • CTEQ Pizza and a Movie (January 23, 2018—7 p.m.);
  • CTEQ Intercollegiate Student Conference (April 14th, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.).  

Lectures:

  • Check back in September to view the Lecture schedule.

Conferences:

  • CTEQ Intercollegiate Student Conference (April 14th, 2018: 8:30 a.m. to  6:00 p.m.)

CTEQ Essay Contest

Each academic year the Program hosts an essay contest that draws attention to a CTEQ student’s reflections on a question that is related to a Core Text education.  Students’ 1,500-2,000 word essays will be read by CTEQ faculty.

  • First Prize: $100 book voucher for the Assumption College Bookstore and a Kindle preloaded with 50 Core Texts.
  • Second Prize: Kindle preloaded with 50 Core Texts.  

Sign Up for CTEQ Minor

If you are interested in joining the CTEQ program, please contact Dr. Marc Guerra at mguerra@assumption.edu

Associations, Institutes and Seminars

CTEQ Summer Pre-College Program

The CTEQ Summer Pre-College Program is a competitive, week-long summer program designed for rising high school seniors.  Students accepted into this academically selective program attend Great Books centered classes taught by nationally known members of our faculty.  Living on Assumption College’s beautiful 185 acre campus for the week, participating students gain firsthand experience of studying the liberal arts in a college setting.  Our Program gives high school students the opportunity to study great works of philosophy, art, political science, and theology—as they simultaneously meet new friends and experience what collegiate academic and social life is like.  To apply to the Core Texts Pre-College Program, please click here