Course Listings for 2020-2021 Academic Year

Please note: Course cost DOES NOT include a registration fee or family technology fee.

All courses listed meet on the campus of Houston Baptist University.

Meeting days are Tuesday/ Thursday unless otherwise noted.

Book lists will be posted by the end of May 2020. You can see previous book lists here.

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  • Great Books I: Composition and Literature I

    English 1313: Composition and Literature I
    The Greeks, Romans, and Early Christianity     

    Open to 9th – 12th grade students. This course is a pre-requisite to Great Books IV.

    A student-driven, Socratic-style classroom environment, integrating training in composition with a special emphasis in the literature of the Greek and Roman period.

    Reading list includes: The Iliad, The Odyssey, Antigone, The Republic, Nicomachean Ethics, The Aeneid,  Meditations, Confessions, The Consolation of Philosophy, and much more.

    We recommend that the course be counted as both high school English and history credit. Students will earn three undergraduate credit hours in English 1313 from Houston Baptist University.

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    $1000 per year, 3 units of transferable college credit.

    GBI book list 2019-2020

  • Great Books II: Western Civilization I

    History 2311
    Western Civilization and the Foundations of Europe
    Recommended for 10th and 11th grade students.

    A student-driven, Socratic-style classroom environment, integrating training in university-level essay writing and a comprehensive understanding of the major shifts of Western Culture, with a special emphasis in the literature of the Medieval period.

    Reading list includes: Beowulf, The Divine Comedy, Le Morte D’Arthur, John Calvin, Erasmus, Shakespeare, Paradise Lost, and much more.

    We recommend that this course be counted as both high school history and English credit. Students will earn three undergraduate credit hours in History 2311 from Houston Baptist University.

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    $1000 per year, 3 units of transferable college credit.

    GBII book list 2019-2020

  • Great Books III: Introduction to Philosophy

    Philosophy 1313: Introduction to Philosophy
    Politics, Skepticism, and the Novel
    Recommended for 11th and 12th grade students.

    A student-driven, Socratic-style classroom environment, with a special emphasis in the literature of the Enlightenment. Beginning with the 17th Century and ending with the great English novelists of the Victorian era, Great Books III explores the great works of the early modern era.

    Reading list includes: Meditations on First Philosophy, Leviathan, Second Treatise on Government, Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, Frankenstein, The Scarlet Letter, The Origin of Species,  Utilitarianism, and much more.

    We recommend that this course be counted as both high school history and English credit. Students will earn three undergraduate credit hours in Philosophy 1313.

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    $1000 per year, 3 units of transferable college credit.

    GBIII book list 2019-2020

  • Great Books IV: Composition and Literature II

    ENGL 1323: Composition and Literature II
    The Moderns
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1313.  Please note, this course can only be taken after Great Books I or upon submission of a college transcript showing successful completion of Freshman Composition I.

    Recommended for 11th and 12th grade students.

    This course continues the study of composition and rhetoric introduced in English 1313: Composition and Literature I. Students will gain an understanding of why reading literature is deeply important for Christians, learn the conventions of such literary genres as poems, stories, novels, and plays, study methods of literary analysis, interpret literature from a Biblical perspective through the exploration of Biblical archetypes, typology, language constructions, and metaphor in classic works of Western literature, and learn to write well-constructed and well-written arguments about literature and life in standard English including the use of research in MLA format and the writing of a fully developed research paper.

    Reading list includes: Anna Karenina, Fear and TremblingBrothers Karamazov, The Genealogy of Morals, East of Eden, and much more.

    We recommend that the class be counted as both high school English and history credit. Students will earn three undergraduate credit hours in English 1323 from Houston Baptist University.

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    $1000 per year, 3 units of transferable college credit.

    GBIV book list 2019-2020

  • US History to 1877

    History 2313
    US History to 1877
    Recommended for 9th – 12th grade students.

    History 2313 is a survey of American history from its roots until the Reconstruction. Students will read original source material alongside Paul Johnson’s History of the American People as they gain a thorough grounding in the story and events of our nation’s founding years.

    Students will earn three undergraduate credit hours in History 2313 from Houston Baptist University.

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    $1000 per year, 3 units of transferable college credit.

  • US History from 1877

    History 2323
    US History from 1877
    Recommended for 9th – 12th grade students.

    A survey of American history from the close of Reconstruction to the present.  Students will read original source material as they gain a thorough grounding in the story and events of our nation from the Reconstruction to the present.

    Students will earn three undergraduate credit hours in History 2323 from Houston Baptist University.

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    $1000 per year, 3 units of transferable college credit.

  • Introduction To Great Books And Composition B* 

    Introduction To Great Books And Composition B*  (non-credit)
    Recommended for 8th grade students.

    Introduction to Great Books and Composition B is a literature and writing course centered around The Lord of  the Rings, and selections from authors that students will read in depth in their future dual-enrollment classes, such as Plato, Chesterton, Shakespeare, and Lewis. This course is middle school/junior high school level cannot be taken for high school or college credit.

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    $800 per year, no college credit.

    Intro GB-B text list 2019-20

  • The Art of Cinema and New Media
  • Apologetics for Everyone
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