The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 541
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istry, "evidences of Christianity," mental philosophy, and "sur-
veying and navigation." In the second semesters of the junior and
senior years, original declamation was studied."1
The student who survived the arduous path toward learning
received his A.B. degree after four years. He had only one elec-
tive: he was permitted to substitute two modern languages for
Greek if he preferred.52
The masters degree was also offered on the following condi-
tions: "Any bachelor of arts who shall, after three years devoted
to literary pursuits, submit an essay upon some scientific subject,
or deliver a written address, approved by the faculty, sustaining a
good moral character, shall be entitled to the degree of Master
of Arts (A.M.) ."" Only two such degrees were ever conferred."
The advent of the Civil War had its effect upon the curriculum
of the college. A newspaper announcement of 1861 indicated that
"the services of a splendid drill master have been secured and
military tactics will be taught to each student.""
The course of study for the female department was itself for-
midable by current standards, but it was somewhat modified from
the full rigors of the A.B. program which the men pursued. Both
Latin and Greek were studied, as was mathematics through trig-
onometry, as well as science, United States history, and French.
In order that their minds might be persuaded of the moral veri-
ties, the young women also studied "evidences of Christianity,"
and "moral philosophy." Completion of this four-year course of
study earned only the honors of graduation, without a degree.",
The charter of 186o enjoined the study of the Holy Bible,"7
and by all reports this injunction was not ignored." One means
of furthering Christian education consisted of the daily morning
SlCatalogue of M'Kenzie College, z86o-z86z, p. 7.
slIbid., 7, 8.
54D. M. McKenzie to J. D. O. (MS., in possession of John D. Osburn, Clarksville).
D. M. McKenzie was a grandson of J. W. P. McKenzie.
SaNorthern Standard (Clarksville), September 28, 1861.
SeCatalogue of M'Kenzie College, z86o-z86z, .
57Gammel (comp.), Laws of Texas, V, 113.
asYarbrough, "Old McKenzie College-Some Reminiscences," Texas Christian
Advocate (Dallas), August 2, 1900oo.
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