4. VIDEO SHORT COURSES
Video Short Coursess include archived Greatest Books videos produced by the Center for Politics and Christian Civilization. They include self-grading online quizzes and power point presentations.
No schedule is needed: Log on anytime 24/7 at your convenence. Simply use passwords to access, audio, video, quiz, e-book and powerpoint files.
Video Short Courses are available for the study of:
5. GREATEST BOOKS VIDEO COURSES (SHORT TERM)
Greatest Books classes differ from regular classes in that regular courses deal with a subject matter supported by use of several Greatest Books; whereas Greatest Books Courses are focused on the study of one specific book written by one of the Greatest Books authors facilitated by well-known Christian professors.
Greatest Books Videos are collections of half-hour studio productions taught by nationally and internationally known Catholic professors of philosophy, theology, and literature who teach the Greatest Books in areas of their greatest proficiency. These videos are intended to supplement your reading of the Greatest Books in order to increase comprehension and understanding.
Available Greatest Books Videos Include:
G. K. Chesterton taught by Dale Ahlquist
Dale Ahlquist is known worldwide as the Director of the Chesterton Foundation and for his regular appearance on EWTN. His video courses include G.K. Chesterton's "Orthodoxy" and "Heretics".
St Teresa of Avila, Fydor Dostoevsky and Wolfgang von Goethe by Dr. Chervin
Dr. Ronda Chervin among the world's renowned woman philosophers and theologians known for her abilities in spiritual direction, professor of seminarians and also as a regular EWTN personage.
Plato taught by Dr. Richard Geraghty
Dr. Richard Geraghty is a well known for his appearance on EWTN as the "philosophy professor", for his outstanding text on Plato's "Republic" and as a member of the EWTN Board of Catholic Experts.
Saint Louis Marie de Montfort taught by Father Ed Roche SOLT
Father Ed is a priest of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. He is well known for his spiritual direction, for his knowledge of mysticism and his devotion to Our Lady.
Greatest Book Video Collection
Enjoy the Kolbe Collection of interviews and discussion of the above books and professors hosted by Dr. David Marzak, Director of The Kolbe Foundation and Founding Editor of the Greatest Books Program.
Free Greatest Books Videos
Complimentary Samples of each professor are available on their respective pages. Dr. Richard Geraghty - Father Ed Roche - Dr. Ronda Chervin - Mr. Dale Ahlquist
Video courses are available anytime
Access to Videos and Quizzes
Videos and quizzes may be accessed by password and username which are issued upon completion of registration.
Books and Course Readings
HTML Books are available from the course syllabus. E-Books are available for $1.99 from the Kolbe Bookstore.
All books are contained in the Kolbe Library which is available for free to each registered student. E-Books are also available in some courses from the Kolbe Bookstore at $1.99 each and hard copies are also available for some texts at amazon.com. Additional course materials are accessd from professor's syllabi.
Library resources include Kolbe's 101 Greatest Books in Math and Science, Literature, Theology, Philosophy, Politics, History, American Studies and Education as well as a related collection consisting of approximately 2,500 electronic books and documents including: Art Collections, Map Galleries, Papal Encyclicals, Ecclesial History, Ecumenical Councils, Fathers and Doctors of the Church, Chronologies, the Catholic Encyclopaedia, Bible, Code of Canon Law. All resources are available to registered leisure or regular credit students.
The goal of the Greatest Books is acquisition of truth and thinking ability; any gain in these areas means that the student has been successful. No grade can compensate for the wonder and awe that accompany understanding.
Thomas Aquinas reminds us that "the discovery of
truth is itself the fruit of a diligent study." Nothing can compensate for or adequately represent the joy and satisfaction that accompanies such discovery.
Nevertheless, grades are assigned to students taking live classes as detailed on course syallabi.
Transcripts will be issued upon request.
TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID
Tuition is charged for all short term and semester length online courses and for short-term and semester length video courses.
Tuition for Live Courses (Online Courses with Professor)
Live Regular semester long (12-15 week) courses are offered at $99.00 per semester.
Live Short term courses ranging from 3-5 weeks are offered at $49.00 per course.
Tuition for Video Courses
Video semester courses are offered for $39.00.
Short term video courses ranging from 3-5 weeks are available at $12.00 per course
Tuition is payable upon registration.
Scholarships are available upon e-mail request to students from foreign nations experiencing a low exchange rate.
Payment is due at the time of registration. Passwords will not be assigned until payments clear financial processing.
All courses are fully refundable based upon the following schedule:
Semester Long Courses:
100% when withdraw is requested during the first two weeks of classes
75% when withdraw is requested during the third and fourth weeks of classes
50% when withdraw is requested during the fifth and sixth week of classes
25% when withdraw takes place during the seventh week of classes
No refund after the seventh week of classes.
Mini or Short term courses are not refundable
The Greatest Books operates on an open door policy. All leisure and credit students are permitted to undertake higher studies in the liberal arts and humanities.
Students enroll in the online courses by filling out the registration form and submitting it online. The registrar will contact students by e-mail with specific course information and appropriate details to necessary to begin classes.
Home School Students
Home School students seeking credit in a live class must be either in their junior or senior year and have a 2.8 average or above.
For High School Students
Like home school students, high school students wishing to enroll in a Greatest Books semester live class for credit must be in there Junior or Senior year and have at least a 2.8 Grage point average.
For College Students
Currently enrolled college students may take Greatest Books courses as enrichment or as a supplement to their current classes.
For Leisure Education
Leisure students are required to fill out and submit the simple course registration form. Upon processing of the data they will be provided by e-mail with a user name and course password.
Audit students are required to fill out and submit the same simple course registration form. Upon processing of the data they will be provided by e-mail with a username and course password. Audited courses will be indicated on transcripts.
Withdraws or drops from live classes during the first week of regular semester classes will not be recorded on transcripts. A student may withdraw with a WP (withdraw passing) up to the 8th week of classes; after the 8 week mark a WF (withdraw failing) will be assigned. (A short-term student may withdraw at anytime).
Students unable to finish semester long live course work in a given semester may be assigned an I (Incomplete). An incomplete must be finished by the end of the following semester or it will be automatically be converted into an F by the registrar and be recorded as such on the student's transcript.
INTERACTION BETWEEN/AMOUNG STUDENTS AND FACULTY
Interaction consists of live online classroom discussions and scheduled meetings with the professor whose office hours are noted on each course syllabus.
Spontaneous interaction amoung students and faculty occurs via professor blogs available with each course.
Students will need an internet modem connection preferably a cable connection; other older connections are fine for audio but not satisfactory for video even when compressed at very high ratios for slower modems.
Sound cards are needed and an up to date web browser. Most Greatest Books Videos are Quicktime compressions. A media player able to acces Quicktime files is necessary.
Students enrolled in an online class with a professor should have a microphone head set. External speakers cause ringing and course interference.
Dr. David J. P. Marzak
BA University of Notre Dame: Social Science
MAT University of Florida: Political Science
Diploma Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin Poland: Polish Language and Culture
Ed.D University of Florida: Higher Education Leadership
Dr. James Sund
MBA Duke University: Philosophy
Ph.D Duke University: Physics
Mr. Michael Marzak
BA College of Saint Thomas More
GREATEST BOOKS VIDEO COURSE FACULTY
Dr. Ronda Chervin
MA Notre Dame Apostolic Institute: Religious Studies
Ph.D Fordham University: Philosophy
Dr. Richard Geraghty
MA University of Toronto: Philosophy
Ph.D University of Toronto: Philosophy
Mr. Dale Ahlquist
BA Carleton College
Rev. Edward Roche SOLT
Pontifical Universty of St. Thomas Aquinas