The following is a comprehensive of all of my online classes available through Homeschool Connections. All classes are high school unless they specifically say “Middle School.” All classes are one semester long with the exception of those marked with an asterisk*. Most classes here are available only on recording; a few are being offered live. Please note this page only provides the most basic information about classes; for course materials, homework requirements, availability, pricing, and registration, please visit the Homeschool Connections Unlimited Access page, or the Homeschool Connections catalog page.
Beginning in the ashes of the Civil War, this course takes students through the industrial revolution and into modern America, helping them understand complex events as the rise of American industrialism, the Great Depression, the Cold War, Vietnam War, cultural revolution of the 1960's, America's involvement in the Middle East and much more, highlighting issues of particular interest to Catholics. Includes an optional Honor's Track.
This course will take students through the formative years of our continent, beginning with the Spanish and Portuguese explorations of the New World, leading up through the settlements of Jamestown, Plymouth, and the Jesuit missions in New France, and culminating in the great war for the continent waged between France and Britain from 1755 to 1763, setting the stage for the American War of Independence one decade later, highlighting specifically the contributions made by Catholics in the settlement of North America.
This class will lead students from America's War of Independence to the surrender of Lee at Appomattox, focusing on the concepts of regionalism and nationalism as the United States develops throughout the 19th century, and highlighting the contributions of Catholics to our nation's development.
This final course in Mr. Campbell's U.S. History series follows the fortunes of the United States from its position of unrivaled global supremacy at the end of the Cold War, through the boom of the 90's and into the post-9/11 world. This class will help students understand contemporary national and global events in light of the historic and cultural shifts of the past 25 years.
Following the outline of the popular From Sea to Shining Sea textbook, Mr. Phillip Campbell guides Middle School students from the European discovery of America, the foundation of the United States, through the Gold Rush and the years leading up to the Civil War.
Following the outline of the popular From Sea to Shining Sea textbook, Mr. Phillip Campbell picks up from the years before the Civil War and guides Middle School students through the nation's emergence as an industrial power and its role in the pivotal events of the 20th century, leading to the end of the Cold War.
This four week course will help students understand one of the most pivotal events in American history, the Great Depression. We will examine the development of banking in the United States as a backdrop to the events of 1929, study the Wall Street Crash of October 29th,1929 and its consequences and follow the unfolding of the Depression around the world and the United States' attempt to mitigate the disaster. This class will also lead students in comparing the financial markets of 1929 to those of today and speculate on whether or not another disaster of the magnitude of the Depression could happen again.
This foundational course in world history will introduce students to the world's first great civilizations. Focus will be on Mesopotamia, Egypt, China and Persia, but we will also briefly visit ancient Anatolia, Assyria, India and Palestine. Students will learn about the material culture, political history, intellectual life, religious customs and contributions of each society to the advancement of civilization. In addition, ancient religions will be critically examined in their negative elements as perversions of natural law and in their positive elements as preparatio evangelica, preparations for the Gospel.
This foundational course in world history will introduce students to the world's first great civilizations. Focus will be on Mesopotamia, Egypt, China and Persia, but we will also briefly visit ancient Anatolia, Assyria, India and Palestine. Students will learn about the material culture, political history, intellectual life, religious customs and contributions of each society to the advancement of civilization. In addition, ancient religions will be critically examined in their negative elements as perversions of natural law and in their positive elements as preparatio evangelica, preparations for the Gospel. Grades 7-8 recommended.
The Ancient World Part 1 will introduce students to the world's first cultures in the Near East and trace the development of civilization through Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Fertile Crescent. The course will study both the politics and culture of these ancient cultures--including ancient Israel--and will set the stage for the study of Greece and Rome in the second part of the course.
This course combines Greek and Roman history for a comprehensive study of the classical world, which provided the cultural and political foundation of Christendom.
This course will immerse students in the life and thought of the ancient Greeks, the founders of western civilization. The course will trace the history of the Greek peoples from their origins as bronze age warriors through their path to democracy and the ascendancy of the Greek empires under Athens and later Alexander. We will also focus considerably on the contributions of the Greeks to philosophy, politics and architecture and read primary sources from ancient Greek authors like Herodotus, Polybius, Plato and Euripedes.
This course will immerse students in the life and thought of the ancient Greeks, the founders of western civilization. The course will trace the history of the Greek peoples from their origins as bronze age warriors through their path to democracy and the ascendancy of the Greek empires under Athens and later Alexander. We will also focus considerably on the contributions of the Greeks to philosophy, politics and architecture.
This class traces the origins and development of the Roman people from their birth as an iron age tribe on the banks of the Tiber to their emergence as a world empire. Besides conventional history, the course will also look at the cultural life of the Romans (religion, art, literature) as well as show how the early Church was born out of the Roman milieu of the first, second and third centuries. Towards the last few weeks, Roman history and Church history fuse together as the world transitions from Rome to the Middle Ages.
This course will guide students through the history of the ancient world from Israel through the conversion of Rome with an emphasis on how the cultures of the classical world set the stage for the coming of Christ. Particular focus will be on ancient Persia, Greece, and Rome. Students will also study the characteristics of the Early Church and follow the growth of Christianity through the Roman persecutions to the conversion of Constantine. The course will follow closely the outline in Dr. Warren Carroll's book The Founding of Christendom.
This class traces the origins and development of the Roman people from their birth as an iron age tribe on the banks of the Tiber to their emergence as a world empire. Besides conventional history, the course will also look at the cultural life of the Romans (religion, art, literature) as well as show how the early Church was born out of the Roman culture of the first, second and third centuries. Towards the last few weeks, Roman history and Church history fuse together as the world transitions from Rome to the Middle Ages.
This course will acquaint students with a basic introduction to the political and cultural history of the Byzantine Empire. Major dates, persons, battles, and events will all be covered, as well as important cultural and religious ideas. This course will help students better understand the Christian heritage of the east and Byzantium's continuing influence on Christendom. Uses Dr. Warren Treadgold's A Concise History of Byzantium.
This course studies the Middle Ages from a perspective of the contributions of the Catholic religion to the cultural, political, intellectual, and artistic life of the Middle Ages. This is not a comprehensive political medieval history course, but rather a religious history course on the development of Catholicism throughout the medieval era.
Middle School Medieval History provides a comprehensive overview of the European Middle Ages. Beginning with the Fall of Rome in the 5th century, this course will guide students through the formative events of the Middle Ages up until the dawn of the Renaissance. The course will cover important political developments, as well as cultural trends, literature, and interesting personalities of the period. Special consideration will be given to the influence of the Catholic Church on the formation of medieval life.
Medicine, Invention, and Technology in the Middle Ages is a fresh look at medieval history through the lens of science. Too often the medieval period is depicted as one of ignorance, superstition, and technological backwardness. This class will acquaint students with many valuable scientific advances of the Middle Ages and demonstrate that the medieval era was actually a time of dynamic discovery and innovation.
Age of Faith focuses on the formative period of the Middle Ages, from the Edict of Milan to the defeat of the Muslim armies at Tours. Students will learn how the Roman Empire morphed into the kingdoms of medieval Europe, how the Catholic Church helped shape the development of these kingdoms, and about the most prominent men, women, and saints who shaped the culture.
“The City of God: the High Middle Ages” is the continuation to “Age of Faith.” This course will give students an extremely in depth study of the full flowering of medieval civilization during the period known as the High Middle Ages. Our class will study the politics, ideology, art, and literature of medieval Europe from the 8th-13th centuries.
High school students will analyze the causes and outcomes of the Protestant Revolt and will get an in-depth analysis of the important personalities of the period, coupled with a philosophical explication of their varied ideologies; a Catholic apologetic to Protestant doctrines will also be present throughout the series. We will begin by looking at the precursors to the Revolt, beginning in the aftermath of the Western Schism, and will end with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 at the end of the last of the religious wars. There will also be an emphasis on the importance of the "Counter-Reformation" within the Catholic Church and how it shaped Catholic identity for the succeeding centuries.
As Europe recovers from the age of the religious wars, advances in science and the opening up of the New World will lead to new challenges that will first strain and then finally break the old order of Christendom and lead to the emergence of the modern world.
This class will acquaint students with the people, movements and events that have contributed to the formation of Modern Europe, defined as the period of the French Revolution to the present. Economic, political, military and ideological trends will be examined with an aim of helping students understand the problems of contemporary Europe and those areas once under European control.
Beginning with the closing days of the Ottoman Empire, students will learn how imperialism, nationalism, and other movements shaped the formation of the contemporary Middle East, with the goal of giving students a greater understanding of the current situation in this volatile part of the world.
Philosophy, but also part history, this course introduces students to the most influential thinkers and philosophical systems of modernity. The course evaluates each system in light of Christian revelation and help students to see the connection between these philosophies and the contemporary world. Note: This class can alternately be classes as philosophy.
Americans routinely hear about problems all over the globe, but seldom do we have the historical hindsight to understand the origin of these conflicts. In The History of Latin America, students will survey of the history and culture of Central and South America, from the Spanish and Portuguese colonial period through the age of the revolutions and into the region's troubled modern period. Focus will be on South and Central America but will also touch on the Caribbean with an emphasis on illustrating how the region's past relates to its modern character.
This course is a general study of the political history of Australia. It will cover pre-European aboriginal culture and settlements, the arrival of Europeans, the colonization of Australia, the period of colonial self-government, the growth of Australian democracy towards Dominion status, Australia in world affairs, and contemporary issues in Australian society. We will also discuss the role of the Catholic Church in Australian history.
To understand contemporary Japan, we need to first go back in time. Register for this world history course to learn the historical development of Japan, including its interactions with other nations, its culture, politics, religious implications, and more.
This course will introduce students to the basic concepts of archaeology, one of the most important disciplines in the study of history. Archaeological principles will be discussed and demonstrated in case studies of some of the world's most famous ancient sites. Students will put their learning to work by writing a paper on an archaeological site of their choosing.
This class will use the chronology of biblical history to acquaint students with some of the most important archaeological sites of the Holy Land. The content of this class will be based on four interrelated components: Geography: Instruction on the geography of the Holy Land and the greater Middle East  Archaeology: An introduction to the principles of basic archaeological methodology in theory and practice  Apologetics: Demonstrations of how archaeological research has generally confirmed the biblical narratives  History: Using the schema of salvation history as a pattern through which to learn about geography and archaeology.
This course will teach students about the surface of the planet Earth. Students learn how Earth's natural systems interact and how to classify the different physical attributes of our planet.
Political geography studies the world from a geo-political perspective, focusing on educating students on the political boundaries and capitals of the countries of the world on a regional basis. Natural resources, regional topography, environment, economy, and culture will also be touched on.
This intensive 14-week course will introduce students to the principles of formal logic as presented in the book Traditional Logic: Introduction to Formal Logic by Memoria Press. The aim of formal logic is to teach students how to think properly, focusing on the consistency and process of argumentation (the content of argumentation will be covered in material logic).
This class is geared toward providing young people with a holistic approach towards economic principles based on six objectives: (1) introducing students to basic economic principles such as supply and demand, competition, etc. (2) studying the lives and thoughts of eminent economists (3) introducing principles of personal financial management (budgeting, frugality, etc.) (4) looking at economic problems through a Catholic perspective (5) critically examining current economic problems.
This four week course provides an exceptional introduction to the Church's social teaching on man, economy and the state, studying the benefits and pitfalls of the modern economy through the lens of Catholic Tradition.
This class will look at the development of twelve of the world's most revolutionary inventions, focusing not only on their mechanical development but on how they changed culture and altered the way man views his place in the cosmos. Man's capacity to invent is a result of his being made in the image of God, the original Creator. This class explores the creative capacity of mankind and how man has shaped and reshaped his own self-understanding through his inventions, beginning with the alphabet and going all the way up to the Internet.
This four session course will guide students through the history of the tumultuous years surrounding the Second Vatican Council. We will study the important events and persons of the Conciliar years and dig into the sixteen documents promulgated by the Council, including Lumen Gentium, Sacrosanctum Concilium, Gaudium et Spes, Nostra Aetete and Dei Verbum.
Phillip Campbell introduces students to the popular MS PowerPoint program and teaches students how to utilize this excellent resource to make engaging presentations. We’ll also learn about copyright infringement and how to find free photos. Four class sessions.
Foundations of Christian Historiography explores the discipline of history from a Christian worldview. This course will educate students in the various ways people have viewed history throughout the ages, discuss the importance of retaining a Christian framework in our pursuit of historical studies, and train students to see subtle (or not so subtle) anti-Christian presuppositions in popular portrayals of historic events. Students will also learn how to prepare and draft research papers on historical topics, including how to utilize source material and cite sources. This class is essential for anyone interested in studying history at the college level and will be helpful for all Catholics, for whom history, tradition and theology are so tightly interwoven.
Join Mr. Campbell as he guides students through Hilaire Belloc's classic 1912 essay, The Servile State. Written to address the appalling poverty of Industrial England in the early 20th century, Belloc's book weaves a poignant argument that the excesses of Capitalism (as well as the attempts to remedy them through collectivist Socialism) will lead ultimately to the reintroduction of legalized slavery, The Servile State. Ten classes.