In writing An Internal Conflict, one of the novels-in-progress I’m focusing most on right now, I’ve come to the point where I need to be thinking about what the protagonist and her friends will be studying for the next several years of her life at the Academy. Worse, to even outline any farther I need to know what they will be studying. So I want your help designing a curriculum.
The Academy is the Empire’s premiere educational institution. It serves much the same function, and is similar to, a college or university; we can basically presuppose a trivium-quadrivium background for Persephone and the other natives (the Chosen, as immigrants from Earth, are another matter entirely, but they have to meet the same entrance standards as everyone else), plus quite a bit more in each student’s individual areas of interest. (As her first year at the Academy begins, for instance, Persephone has a somewhat solid grounding in five-space geometry. But she was an only slightly apathetic member of a family of prodigies to begin with.)
So far I’ve gone into some detail in thinking of possible courses of study in math, and a great deal less detail in the sciences and humanities, applied metaphysics, and what might today be called “military science.” (If anyone’s interested, I can go into somewhat more detail.)
If you were designing or wishing for an ideal college, university, or graduate or post-graduate school, what would you think of?