The History course will explore the development of Civilization from the Enlightenment and Napoleonic Wars in the early 19th century to the Information Age and War on Terror of the 21st Century. The class will emphasize United States History through key eras, including the Civil War, Industrial Revolution, World Wars, and Cold War, as well as a discussion of current affairs of our present day, with a goal of showing how the Great Ideas have influenced the United States and the wider world.
Economics and Ideologies
This will be an exploration of the economic, political and social ideas which have shaped the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Writing, critical thinking and discussion will be encouraged as we examine the ideologies which have shaped our world. Economically, this will include a historical look at economic thinkers from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes, coupled with an overview of macro vs micro economics and key terms such as GDP, GNP, Supply and Demand, Capital, Division of Labor, etc.
Focusing primarily on British and American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, students will cultivate skills to critically read, discuss, and assimilate works within their historical and philosophical context. Additionally, they will gain exposure to concurrent artistic advances, and will develop their writing ability in a variety of styles.
Classical Latin Language
Latin is one of the most important languages young students can study, as it equips them to learnhow to learn any other Western language. Latin, as the mother of the Romance (“Roman”) Languages, makes it particularly easy for students to learn any other Romance tongue: French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Almost 70% of English vocabulary comes from Latin, and by learning Latin grammar, one can master English as well. (Studies indicate that the highest scoring students on the ACT/SAT Verbal sections are those who have taken Latin.) Finally, a student who can read Latin can study the great works of Western Civilization in their original language, including the Wars of Julius Caesar, the Vulgate Bible, the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, and the Principles of Isaac Newton.
Physical Science and Chemistry
Our Science classes are taught with two objectives: 1) to explore Science in a way that honors God as the Creator by acknowledging the universe as His Creation, and 2) to develop a scientific framework that helps students appreciate the complexity and rationality of scientific systems, enabling them to better understand the modern technological world in which we live. The Science classes will be taught with interactive learning labs, which allow students to go beyond the readings to experiment for themselves!
Math lab will allow students to work on their existing curriculum and receive one-on-one guidance from the teacher. We will also provide progress monitoring to help the student to reach his or her desired course goals.
Foundations of Learning
A required course for all full-time freshmen, this class will explore the methods and practices that are required for success both as a BCA student and in life. We will explore principles of critical thinking, the writing process, organization and time management, reading and note taking, and other fundamental skills for effective learning.
This course will include traditional college prep subject matter such as developing transcripts and a portfolio, testing (SAT, ACT, CLEP, PSAT), and applications. However, it will also expand to broader subjects vital for academic success: organizational and time management skills, critical thinking, communication skills, etc.
The term Rhetoric refers to the art of composition as well as presentation. The Rhetoric class will aim at teaching students to develop their communication skills. Ultimately, Rhetoric provides a foundation from which students can use their creativity and personal interests to express themselves. The course will progress through the “5 Cannons of Classical Rhetoric.” Students will have plenty of opportunities to IMITATE and PRACTICE, the two operative words for the course. Students will read and hear the great speeches of Western Civilization, and will strive to emulate the most effective aspects of the best orators. Students will progress through the stages of composition until, by the end of the semester, they have created a masterpiece that they can use as a model for future persuasive writing.