Course Listings for 2021-2022 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.

Following university directives, all Academy classes are currently offering a remote learning option. However, remote delivery is subject to change. Visit HBU.edu/HuskyStrong for COVID-related precautions, information, and updates.

Book lists are available here: 2021-2022 Academy Book Lists

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

    Introduction To Great Books And Composition B*
    (recommended for 8th grade)

    Introduction to Great Books and Composition B is a college preparatory, in depth literature and writing course.  Student will read and discuss works from authors such as Plato, G. K. Chesterton, J. R. Tolkein, and C. S. Lewis. The class also uses Harvey’s English Grammar for composition lessons, with a particular emphasis on the argumentative essay.

    HBU Campus
    T/R |  11:00-12:15 p.m.
    $800 per year

    Intro to Great Books B Reading List 2021-2022

  • 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.

    Required Supplies/Materials for CNMA 1302

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

  • Great Books I: Composition and Literature I

    Great Books 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, The Three Theban Plays, 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.

    HBU Campus
    T/R | 12:30-1:45 pm.

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

    GBI Book List 2021-2022

  • Great Books II: Western Civilization I

    Great Books II
    History 2311: Western Civilization and the Foundations of Europe
    Recommended for 9th-12th 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, The Faerie Queen, John Calvin, Erasmus, 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.

    HBU Campus
    T/R | 2:00-3:15 pm.

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

    GBII book list 2021-2022

  • Great Books III: Introduction to Philosophy

    Great Books III
    PHIL1313: Introduction to Philosophy
    (Recommended for 11th and 12th grades.)

    A student-driven, Socratic-style classroom environment, with a special emphasis in the literature of the modern period. 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 modern era.

    Reading list includes: 2nd Treatise on Government, Meditations on First Philosophy, The Social Contract, Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, Utilitarianism, Sense and Sensibility, Middlemarch, The Idylls of the King, and Frankenstein.

    We recommend students get credit for both high school English and History. Students will also receive three units of college credit in Philosophy 1313.

    HBU Campus
    T/R |
    9:30-10:45 a.m.

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

    GBIII Book List 2021-2022

  • Great Books IV: Composition and Literature II

    Great Books IV
    ENGL 1323: Composition and Literature II, The Moderns
    (Recommended for 11th and 12th grades.)

    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.

    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.

    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.

    HBU Campus
    T/R | 12:30-1:45
    p.m.

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

    GBIV book list 2021-2022

  • US History to 1877

    HIST 2313: US History to 1877

    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 should receive high school credit for American History, and will also receive three units of transferable college credit in History 2313 from Houston Baptist University.

    HBU Campus
    T/R | 9:30-10:45 a.m.

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

    HIST 2313 Reading List 2021-2022