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Academics are central to the Castle Rock Institute. In fact, the academic component of our programs is what disinguishes the Institute from other outdoor adventure organizations, and what has created the excellent reputation we enjoy with universities and colleges around the country. More than fifty schools have accepted CRI course credits, even when they do not accept transfer credit from other major outdoor adventure programs.

The CRI curriculum integrates four different academic disciplines in the Humanities by offering four courses organized around a central theme.

The Castle Rock Institute is an educational community dedicated to studying the Humanities, to examining those academic disciplines concerned with how people throughout history have expressed, confronted, and understood the perplexities of the human condition. It strives to awaken for students a sense of the value and relevance of the Humanities, and to furnish knowledge, skills and experiences that challenge individuals to understand better who they are, and who they might be. Read more...

Different from the historical approach of most college Humanities programs, the curriculum at the Castle Rock Institute is organized thematically. Instead of sweeping through a series of "great books," all of the courses offered each semester address a single issue, idea or theme drawn from the Humanities. Accordingly, each class explicitly considers how its particular disciplinary insights and assumptions contribute to an overall understanding of the theme at hand. In this way, the curriculum at CRI is explicitly interdisciplinary, and is in a sense like one overarching course with multiple disciplinary presepctives. Read more...

Students at the Castle Rock Institute take four courses (for a total of 16 semester credits): one in Religious Studies, one in Philosophy, another in Literature, and another in Studio Art. The courses last 15 weeks, meet regularly, and include traditional undergraduate assignments like required readings, papers, group presentations, and exams. All classwork is evaluated and students receive a transcript of their grades when they complete the program. Read more...

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