Favorite Classes in High School
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”Mahatma Gandhi
Below you will find a list of some favorite classes I had the blessing to take during high school. The courses are all from dual enrollment programs in which I was involved. In a later post, I plan to discuss my experiences as a homeschooled student. For now, I hope you enjoy reading through the list!
Psychology & Philosophy
Psychology introduced students to the basic concepts of psychology, with a particular emphasis given to various theories. The course focused on studying human behavior, sensation and perception, emotions, learning and cognition, and development and personality. Philosophy covered epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, and the problem of evil. What I loved about these courses was that they evaluated the material from a biblical perspective.
Hermeneutics & Old Testament Survey
In Hermeneutics, we studied the transmission and translation of the English Bible and the principles and procedures of interpretation and application. Old Testament Survey II previewed the poetic and prophetic books of the OT (Job through Malachi), examining critical, historical, hermeneutical, and theological issues. Both classes significantly aided me in studying the Bible for myself, as they equipped me with knowledge, tools, and resources previously unknown and incredibly useful.
In English, we read, discussed, and analyzed the significant literary accomplishments of Western Civilization. World History overviewed the major movements and developments throughout the Western World, from philosophy and religion to military exploits and territorial exploration. In Art Appreciation, we took an in-depth look into all of the major art movements and artists of Western culture.
Biblical Permeation: C. S. Lewis, with Brian Hudson
In this course, we surveyed the life, worldview, and writings of C. S. Lewis. The class focused on Lewis’s impact on learning and apologetics in a postmodern culture. Our goal was to sample different genres and identify the consistent themes and ideas found in Lewis’s thoughts, imaginings, and beliefs. Students were challenged to consider imagination’s importance for faith, the benefit of studying–and enjoying–Pagan literature and Myth, and the value of good arguments, among other topics. The capstone project involved communicating the ideas and worldview of Lewis within multiple worldview frameworks, utilizing whatever methods we chose.
Digital Storytelling, with Craig Dehut
Under Mr. Dehut, I learned the art of telling a compelling story with video by discovering the fundamentals of storytelling, video production, and digital distribution… using only my smartphone camera and a few apps. We delved into film terminology, theory, and technique in the pursuit of telling stories that will change people. For the capstone project, students were responsible for finding a great story to tell. We then had to assemble a video interview, complete with soundtrack and B roll.
Emotional Intelligence, with Susan Rozzi
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a set of emotional and social skills that influence how we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain relationships, cope with challenges, and use emotional information in a useful and meaningful way. This course aided me in self-knowledge as well as social understanding. It highlighted how EQ can change over time and its impact on success in one’s career and life. The capstone project forced all the students to “beef up” their EQ and learn how they personally function within their emotions.
Entrepreneurship, with Steve Richards
This course taught how to rapidly develop and test ideas by gathering marketplace feedback and searching for the unmet needs of customers. I learned the fundamentals of innovation and entrepreneurship along with the skills necessary to run a competitive business able to flourish in today’s global economy. For the capstone project, students chose from their weekly international and domestic opportunities and prepared, practiced, and pitched a business plan to a panel of professionals in the AU Sweat Tank competition.
Film in Dialogue, with Brian Hudson
In Film in Dialogue, we systematically analyzed cinema as a modern art form, its impact on today’s culture, and the Christian’s engagement with film. The course combined biblical principles with rational insights to address ethical, theological, and worldview issues in cinema from a Christian perspective. We did watch movies during class, but they were always challenging films, providing ample material for dialogue, contemplation, and digestion. Students learned how to develop and defend personal criteria for rating movies in the capstone project.