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.

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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.

    Tuesday/Thursday – 12:30-1:45 pm

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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.

    Tuesday/Thursday – 12:30-1:45 pm

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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.

    Tuesday/Thursday – 11:00 am-12:15 pm

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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

    Dr. Micah Snell
    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.

    Thursdays 12:30-2:30 pm
    NOTE: This class meets once per week

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

    GBIV book list 2019-2020

  • US History from 1877

    History 2323
    US History from 1877
    Dr. Tony Joseph
    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.

    Tuesday/Thursday – 9:30-10:45 am

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

  • The Art of Cinema and New Media

    CNMA 1302: The Art of Cinema & New Media
    Professor Chris Hartwell
    Recommended for 9th – 12th grade students.

    A comprehensive overview of the video production process, including an introduction to camera operation, lighting and sound equipment, general set protocols, post-production software, and workflow. Students will also be introduced to cinematic storytelling with the chance to make short films and other productions throughout the class.

    Tuesday/Thursday – 11:00 am – 12:15 pm.

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

  • Apologetics for Everyone

    APOL 3303 Apologetics for Everyone
    Professor Nancy Pearcey
    Prerequisite(s): None

    A survey of the contemporary approaches to apologetics, including philosophical apologetics, cultural apologetics, and biblical apologetics. The course will also introduce students to some contemporary issues in apologetics, such as the relationship between science and faith, and common challenges to traditional Christian ethics.

    Because this is a course in cultural apologetics, students will learn not simply to argue for the existence of God but also to argue for a biblical worldview as it relates to various aspects of culture such as education, science, government, business, and the arts and humanities. Students will earn three undergraduate credit hours in elective credit from Houston Baptist University.

    Tuesdays 2-4 pm
    NOTE: This class meets once per week

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

  • Introduction to Great Books and Composition A*

    Introduction To Great Books And Composition A*
    Recommended for 7th grade students.

    Introduction to Great Books and Composition A is a literature and writing course centered around the Chronicles of Narnia and includes selections from authors that students will read in depth in their dual-enrollment classes such as Plato, Aristotle, Dickens, Chesterton, and the gospel writers. This course is middle school/junior high school level cannot be taken for high school or college credit.

    Tuesday/Thursday – 11:00 am-12:15 pm

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    $800 per year, no 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.

    Tuesday/Thursday – 11:00 am-12:15 pm

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    $800 per year, no college credit.

     

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