As in TGC 2, students in TGC 5 engage the Great Conversation as it unfolded during the Middle Ages but through a deeper study of some of the most influential works of the medieval times. Students continue to see how, in works of history, philosophy, theology and literature, people have grappled with the essential questions of life, and students weigh the experiences, events and ideas they encounter in light of biblical truth. Aimed at School of Rhetoric students, class discussions and writing assignments provide opportunities for students to acknowledge the voices that have contributed to the Great Conversation and begin to add their own compelling Christian voice.

Topics include: The fall of Rome to the death of Elizabeth I, focusing on medieval Europe: early medieval mythology, works of Boethius, Dante, Chaucer, Machiavelli, Calvin and others; regular class discussions and writing assignments on the readings and their significance in historical and biblical context; and the art of dialogue from a biblical perspective.

Prerequisites: Minimum age of 14, with exceptions granted.

Homework Habits: Students typically spend 3-5 hours a week on reading assignments, though this depends on the student’s reading speed. Weekly assignments also include writing a discussion board post and two papers per semester.

Suggested Grade Level: 11

2024-2025 TGC 5 Book List