Curriculum for the University of Virginia
August 4, 1818
In addition to designing the campus of the University of Virginia, Jefferson also outlined the proper curriculum for the first nonreligious public institution for higher education. His proposed course of study emphasized languages, mathematics, the natural sciences, and law.
 
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Excerpt from the Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia:

I. Languages, ancient:
Latin,
Greek,
Hebrew.
II. Languages, modern:
French,
Spanish,
Italian,
German,
Anglo-Saxon.
III. Mathematics, pure:
Algebra,
Fluxions,
Geometry, Elementary, Transcendental.
Architecture, Military, Naval.
IV. Physico-Mathematics:
Mechanics,
Statics,
Dynamics,
Pneumatics,
Acoustics,
Optics,
Astronomy,
Geography.
V. Physics, or Natural Philosophy:
Chemistry,
Mineralogy.
VI. Botany, Zoology
VII. Anatomy, Medicine.
VIII. Government,
Political Economy,
Law of Nature, and Nations
History, being interwoven with Politics and Law.
IX. Law, municipal.
X. Ideology,
General Grammar,
Ethics, Rhetoric,
Belles Lettres, and the fine arts.

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