文学院 & Sciences: 谢默伟大的书籍学校


Those who agree great minds think alike neither knew a great mind, nor possessed one. Take yours for example: a mind that invites new ideas and embraces challenges; that recognizes brilliance forging a unique path; that's eager to address the problems of the present by drawing upon the wisdom of the past. 

The journey to further develop your mind starts here, with the 谢默伟大的书籍学校 at 中北书院.


Here you will study the thoughts and findings of the world's first scientists, 作曲家, 和哲学家, and gain a more holistic view of the world through their many lenses. 通过研究原始资料, you will learn not only from the conclusions of these authors, but from their journey of discovery. 

Shimer 学生 discussing an essay at a round table


At Shimer, every class is a conversation. The entire curriculum follows the Socratic Method; because we know that active learning thrives in small-class discussions. Professors do not lecture from a podium. 而, they sit with the students at the table, 充当促进者的, encouraging discussion and posing thought-provoking questions. They recognize that some of the greatest teachers you could ever learn from are the authors of books that have proven valuable to countless generations of thinkers.

Shimer students and faculty sitting in lounge


Here you will find a community of those who question and seek deeper understanding - people who are not intimidated by controversy but invigorated by fresh perspectives; who see each other as fellow learners and teachers, each equipped with valuable insights and unique opinions. 在这个社区里, you will complete a curriculum that covers both broad and specialized knowledge. 

Shimer students reading and discussing an article


美存在吗?? 什么是光?? Is the world becoming a better place?

Questions like these—that demand to be asked but seem to defy final answers—are the living heart of traditions of study and debate as old as recorded history. These traditions form the unique curriculum at the 谢默伟大的书籍学校. The “books” are the products of humanity’s search for answers—and sharper questions. Certainly, as a great books program, we read many books. But we also study paintings and sculptures, 听交响乐和歌曲, watch films and explore buildings, and perform experiments that have led to new discoveries.

We arrange these inquiries into four majors: humanities, 自然科学, social sciences and liberal studies. Regardless of which major you choose you will take courses that span disciplines and learn to integrate questions and insights from multiple areas of classical liberal arts.

book shelf full of books at the 谢默伟大的书籍学校








The ideal 谢默伟大的书籍学校 student

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学生 and faculty talking about great books.

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Supporting the 谢默伟大的书籍学校

自收购以来, graduates and friends of Shimer College have continued their faithful support of the Great Books through their annual financial contributions. Those interested in supporting the 谢默伟大的书籍学校 at 中北书院 or who would like to make a gift in memory or honor of a member of the Shimer community are encouraged to contact Adrian Aldrich ’02, Vice President for 机构发展 at 800-611-1861 or to discuss available giving options.