Course Listings for 2018-19

Please note: Course cost does not include a $50 registration fee or $100 family technology fee.

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

Meeting days are Tuesday/ Thursday.

Class book lists available here.

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Great Books I

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

Dr. David Grubbs
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 class be counted as both high school English and history credit. Students will also earn three credit hours in English 1313 from Houston Baptist University.

Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

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

GBI book list 2018-2019


Great Books II

History 2311
Western Civilization and the Foundations of Europe  — CLOSED
Dr. David Davis

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, 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 also receive three units of college credit in History 2311 from Houston Baptist University.

Tuesday/Thursday 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

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

GBII book list 2018-2019


Great Books III

Philosophy 1313: Introduction to Philosophy — CLOSED
Politics, Skepticism, and the Novel
Dr. Tyler McNabb

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

Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

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

GBIII book list 2018-2019


Great Books IV

ENGL 1323: Composition and Literature II
The Moderns
Dr. Julianna Leachman

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.

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

Tuesday/Thursday 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

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

GBIV book list 2018-2019


Spanish 1314
Elementary Spanish I 
— CLOSED


Dr. Miguel Estrada

Not open to students with more than two years of high school Spanish or with proficiency level above Novice.

Recommended for 9th – 12th grade students.

This course focuses on achieving beginning proficiency in Spanish, developing the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and showing in the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes. Students learn to use and understand the language necessary for expressing basic needs, wants, and courtesies. Vocabulary and structures for meeting immediate survival needs are practiced. Students begin to gain insights into Hispanic cultural values and patterns of daily life.

Students will earn three  college credits in Spanish from Houston Baptist University.

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

Tuesday/Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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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 receive three units of transferable college credit in History 2313 from Houston Baptist University.

Tuesday/Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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

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History 2323
US History from 1877  — CLOSED

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 receive three units of transferable college credit in History 2323 from Houston Baptist University.

Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

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

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

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 dual-credit classes, such as Plato, Hopkins, Alcott, Aristotle, and St. Paul. The class also uses Harvey’s English Grammar for composition lessons, with a particular emphasis on the argumentative essay.  This course is middle school/junior high school level cannot be taken for high school or college credit.

T/R |  12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

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$800 per year

Intro GB-B book list 2018-2019


 


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