For those who are interested in pursuing our online Great Books program, the following list of potential classes will provide you with a framework for what we do! There are variations on these that can be made, and this is only some of the possibilities–there are many more out there! For a group of 5 the cost is $150 per meeting.
Classic Histories, Part I: Greece
A 10-week course taking learners through the great works of classical history, ranging from Herodotus to Plutarch, this work covers events which have been portrayed in films and literature and which have relevance to the issues of today. These works discuss everything ranging from political theory to the weight of money and approaches to war and peace, providing complete lenses into the inner workings of civilizations of great renown. This course is reading-intensive but extremely rewarding.
Classic Histories, Part II: early Rome
A 10-week course taking learners through great works of classical history, especially those of Livy and Plutarch, this course covers the development of the great Roman Republic up to the defeat of Catiline’s Conspiracy by the wiles of Cicero. Watch the plebians and patricians battle for control of the government and the legions conquer neighboring territories, and admire the Roman conception of manhood.
Classic Histories, Part III: The Roman Empire
A 10-week course taking learners through the great works of classical history, especially those of Julius Caesar, Tacitus, Suetonius, Josephus, Plutarch, and Ammianus Marcellinus, this course examines the early Roman Empire, emphasizing the change in political structure and socialization that occur after the age of Augustus. See the rise of the informer class, the emergence of early Christianity, the revolts of various provinces, and the emerging conflicts between consolidators of Imperial power and exponents of ancient Roman liberty.
Histories by Participants
A 10-week course covering the works of Thucydides, Xenophon, Julius Caesar, Josephus, Ammianus Marcellinus, Theodore Roosevelt, and Leon Trotsky examines the decision-making powers that lead to political and social prominence. These classic histories remain among the finest works to read and study, and present the unique opportunity to learn straight from the hands of intellectual and political giants.
Masterpieces by World Leaders
A 15-week course covering the works of Cicero, Julius Caesar, Marcus Aurelius, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Calhoun, Jefferson Davis, Woodrow Wilson, Lenin, and Winston Churchill, this is a more wide-ranging alternative to the Histories by Participants course. Ranging from speeches to memoirs to history to philosophy to political theory, this collection of texts shows the range of talents and abilities held by the finest men of their times and places.
American Leaders and Their Thoughts
A 10-week course covering the work of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John C. Calhoun, Frederick Douglass, Jefferson Davis, Woodrow Wilson, and Teddy Roosevelt, this course will provide you with a deep look at the visions and ideals behind American governance, both on the domestic and foreign fronts.
Parallel Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
This school year-long course is geared towards middle and high school students who stand to benefit from a study of comparative character. With readings between 10 and 50 pages per week, students will gain valuable factual material for writing, important reading comprehension ability, and an essential perspective on how to best conduct themselves in their lives.
Political Theory from Plato to Machiavelli
An 8-week course designed to guide learners through the great early works on government, from Plato and Aristotle to the Bible and the great Florentine political thinkers, this course displays the limitations of each style of government and seeks to provide learners with clarity on matters of common discussion.
Political Theory from More to Rousseau
A 10-week course designed to guide learners through the social contract thinkers, this course examines why men enter into agreements to form society and how much control the executive should exercise over the conduct of that society, looking at the works of Thomas More, Jean Bodin, Junius Brutus, Johannes Althusius. Thomas Hobbes, John Milton, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
The Federalist Papers
A school year-long course geared towards middle and high school students, this course will instruct them in the fundamentals of American governance, including checks and balances, historical comparisons with previous republics, and the general assumptions about human nature that formed the backbone of the Constitution. An essential study for anyone who wishes their son or daughter to be a good, informed American citizen!
Political Theory from Burke to Orwell
A 10-week course examining the development of government from the French Revolution to the outbreak of the Cold War, learners will see the rise of democracy and some less pleasant semi-democratic forms of government. An essential course for anyone interested in the development and workings of modern government, we will look at the works of Edmund Burke, Alexis de Tocqueville, John C. Calhoun, John Stuart Mill, Walter Bagehot, Vladimir Lenin, and George Orwell.
Great Epic Poems on Classical Antiquity
A 10-week course covering this most complete genre of literature, this course will emphasize the works of Homer, Virgil, Lucan, and Chaucer. Students will learn how literature examines society and will consider literary devices to a limited degree. A fascinating course, the ideas presented here remain highly relevant in an age which has lost touch with the study of them.
Great Epic Poems on topics from Antiquity to the Civil War
A 10-week course, this will emphasize the anonymous medieval epics and the works of Dante, Milton, and Benet. Rife with political and social ideas, these works are exceedingly relevant and influential, not only for literary scholars but for politicians and journalists as well.
Ancient Philosophical Schools
A 10-week course covering the Academics, Peripatetics, Epicureans, Stoics, and more, this study will yield tremendous insights into practical behavioral ethics. Everyone who seeks to improve themselves will receive tremendous benefits from this course.
Secondary Works of the Great Authors
A 12-week course covering great secondary works by the likes of Machiavelli, Chaucer, Adam Smith, John Locke, Hawthorne, and others, this course is a fascinating hodgepodge of relevant and entertaining ideas.
A 10-week course covering the likes of Erasmus, Cervantes, Pascal, Swift, Pope, Fielding, and Twain, this offering will slake your latent need for humor. You, too, can be the most interesting man in the world.
Who led the United States? How did they get to that position, and what did they do with it? What did they do after (if they lived to finish the job)? This two-year course will examine biographies of every President, looking at their upbringings and backgrounds, the times in which they lived, their campaign tactics and political emphases, and their personal lives as adults.
Modern American Political History
This school year-long course will examine the major works of Bob Woodward, beginning with his exposure of the Watergate scandal and including his analysis of both Gulf Wars, the Clinton and George W. Bush Presidencies, and the emergence of the Tea Party in the last half-decade. Students will learn about the influence of localism, the role of lobbyists both domestic and foreign, the range of the executive branch of the federal government, and the relationships between various presidents and the Congresses they worked with.
Our 71-week (two school years-long) capstone course covers the amazing work of Edward Gibbon, whose History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire remains the greatest historical and literary masterpiece ever crafted. We will study this one chapter per week (with appropriate breaks for rest and recovery), sifting through the lessons of several centuries of history as recorded by hundreds of observers and processed by Gibbon. No work is more inspiring, or more complete and thorough, than this one, and no effort carries greater reward than the study of it!
Individual Authors of Choice
A 10-week course can be prepared examining a specific author of choice upon inquiry.