St. John's College is a private liberal arts college with dual campuses in Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is known for its Great Books curriculum. St. John's has no religious affiliation.
St. John's claims to be one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States as the successor institution of King William's School, a preparatory school founded in 1696; the current institution received a collegiate charter in 1784. In 1937, St. John's adopted a Great Bookscurriculum based on discussion of works from the Western canon of philosophical, religious, historical, mathematical, scientific, and literary works.
The college grants only one bachelor's degree, a degree in Liberal Arts. Two master's degrees are available through the college's graduate institute: one in Liberal Arts, which is a modified version of the undergraduate curriculum (differing mostly in that the graduate students are not restricted to a set sequence of courses), and one in Eastern Classics, which applies most of the features of the undergraduate curriculum (seminars, preceptorials, language study and a set sequence of courses) to a list of classic works from India, China and Japan. The Master of Arts in Eastern Classics is only available at the Santa Fe campus.