Course Listings for 2022-2023 Academic Year

Please note: Course cost DOES NOT include student registration fee or family technology fee. Course offerings are subject to change based on student enrollment.

All courses listed meet on the campus of Houston Baptist University.
Meeting days are Tuesday/Thursday unless otherwise noted.

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  • Intro to Great Books and Composition B (non-credit)

    Introduction To Great Books And Composition B (non-credit)*
    Professor: Dr. Julianna Leachman
    Recommended for Academy students in grades 7-9.

    Introduction to Great Books and Composition B is a college preparatory (non-credit), in-depth literature and writing course that will prepare students to excel in future credit-bearing Academy classes. Students will read and discuss works from authors such as Plato, Shakespeare, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, and more. The class uses a composition handbook for writing instruction, with a particular emphasis on the argumentative essay.

    *This course CANNOT be taken for college credit.

    HBU Campus
    Tuesday/Thursday | 12:30-1:45 pm.
    $800 per year, no college credit.

    Intro to Great Books B Reading List 2022-23

  • BIOL 1404/1004: Introductory Biology + Lab: "Second Saturday Science"

    BIOL 1404/1004: Introductory Biology + Lab
    “Second Saturday Science”
    Professor: Dr. Curtis Henderson
    Recommended for 10th-12th grade students.

    This course is a general survey of biology including the study of plants, animals, ecology, and some marine biology. This course includes three semester hour credits for biology and one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions (total of four semester hour credits). This course cannot be applied toward a biology major.

    This course meets the second Tuesday from 5:00-9:00pm and the second Saturday from 9:00am-1:00pm of each month.

    Schedule:

    Aug. 9 5:00-9:00 pm
    Aug. 13 9:00 am-1:00 pm
    Sept. 13 5:00-9:00 pm
    Sept. 17 9:00 am-1:00 pm
    Oct. 4 5:00-9:00 pm
    Oct. 8 9:00 am-1:00 pm
    Nov. 8 5:00-9:00 pm
    Nov. 12 9:00 am-1:00 pm
    Dec. 6 5:00-9:00 pm
    Dec. 10 9:00 am-1:00 pm
    Jan. 10 5:00-9:00 pm
    Jan. 14 9:00 am-1:00 pm
    Feb. 7 5:00-9:00 pm
    Feb. 11 9:00 am-1:00 pm
    March 7 5:00-9:00 pm
    March 11 9:00 am-1:00 pm
    April 4 5:00-9:00 pm
    April 8 9:00 am-1:00 pm
    May 9 5:00-9:00 pm
    May 13 9:00 am-1:00 pm

    $1333 per year, 4 units of transferable college credit.

    Required Supplies/Materials for BIOL 1404/1004

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  • CNMA 1302: 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 | 9:30-10:45 am
    $1000 per year, 3 units of transferable college credit.

    Required Supplies/Materials for CNMA 1302

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  • ENGL 1313: Composition and Literature I

    English 1313: Composition and Literature I
    Professor: Ty Korsmo
    Recommended for 9th-12th grade students. This course is a pre-requisite for ENGL 1323.

    A student-driven, Socratic-style literature class that integrates training in composition and rhetoric. Students will complete a research paper in MLA format.

    Reading list includes Homer’s The Odyssey, Sophocles’ Antigone, Aristotle’s Poetics, Dante’s The Divine Comedy, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and more.

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

    HBU Campus
    Tuesday/Thursday | 12:30-1:45 pm.

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

    ENGL 1313 Book List 2022-23

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  • ENGL 1323: Composition and Literature II

    ENGL 1323: Composition and Literature II
    Professor: TBD
    Recommended for 11th-12th grade students.

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1313.  Please note, this course can only be taken after successful completion of ENGL 1313 or upon submission of a college transcript showing successful completion of Freshman Composition I.

    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; and interpret literature from a Biblical perspective through the exploration of Biblical archetypes, typology, language constructions, and metaphor in classic works of Western literature. Students will learn to write well-constructed arguments about literature and life in standard English, culminating in a fully developed research paper in MLA format.

    Reading list includes Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale, Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads, Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, selected poems and short stories, and more.

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

    HBU Campus
    Tuesday/Thursday | 12:30-1:45 pm

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

    ENGL 1323 Book List 2022-23

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  • GOVT 2313: American and Texas Government

    GOVT 2313: American and Texas Government
    Professor: Dr. Shannon Holzer
    Recommended for 10th-12th grade students.

    Government 2313 explores the structure and operation of the national and Texas governments by reading and discussing foundational philosophical texts that influenced American democracy. With an emphasis on the US Constitution, the three branches of government, federalism, the concept of limited government, civil rights and civil liberties, students will read original source material, including the entirety of the U.S. Constitution, as they develop a thorough understanding of the specific branches, their powers, and interaction.

    Reading list includes Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Machiavelli’s The Prince, selections from Locke’s Second Treatise on Government, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution, The Texas Declaration of Independence, and more.

    We recommend that the class be counted as high school history credit. Students will earn three undergraduate credit hours in Government 2313 from Houston Baptist University.

    HBU Campus
    Tuesday/Thursday | 9:30-10:45 a.m.

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

    GOVT 2313 Reading List 2022-23

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  • HIST 2311: Western Civilization I

    History 2311: Western Civilization I
    Western Civilization and the Foundations of Europe
    Professor: TBD
    Recommended for 10th-12th grade students.

    A student-driven, Socratic-style history class integrating training in university-level essay writing and a comprehensive understanding of the major shifts of western culture from the Ancient World to the end of the Middle Ages in Europe

    Reading list includes selections from the Pentateuch, Homer’s The Iliad, Thucydides, Augustine’s ConfessionsBeowulf, Anselm’s Proslogion, Erasmus’s Enchiridion, and more.

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

    HBU Campus
    Tuesday/Thursday | 2:00-3:15 pm.

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

    HIST 2311 Book List 2022-23

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  • PHIL 1313: Introduction to Philosophy

    PHIL 1313: Introduction to Philosophy
    Professor: Dr. Rachel Pope
    Recommended for 11th-12th grade students.

    A student-driven, Socratic-style philosophy class designed to familiarize students with the meaning and relevance of philosophy through a study of its main problems and the principal theories that have been proposed as solutions to them.

    Reading list includes Ecclesiastes, Plato’s Republic, St. Gregory of Nyssa’s On the Soul and the Resurrection, Pascal’s Pensées, Darwin’s Descent of Man, Weil’s The Need for Roots, Lewis’s The Abolition of Man, and more.

    We recommend that this course be counted as high school history or English credit. Students will also receive three units of college credit in Philosophy 1313.

    HBU Campus
    Tuesday/Thursday | 11:00am-12:15 pm
    $1000 per year, 3 units of transferable college credit.

    PHIL 1313 Book List 2022-23

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