Kolbe's Greatest Books House of Studies
Liberal Arts and Humanities Program

(2014-2015  Catalog)

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Politics and Christian Civ. Courses

Greatest Books Video Courses

Mission Statement

How Does it all Work?

Types of Courses

Live Courses

Access to Videos
Online Quizzes

Class Times
Assignments
Grades
Books
Transcripts

Video Courses

Class Times
Access to Materials
Books
Transcripts

Course Descriptions

Library Resources

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition
Tuition Assistance
Payment Policy
Live Courses
Video Courses

Refunds

Admissions Policy

Academic Requirements
Application Procedure
High School
College Students
Leisure Education
Audit

Withdraw Policy

Faculty Student Interaction

Faculty Credentials

Equipment Requirements

MISSION STATEMENT

The Greatest Books derive their ultimate mission from the mandate given to the Apostles by the Risen Christ, "Go, teach all nations."  Being a Catholic liberal arts program in the natural law tradition, The Greatest Books are an encounter with truth manifest in multitudinous forms in the various branches of learning: math/science; social/behavioral science; fine arts/humanities; enlightened by the necessary and dynamic interplay between philosophy and theology, faith and reason, fides et ratio

HOW DOES IT WORK?

1. The Greatest Books begins with choosing either a short-term or semester-long LIVE COURSE or a short-term or semester long VIDEO COURSE.

This is followed by registration:

2. The registration process consists of filling out a simple online form and submitting it to the registrar.

3. Courses are paid for electronically.

4. Once enrolled students receive e-mail confirmation along with a class schedule, username and password necessary for access to class rooms, discussion groups, e-books, video lectures, online quizzes and related course materials.

Kolbe's Greatest Books - Politics - and Christian Civ. courses are divided into Live and Video (non-live) courses.


LIVE COURSES

Live courses meet for either a full semester or for a shorter period of 2-5 weeks depending on the subject matter.

Live courses occur in an online classroom twice a week for an hour. These are regular classes in which the professor teaches the lesson, deepens understanding, and facilitates discussion on lesson topics.

Online Quizzes

Students in these classes may take the online quizzes. They are optional and will not count towards a grade unless otherwise specified by the professor. Quizzes are password protected - passwords will be forwarded as part of the registration process.

Videos

Half hour videos are available for various classes as an aid to learning. They are not required viewing for online classroom learning.

Assignments

Classroom assignments are indicated on syllabus. They consist of readings, papers, quizzes, tests and other projects as assigned by professor.

Class Times

Classes meet as scheduled.

Grades

Grades are determined by a formula using test scores, quiz scores and paper grades as indicated on the professor's syllabus.

Books and Course Readings

HTML Books are available from the course syllabus. E-Books are available in some courses for $1.99 from the Kolbe Bookstore.

Transcripts

Transcripts are recorded and retained. They are available upon request.

VIDEO COURSES

Video Courses meet for either a full-semester or for a shorter period of 2-5 weeks depending on the subject matter. Courses are available anytime at the student's convenience. They consist of half-hour archived videos, quizzes, html and electronic books and supporting class materials.

Class Times
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 in some courses for $1.99 from the Kolbe Bookstore.

Transcripts

Transcripts are recorded and retained. They are available upon request.

TYPES OF LIVE AND VIDEO COURSES OFFERED

Students may attend either a Live or a Video Course:

1. Live Online Semester Long (12-15 weeks) Politics and Christian Civ. classes with a professor

2. Live Online Short-Term(2-5 weeks) Politics and Christian Civ. Classes with a professor

They also have a choice of taking:

3. Video Semester Long Politics and Christian Civ. Classes
4. Video Short-Term Politics and Christian Civ. Classes
5. Video Short-Term Greatest Books video classes


1. POLITICS AND CHRISTIAN CIV. LIVE ONLINE SEMESTER COURSES

Live Semester Courses are regular 12-15 week live meetings with a college professor in an online classroom twice per week for 60 minutes each.

Classrooms are equipped with white board and advanced audio capability
that enables students to communicate in real-time with each other and with the professor, to answer questions, make text or audio comments, view power point presentations, add comments to the white board or see notes written there by the professor.

Students enter classrooms through a portal located on the course syllabus where they enter their user name and password.

2. LIVE ONLINE SHORT TERM COURSES IN POLITICS AND CHIRSTIAN CIV.

Live Short Courses meet in an online classroom for two to five week with a college professor in real time. The Classes run for an hour once or twice per week depending on the schedule

Live Short Courses are available for the study of:

Classrooms are equipped with white board and advanced audio capability that enables students to communicate in real-time with each other and with the professor, to answer questions, make text or audio comments, view powerpoint presentations, add comments to the white board or see notes written there by the professor.

Students enter classrooms through a portal located on the course syllabus. To see portal and schedule a meeting with professor click on above links.

3. VIDEO SEMESTER LONG POLITICS AND CHRISTIAN CIV COURSES:

These courses include archived videos produced by the Center for Politics and Christian Civilization. They also include self-grading online quizzes and powerpoint presentations.

No schedule is needed: Log on anytime at your convenience. Simply use passwords to access, audio, video, quiz, e-book and powerpoint files.

Semester Long Video Courses are available for the study of:

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

Class Times

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.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Books

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

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.

Grades

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

Transcripts will be issued upon request.


TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID

Tuition

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.

Tuition Assistance

Scholarships are available upon e-mail request to students from foreign nations experiencing a low exchange rate.

Payment Policy
Payment is due at the time of registration. Passwords will not be assigned until payments clear financial processing.


REFUNDS

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 Courses:

    Mini or Short term courses are not refundable


ADMISIONS POLICY

Academic Requirements
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. 

Application Procedure
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.

For Audit  
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.

Withdraw Policy 

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.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS  

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.

FACULTY

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
MA Hamline University

Rev. Edward Roche SOLT
MA Theology
Pontifical Universty of St. Thomas Aquinas


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