From one of our first students…If it’s anybody’s fault that I’m doing this crazy PhD thing now, it’s you – Great Books opened the lid of my world and set me on fire. I’m forever grateful for the program and the education I received from it; it is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received, and one that continually bears fruit and enriches my life in new and beautiful ways. I can never repay you for believing that 15-year-olds are capable of reading as much as graduate students! In a way my serious relationship to the Western canon began 15 years ago, in your classroom. This led to my place now, as a sort of professional bookworm. My life as it stands is pretty great, and I owe a lot of where I am now to you. Thank you so much for teaching. Pax, Kelsey B.
COLLEGE CREDITS: Our students may earn from 1-75 college credits while home schooling (in grades 9-12) or while in high school, or later. They may earn their accredited Associate’s degree (from Holy Apostles College -requires 60 credits) while in high school or home school (grades 9-12, or later), or they may take individual college-level courses for transfer elsewhere – to other of the hundreds of colleges and universities that accept ACE recommended credits. Students who earn their Associate’s degree while in home school (grades 9-12) or high school, may earn a further 15 credits then as well, enabling them to complete 75 credits towards their accredited bachelor’s degree (requires 120 credits) – that is nearly 2/3rds of their bachelor’s degree, for a fraction of the cost elsewhere.
A PATH FOR HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS TO EARN ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES
[May 3, 2016. Cromwell, CT.] Holy Apostles College & Seminary and the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program announce a path for qualified home schooled students to earn Associate’s degrees (A.A.) at the completion of 12th grade, and a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) by age 19.
Holy Apostles’ Associate’s degrees require 60 credits. Students who begin the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies, four-year, Great Books Program in 9th grade (minimum age 14, and up), may transfer 45 credits completed from that four-year program to Holy Apostles College. Holy Apostles allows home schoolers and 11th and 12th grade high school students (with a minimum 2.5 GPA) to take 15 (or more) credits online or on campus. Combined, this allows home school students to earn a total of 60 college credits by their May completion of 12th grade (or to reach that goal during that summer term if they wish). Such students may then enroll in the Holy Apostles Associate’s degree program that same month (May), and receive their A.A. degree in Liberal Arts at the Summer term graduation in September of the same year.
Holy Apostles also accepts the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program’s four, Theology Online courses, taught by Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., Th.D. (himself a student of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) for three college credits each. Those 12 theology credits, combined with three years of the Great Books Program, and 15 credits from Holy Apostles online or on campus, allows home schooled students to earn a total of 60 college credits by their May completion of 12th grade (or to reach that goal during that summer if they wish). Such students may then enroll in the Holy Apostles Associate’s degree program that same month (May), and receive their A.A. degree in Theology at the Summer term graduation in September of the same year. The graduation fee is $125, payable at the time students submit their graduation application
The Great Books Program and the Theology Online courses were reviewed by the American Council on Education college credit recommendation service (ACE CREDIT), which recommended the Great Books Program for 6 college credits for each semester of the program – 48 college credits in all. ACE CREDIT recommended the Theology Online courses for three credits per course, 12 college credits in all. All 60 such credits are accepted for transfer by Holy Apostles.
Those 60 credits are also applicable towards Holy Apostles Bachelor’s degrees (B.A.s) in Theology, Philosophy, English in the Humanities, and History in the Social Studies.
In 1983 the late, great philosopher convert and educational reformer, Dr. Mortimer J. Adler wrote: “I have been conducting seminars for 60 years now, with students in high schools and colleges and with adults who have engaged in the reading and discussion of great books or who have been participants in the Aspen Executive Seminars. Long experience has convinced me that seminar teaching, on the Greek or Socratic model, not the German (lecture) one, belongs not only in the colleges, but should be carried on also in high schools, where students have proved every bit as able to profit from seminars that I have conducted as have their college counterparts–have shown themselves even better participants in some ways. The high school students did just as well; in fact, having had less schooling, they were somewhat less inhibited in discussion.”
Renowned Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain held virtually the identical view as Dr. Adler: “I advance the opinion, incidentally, that, in the general educational scheme, it would be advantageous to hurry the four years of college, so that the period of undergraduate studies would extend from sixteen to nineteen. The B.A. would be awarded at the end of the college years [thus at 19 years of age], as crowning the humanities…”
Students who complete all 60 credits of the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program (i.e., the Great Books courses and Theology Online courses), and earn 15 credits from Holy Apostles online during their 11th and 12th grades, would have earned a total of 75 college credits towards the 120 required for a bachelor’s degree. If such students enrolled in five courses for a total of 15 credits per semester, for three semesters (e.g., Summer, Fall and Spring), they could complete their bachelor’s degrees within one year of completion of high school. Such students could earn a B.A. by age 19 if they graduate from home or high school at age 18.
Holy Apostles College & Seminary and the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program are both recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society’s The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.
Holy Apostles College & Seminary is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and by the State of Connecticut Board of Higher Education.
Ignatius-Angelicum Great Books Program Fall classes begin September 1, 2016. For information, or to enroll now in the Great Books or Theology Online classes, visit angelicum.net or contact 410.282.6172 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Weary of the high and ever-increasing costs of college? Not convinced a young adult must live on a campus, often distant from family, to gain a valuable education? Think faith in Jesus Christ should be at the center of everything at a learning institution? The Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program and Holy Apostles College & Seminary believe education should be faithful to the Magisterium, accessible to all, and affordable. It should not result in decades of debt unnecessarily burdening their lives and the lives of their families and narrowing their options in employment and life – education should help free them from that, not cause it.
Our mission is to cultivate and educate Catholic leaders.The Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program offers Great Books courses open to secondary level students (9th-12th grades and up) largely put together by the late, great,convert Dr. Mortimer Adler who called these classic works the Great Books, the works of the great saints, sages and scholars of Western civilization. The Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program (“LSP”) program was launched by Fr. Joseph Fessio, Th.D., founder of Ignatius Press, a former student of Pope Benedict XVI, and Patrick S.J. Carmack, J.D., founder of the Angelicum Academy and Great Books Academy, both longtime leaders in sound, orthodox, Catholic education. Together they offer 48 college credits in the Great Books courses + 12 college credits of Theology Online = 60 college credits. LSP courses may be taken for high school and/or college credit. The American Council on Education has formally recommended these courses to its 2,000 member colleges and universities, for a total of 60 college credit hours – that’s two years of college, at a fraction of the on-campus cost.
The tuition is low, a fraction that of other colleges—a four-year degree costs what many colleges cost in a single year—and we offer flexibility. Students taking online courses with the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program may earn up to 60 college credits in high school, and then complete a fully accredited Bachelor’s degree by earning the final 60 college credits from Holy Apostles College & Seminary, online or on campus. Think of the ingenuity of online classical education as an extension of homeschool—we bring the best of the old methods and teach them in the light of new technology.
Students interested in applying for courses at, or transferring Angelicum credits to Holy Apostles College & Seminary should simply call the Holy Apostles Admissions Office at 860-632-3066.