Thomas Aquinas College Offering New Two-Year Program In The “Pretty Good Books”

November 28, 2014 by  
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Santa Paula, CA––Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California announced this week that they will be offering a new two-year program in the Pretty Good Books.

The small liberal arts and sciences college, which is known for its fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church as well as its focus on Great Books, is now offering a new program designed for students whose minds are not yet quite prepared for the good books, let alone the great ones.

President of the college Michael McLean told EOTT that the purpose of the ambitious new program is that it can be used as “a stepping stone to the better works in history.”

“I believe that our students are not only some of the most faithful students in the country, but they’re also some of the brightest minds in the Church. But we’re looking to be a little more inclusive now. We’re looking for orthodox students who do not have bright minds, but nevertheless have the potential of becoming bright minds.”

Thomas Aquinas College describes their new program syllabus as, composed exclusively of the just barely adequate texts that have, for good or for ill, kinda-sorta animated, for the lack of a better word, Western civilization.

The announcement comes just days after the University of Notre Dame announced the continuation of their Mediocre Books program, which include books such as Heaven Is For Real, as well as Judy Bloom’s theological treatise, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.


  • Paul S.

    Heh. My alma mater, STAC in NY was years ahead of them here…

  • Sr. Mary Brigid

    Like they say at Boston College: “A heretic is a terrible thing to waste.”

    • killerteacup

      Hey now…

    • fredx2

      I went to Boston College, and I could have sworn it was “A heretic is a terrible thing to taste”

    • chrisinva

      Actually, it’s “a heretic gets a lot of space….”

  • T. Audrey Glamour

    I checked out their website. They have partnered here and they claim we specially edit these fabulous titles so that today’s busy readers will actually have time to finish each story. Plus, Select Editions offers a great value—four books for the price of one.

    • Sr. Mary Brigid

      Have they abridged Leviticus? ‘Cuz I’m having trouble slogging through that while I’m on the Stairmaster.

  • madmoosemomma

    I may have read some of those titles. Wonder if there an accreditation program available. STA Online University.

  • lobstahsnob

    Not to be confused with the even more faithful, Aquinas College in Nashville, owned and operated by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia =)

    • T. Audrey Glamour

      So they are going to use Crowd Funding™ to get on board with the Pretty Good Books© program. Good for them!

  • Jo Flemings

    Where do I sign?

  • Even more exciting, this new two-year program will cost approximately 10% less than the College’s tuition for the four-year program, which is $32,450 per year or $129,480 for a four-year degree. “We think the lower cost of $116,820 for the whole two-year Pretty Good Books program is a great educational value,” President McLean said in a recent interview. “And the Pretty Good Books program will mainly appeal to students who aren’t math-savvy in the first place, so we’re sure they’ll be satisfied with the lower price, since they’ll have the same lifetime TAC bragging rights as any of our other graduates.”

  • Cajun

    It’s progress, I’ll give them that. No mention of swapping over to Kindles yet though, I guess we still have a ways to go. Still, progress like this never would have happened under JP II or Benedict, so it is exciting to see the Church finally shying away from that intellectual elitism plaguing it since the Pharisee Paul.

  • Gravitatis Ultissimus

    The weirdest thing is that I thought that the Bible said “pride cometh before the fall”: If TAC is serious about getting a Pretty Good Books Program off the ground they should really focus on the bragging rights as such and get with the Bible.

    What I would humbly suggest is that they take one more step in their modern educational agenda and telescope it further into a two month summer program. That way students going to any other Catholic or state college could participate in this program over break and have full bragging rights when they went back to continue their second degree in the autumn.

    If they are interested they could also use my newest publication of what I dully named a Pretty Good Book for talking intellectually. Here is an excerpt:

    • Gravitatis Ultissimus

      “If you disagree with anyone, ask if they mean something per se qua per se. If this does not stump them on the spot demand that they show you from which part of the original Latin text of St. Aristotle they got their idea. For from there you have captured every thinking thing from pure intellect to apparent vegetable since either they are plagiarizing egregiously or else they have despicably fallen from know philosophical truth.” -Excerpt from A Pretty Good Book on Speaking Intellectually by the most humble author Gravitatis Ultissimus