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etc. In the third term the work will consist chiefly of studies from the periodicals on current topics. Credits from one to three hours, at the discretion of the Instructor in charge. Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 o'clock.

NOTE.—Courses 1, 2, 7 and 8 will be given in 1888-9 and every second year thereafter; 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be given during 1887–8 and every second year thereafter.

Instead of any of the above, other courses may be given, if from any cause such change should seem desirable.

Only such students will be admitted to the Research Class as, in the judgment of the Instructor, are prepared to prosecute the work successfully.


The College has just instituted a comprehensive English Course, for admission into which four years of High School work will be required. The main feature of this Course is the introduction of a large amount of English work, embracing a very full study of the English Classics, the structure and literature of our English tongue, with an unusual amount of Historical Research. Special attention will also be given to the Anglo-Saxon, Transitional English, etc. It is proposed to make the Course very comprehensive to meet the wants of students who, graduating from the English Course of any of our High Schools, desire to pursue the same line of study to a much greater extent.


Required.-I. Psychology - Cocker's Handbook of Philosophy will be used, accompanied by familiar lectures with ample elucidations. Analysis of Mental Phenomena and Faculties specially insisted upon-first half of the year.

II. Logic-Inductive and Deductive–The identity of fundamental principles explained, and the special office of each form of logic given. For outlines of the subject, Jevons; for fuller study of special subject, Mill-half a year.

Electives.—III. History of Philosophy.-This must be preceded by peychology in order that there may be a standard of philosophy in the mind of the student with which to compare the theories advanced by the different schools. A thorough analysis of each school will be presented, with the two-fold aim of learning the history of philosophic thought, and determining what is true in the different systems studied. The first half of the yearseveral works used.

IV. Moral Science.—The fundamental principles will first be considered, then their application to human life. This study follows psychology, and is pursued in the latter half of the year. Four-fifths of a term-Calderwood and Porter.

V. Theism-Bowne used as a text-book-taught during the spring term. A few explanatory statements should be made. 1. All our preparatory courses cover four years. There are no short


2. The courses in the college are of uniform length-four years each. The time required to earn the different degrees is the same.

3. By the time the student reaches the junior year he is regarded as prepared for more independent work than he can generally carry forward in the earlier part of his course. Henceforth his individual preferences are more largely consulted. Hence, lines of study and investigation are provided, from which he may select the branches to be pursued. Thus it will be seen that

4. A few studies—but a comparatively small number--are elective previous to the junior year.

5. All studies in the Junior and Senior years are elective with the exception of Psychology, Logic and one term of Chimistry.

6. Students must select from at least two lines.

7. It is recommended that they select from three lines--they must not select from more than five lines. These selections will be made under the advice of the Faculty, so that consistency of work may be secured.

8. The student is required to have fifteen hours of recitation each week, or what is equivalent thereto.

9. A large amount of research work is prosecuted during the Junior and

Senior years.


10. The Degree conferred at graduation is determined by the course pursued up to the close of the Sophomore year. If, previous to that time the student has taken the studies of the classical course, his degree will be “Bachelor of Arts;" if Latin Scientific, it will be “Bachelor of Philosophy;" if Scientific, it will be “Bachelor of Science;" if English, it will be Bachelor of Letters." The Junior and Senior studies are largely of a university character, preparing the student for independent investigation when, from graduation, he must carry forward his studies withont the presence and guidance of a living teacher. The lines of study provided have been made so broad and varied that the candidate for any of the professions, as well as the business man, can obtain here the scholarship which will best fit him for his chosen and anticipated mode of life.


This department has been very prosperous the past year. It provides instruction on the piano, organ, violin, and all orchestral instruments. Voice culture is made a specialty. In connection with this department there is an orchestra of about fifty members which meets weekly for practice and drill. Six teachers are employed to give instruction in the Conservatory, five of them devoting their entire time to this work.


This school has made considerable progress during the year. The gallery contains 150 hanging pictures, and quite a large assortment of busts and models. The attendance of students was considerably in excess of the preceding year.


Finding that many of our students desired to obtain some knowledge of commercial branches we made provision for this class of work at the begin. ning of the year and we are pleased with the result. Quite a large number of students in our regular college courses have added this to their other work, while others have come to the institution expressly to pursue these studies. We are convinced that these labors are not only valuable in and for their special line, but in their reflex influence upon the general written work of the college in securing greater neatness of execution in the manual part of our daily exercises.


Of apparatus for illustrating the work in Language, Literature and History, we have probably as large a collection as any school in the United States. Both the Greek and Latin departments are provided with full sets of classical maps. The Greek department has abundant materials for the illustration of Greek Archæology, and a rarely complete set of charts for exhibiting in detail the topography of ancient Athens. The head of this department is working out on an original plan a series of language charts which, when completed, will present to the eye a full outline of the leading facts of Greek Grammar.

The History department, where the “ Layer Map” plan has been introduced, has at its command about 180 maps, representing successive stages in territorial history. If every change which can be represented singly be counted, the total number of possible maps would aggregate about 800. addition to the series formerly prepared, showing the development and break-up of the Roman Empire, the formation of the new nations up to 843 A. D., the break-up of the Ottoman Empire from 1699 to 1885, the development of Prussia to 1866, the growth and dissolution of the Napoleonic Empire, and the unification of Italy, we have this year prepared a set of " layer maps" for the United States, showing every territorial change in its history from 1763 to 1876,- changes, the number of which fall but little short of 100.


The attendance of students during the year was 413, about 13 per cent. larger than the previous year. This growth was shared about equally by the ditierent departments.


Considerat le money was raised for the endown,ent of another Chair, but as the final statement on the same was not made in June last, we will defer till our next report any record of the amount secured.


The College at its last commencement conferred on eight persons the degree of B. A., and on eight the degree of B. Ph. It also granted diplomas of graduation from the Conservatory to ten persons. Heretofore conferred: By Female College before the present College was chartered: M. A. S.. 116 By the College: B. A..

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All of which is respectfully submitted.



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Superintendent of Public Instruction : DEAR SIR:- I have the honor to submit herewith the annual report of Battle Creek College.

The past year has witnessed some important changes in this institution. A new dormitory has been erected and other changes and improvements made involving an expenditure of about $25,000. The new Hall is a substantial brick building of four stories in height and with sufficient capacity to accommodate 150 students, besides the necessary public rooms and suites of rooms for the President and for the Preceptress. It also has dining facilities for about 250. The building formerly used as a Boarding Hall has been refitted and is used as a dormitory for gentlemen exclusively, while the new Hall is occupied by both sexes. The plan, which has been tried in some similar institutions in New England for several years, of having the students do the greater share of the work connected with the various departments of the institution, bas been introduced this year and is regarded favorably by all. The principle of division of labor is carried to its utmost limit and each student is assigned one hour's work each day. The results are gratifying both from an educational and from a financial point of view and the students co-operate quite heartily in the new plan. The Industrial Department has received a new impetus and is meeting more fully than ever the wishes of the managers. There are four classes per day(each class continuing one hour and a half) in printing, carpentry, tent-making, and sewing, and the total number of students thus instructed is over 150. It is expected that other departments of Manual Training will be added soon.

Some changes have been made in the courses of study, the most important of which is that the study of the English Bible, covering a period of two years, has been made a part of each course. This work is almost entirely historical and practical. Johnston's United States History, Kellogg's Rhetoric and English Literature, and Houston's Physical Geography have been adopted as text-books. The instructors are as follows:

William W. Prescott, President.
Uriah Smith, Biblical Exegesis.

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