What Ivy League Students Were Studying 250 Years Ago

Columbia University's 1763 Curriculum
      
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Here is the curriculum for Columbia University ("King's College" at the time) in 1763. As you look through this list, keep in mind that the average age of the first-year student was fifteen!

First Year

Sallust, Historia

Caesar, Commentaries

Ovid, Metamorphoses

Virgil, Eclogues

Aesop, Fables

Lucian, Dialogues

​New Testament

Grotius, De Veritate

Latin Grammar

Greek Grammar

English & Latin Themes

Cornelius Nepos

 

Second Year

Cicero, De Officiis

Quintus Curtius

Terenece

Ovid, Epistles

Virgil, Georgics

New Testament

Epictetus

Xenophon, Institutio Cyri and Anabasis

Farnaby, Epigrams

Greek Grammar

Latin Grammar

Wallisius, Logic

Sanderson, Compendium

Johnson, Noetica

Rhetoric

Latin & English Themes and Verse

 

Third Year

Cicero, Orations and De Oratore

Quintilian

Pliny the Younger

Catullus

Tibullus

​Propertius

Horace

Aristotle, Ethics & Poetics

Plato, Dialogues

Xenophon, Memorabilia

Theocritus

​Homer

Compendium Ethicae

​Metaphysics

Syllogistic Disputations

Latin & English Themes

Latin & English Verses

 

Fourth Year

Cicero, Tusculan Disputations

Livy

​Tacitus​, Histories

Lucan

Juvenal

Persius

Plautus

Homer, Odyssey

Sophocles

Euripedes

Aeschylus

Thucydides

Herodotus

​Longinus

Demosthenes

Dionysius of Halicarnassus

Isocrates

Hebrew Grammar

Biblical Hebrew

Grotius

Pufendorf

Hutcheson

Moral Philosophy

Latin Themes

Declamations

Latin & English Verses

Disputations

 

Columbia University's 1763 Curriculum