These 3-credit classes have no prerequisites, and are designed to be taken in any order. Tuition is $650 per course ($325 to audit) and is due by the first class meeting.  All courses are taught by Dr. John Freeh, Director of the Newman Institute, in Room 222 of the UNL Newman Center.

Credit Transfer: Accredited through Gregory the Great seminary, these courses may be transferred to other undergraduate institutions. For UNL students, a course equivalency has been established for elective credit (see UNL IDs below). With adviser approval, they can also meet ACE requirements (often 5 or 8).


ENG 241 – Introduction to the Great Books I: Seekers, Sojourners and Pilgrims

UNL Transfer Equivalency ID: CLAS2T*@

Section 1: Tues & Thurs, 11:00am – 12:15pm

Section 2: Tues & Thurs, 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Aristotle rightly observes “all men by nature desire knowledge.” And the fundamental knowledge each of us seeks has to do with the most pressing questions of existence: What is life’s meaning and purpose? What is happiness and how may we obtain it? What or who should we love and how ought we live? Drawing from the rich heritage of Western literature, this course attempts to lay the groundwork for a lifelong consideration of these and other questions. Each of the seekers, sojourners and pilgrims studied, from Homer’s Odysseus to St. Augustine, from Boethius to Shakespeare’s Prospero, wrestle with the age-old questions that remain with us today. What they discover sheds light on our own efforts to understand the human condition.

Required Texts: Plato, Apology; Homer, The Odyssey; Marcus Aurelius, Meditations; St. Augustine, Confessions; The Wanderer and The Seafarer; Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy; Dante, Inferno; Shakespeare, The Tempest; Pieper, Josef, On Hope; shorter readings as assigned


HUM 251 – Humanities Seminar I: Love and Friendship

UNL Transfer Equivalency ID: GNCR***@

Section 1: Mon & Wed, 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Section 2: Mon & Wed, 3:30pm – 4:45pm

What is “this word ‘love’ that graybeards call divine?” So asks the poet concerning the greatest of realities. For Dante, love “moves the sun and the other stars.” For Shakespeare, it is an “ever-fixed mark / That looks on tempests and is never shaken.” William Blake sees it as the reason for our existence, asserting that we are “put on earth a little space / That we may learn to bear the beams of love.”  Love in all its manifestations – in romance and marriage, in friendship and family – is a theme that lies at the very heart of our shared human experience. This interdisciplinary seminar explores the nature of love as understood by Aristotle and Augustine, Dante and Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Willa Cather, among others.

Required Texts: Shakespeare, King Lear; C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves; Plato, The Symposium; Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn; Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book VIII; Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop; Song of Songs; Dante, Vita Nuova and poems; Dietrich von Hildebrand, On Marriage; Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice; Joseph Pieper, On Love; Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale; shorter readings as assigned