Trivium 302: Junior Author Project

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Trivium 302: Junior Author Project is a research and literary analysis course taken by Wyoming Catholic College junior's as part of the school's Trivium Curriculum. Students read, study, and analyze works of an author of their own choosing throughout a semester, culminating with their presentation and reading of a paper by which the student presents their author, as perceived by means of his works, to their classmates and professors.



Within the first classes, students are guided in selecting an author from the curriculum (or one who would be worthy of inclusion) and developing a list of works of philosophical, critical, and historical importance with which they enter into conversation over their author over the course of the semester. The semester ends with a “student conference,” in which students deliver papers, providing a panoramic description of their author, introducing their colleagues to his life, thought, development, important themes, historical background, and contemporary relevance.


The goal of Trivium 302 is fourfold:

  1. To enable students to put all their trivial skills together (arguing, analyzing, writing with clarity and beauty, speaking with persuasive power)
  2. To prepare students for the Senior Thesis (Trivium 401)
  3. To inspire and guide students, generally, in developing a habit of thought which is dialectical, creative, and synthetic; and, more particularly, in formulating projects which draw on the full range of the curriculum to answer questions of perennial importance
  4. To come to appreciate how various disciplinary modes of thinking enable us to appreciate a great author.

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