Center for Distance Learning

Wyoming Catholic College possesses a wealth of resources. Wishing to be good stewards and wanting to love our neighbors, we want to share those resources as broadly as possible. The Center for Distance Learning allows WCC to offer liberal arts education to the public through online lectures and courses and, eventually, through programs that incorporate online learning with classroom experience and outdoor leadership education.

The Center for Distance Learning provides adult learners with sound reasoning and communication skills, growth in the virtues, and a broad understanding of the rich heritage of Western Civilization in the context of Catholic faith and practice.

In his essay, “Why Should Businessmen Read Great Literature?,” scholar Vigen Guroian writes, “Aristotle, Dante, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, and Eliot teach us to imagine larger possibilities and purposes for our lives. They test our decisions with the moral wisdom of humankind. They ask us to move through the world with discernment. They show us that we possess the freedom to make of our lives what we will and not what others choose for us, what the fates decide, or what historical forces dictate."

At Wyoming Catholic College we believe that such treasure should not remain the possession of a select few, but should be widely available.  We hope that you will join us by signing up HERE.  

Past Course Offerings


Thomas_Cole,_The_Voyage_of_Life,_1842,_National_Gallery_of_Art.jpg "Though the seas threaten, they are merciful": Classic Literature and the Virtue of Hope 

All too often people look at their generation and are filled with despair and hopelessness. The title of the course comes from Shakespeare's Tempest (V. i. 178), and sums up the spirit of the late plays, which speak of resurrected life and reborn hope.  Classic Literature and the Catholic faith give us a new way to address this challenge and cultivate the virtue of hope.

Teachers:
Dr. Glenn Arbery , Wyoming Catholic College President
Dr. John Freeh, Former Associate Professor of Humanities 

Session Titles: 

Homecoming and Glory: Epic Hope in Homer
The Unseen Future: Aeneas and the Promise of Rome
'Why not climb up the mountain of delight?': Dante’s Purgatorio
‘Though the seas threaten, they are merciful’: Late Shakespeare and Redemptive Hope
‘For hope would be hope for the wrong thing': Optimism and the 19th Century
Landscapes of Despair; Landmarks of Hope: T.S. Eliot and Modernity



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Dante in the Year of Mercy, Inferno

Although Dante’s Comedy has been admired for 700 years, the modern world has felt a special urgency in recovering the vision Dorothy Sayers once called “the drama of the soul’s choice.” Indeed, Pope Francis has invited the faithful to turn to the Comedy in the Year of Mercy “to rediscover the lost or obscured meaning of our human path,” calling its author “a prophet of hope." In this course, Dr. Jason Baxter explores the first of the Comedy's three books, showing how Dante’s poem can be read as a guide to the spiritual life.

Teacher
  • Dr. Jason Baxter ,  Assistant Professor of Humanities at Wyoming Catholic College

Session Titles

Lover, Poet, Exile: An Introduction to Dante's "Comedy"
The Hero and the Coward in the Dark Wood, Canti 1-4
On Castles and Lovers, Canti 4-9
The Graveyard of the Heretics and the Wasteland of the Violent, Canti 10-17
Dante's White-Collar Criminals and Ulysses's Tongue of Fire, Canti 18-26
Icy Hearts and Frozen Souls: The Lowest Portion of Hell, Canti 27-34



Pur_02_Crop.jpg Dante in the Year of Mercy: Purgatorio

In the second of his three course series, Dr. Jason Baxter, Assistant Professor of Humanities at Wyoming Catholic, continues his journey through the three books of Dante's masterpiece, continuing to explain how the second book of Dante’s epic poem can be read as a guide to the spiritual life.

Teacher
  • Dr. Jason Baxter ,  Assistant Professor of Humanities at Wyoming Catholic College

Session Titles

Fire and Healing: An Introduction to Medieval Purgatory
Waiting for God, the Broken Human Community, and the Surprise of Mercy, Canti 1-9
At the Center of the World: Love, Freedom, and Community, Canti 10-17
Materialism and Depression: How God Rewrites the Soul, Canti 18-24
Returning to Man's First Home: the Pilgrim in the Garden of Eden, Canti 25-28
As the Heavens are Higher than the Earth": Dante's Apocalyptic Vision, Canti 29-33



Paradiso_Canto_31.jpgDante in the Year of Mercy: Paradiso

In the third and final installment of his three course series, Dr. Jason Baxter, Assistant Professor of Humanities at Wyoming Catholic,  helps his listeners to recover the vision Dorothy Sayers once called “the drama of the soul’s choice.”

Teacher
  • Dr. Jason Baxter ,  Assistant Professor of Humanities at Wyoming Catholic College

Session Titles

"Great Fires Come from Tiny Sparks:” St. Paul and Orpheus Go to Heaven
"In His Will Is Our Peace:" Heaven, Cosmic Order, and Tranquility
“Here Is One Who Will Increase Our Love!” Dante’s Love Lyric Goes to Heaven
Diversity, Unity, and the Greatest Gift from Heaven
Intellectual Fasting and the Test of Love
The Canti of Surprise: The Garden, the Book, and the Rose



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Religious Liberty in America

This course offers a examination of the history of religious liberty in America. It examines how it has shaped the founding of the American Republic, the way it developed through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the various threats that face it today.  

Teacher:

Dr. James Tonkowich , Theologian and Author of The Liberty Threat: The Attack on Religious Liberty in America Today

Session Titles

Religious Liberty in the Early Republic
The “Wall of Separation”: From Metaphor to Monster
“Popery” in America
Across the Great Divide: Religion and Religious Liberty from 1960-1980
Storm Clouds Gathering
The Cloudburst and the Future