Heftier than theology, this course combines history and literature with lots of reading and writing. The aim is to tell the story of God as we work together through Western Civilization and American history. The history is often taught through a classroom presentation, rather than through a textbook. Reading involves many primary sources, which let the era speak for itself. Writing consists mainly of essays and book reviews. Basic facts are often learned with an introductory grammar, like a catechism. Each course proceeds chronologically, while keeping on center stage the works of God, whose deeds are great and just.
Seniors take a two-credit “Public Policy” course, which covers the main topics discussed in the American public square—politics, economics, and medicine/bioethics. Coupled with earlier years, this course fulfills the Michigan requirement that each student must have a half-credit of civics.
A biblical history and literature course, which reads the entire Bible in two years, is offered to middle school students and to high school students who need help in raising reading proficiency.