Online Catholic college credit for high school students and others through the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program.
About the Liberal Studies Program
In 2010 Ignatius Press and the Angelicum Great Books Program joined with cooperating colleges in the US, Australia, and Europe, to launch the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program (LSP), an online program of college-level studies coordinating the best of home and distance learning with online classes from several sources.
These courses are available starting in high or home school and progress through undergraduate and graduate courses. All courses are accepted at one or more accredited colleges and universities for full college credit.
Students in the Liberal Studies Program can begin earning up to 48 college credits (1½ years of college) while in high or home school with the excellent Great Books Program, for which credits are accepted by numerous colleges and universities. College-level students can take solid undergraduate theology courses (taught by Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., Th.D. - himself a student of Pope Benedict XVI), and sound philosophy courses designed by renowned Thomist philosopher Dr. Peter A. Redpath (author and for many years full professor of philosophy at St. John’s University), augmented by other courses towards one of several bachelor's degrees.
Graduate students can seamlessly complete Masters and Doctoral studies in Philosophy and Religion, or Education, under the guidance of the Adler-Aquinas Institute in association with Harrison Middleton University, an accredited, Great Books, distance education University.
Students may begin the LSP at any level. This is a schematic of the Liberal Studies Program, from high/home school through the doctoral degree:
|EDUCATIONAL LEVEL||PROGRAM TITLE||IN ASSOCIATION WITH:||CREDITS|
|Secondary (High/Home School)||Great Books Program||Angelicum Great Books Program||48|
|Undergraduate (Bachelor’s)||Theology and Philosophy Courses||Adler-Aquinas Institute||28|
|Graduate (Masters and Doctoral)||Religion & Philosophy, Education||Adler-Aquinas Institute||34 MA; 60 Doctoral|
Under the leadership of Ignatius Press founder and editor Father Joseph Fessio as Chancellor, the Liberal Studies Program provides unrivaled educational opportunities for homeschoolers, students enrolled in traditional high schools, undergraduate and graduate programs - leading to various undergraduate and graduate degrees while students acquire the foundations for a Catholic liberal education.
LSP offers something unique among the many ways high school students can earn college credit — an online program specifically designed for Catholic students (but welcoming and open to all) who want to embark on acquiring a liberal education using the Great Books approach pioneered by the great philosopher, educator, and Catholic convert Dr. Mortimer J. Adler.
Included in the Program offerings are the critically important sound theology and philosophy courses under the guidance of the Adler-Aquinas Institute founded by Fr. Joseph Fessio, Chancellor, and Prof. Peter Redpath, Rector, doctors of theology and philosophy, respectively. The motto of the Adler-Aquinas Institute is “Understanding St. Thomas through the Great Books”. Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Constitution on Catholic higher education, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, guides the LSP's mission. Fr. Fessio has received the mandatum required for theology teachers.
LSP college credits are accepted at a large, growing list of colleges and universities.
SOUNDS GREAT, BUT IS IT AFFORDABLE?
As everyone now knows, the cost of a college education has grown exponentially in recent years. College seniors who borrow to finance their education now graduate with an average of $24,000 in debt – many exceed $100,000 - and student loan debt now tops credit card debt among Americans. Tuition and fees with room and board at private, four-year colleges average $38,589 per year — over $125,000 for a four-year degree. The reasonable costs of the Liberal Studies Program online, at a small fraction of the expense of traditional college education are, for many families, a part of the solution to soaring college costs. In a coordinated LSP course of study, students can obtain a bachelor's degree from an accredited college for about a fourth of the cost of four years on campus – a savings of approximately $30,000-$125,000 over four years.
|Type of Four-Year Institution||Tuition||Room & Board||Total per Year||4-Year Total Cost||4-Year Savings attending LSP|
|Public Four-Year (In-State)||$ 8,244||$ 8,887||$17,131||$ 68,524||$ 39,924|
|Public Four-Year (Out-of -State)||$20,770||$ 8,887||$29,657||$118,628||$ 90,028|
|For Profit||$14,487||-||$14,487||$ 57,948||$ 29,448|
|Liberal Studies Program (LSP)||$ 7,150||-||$ 7,150||$ 28,600*|
* Assumes 1/4th credit hours towards bachelor’s degree earned per year for comparison purposes (with Great Books Program early enrollment discounts – there are no early enrollment discounts at the undergraduate or graduate levels)
High/homeschool classes begin the first week each September. Enroll now to reserve your place. Some undergraduate and graduate courses begin anytime, others the first week in September.
|EDUCATIONAL LEVEL||PROGRAM TITLE||LINKS|
|Secondary (High/Home School)||Great Books Program||Angelicum Great Books Program|
|Undergraduate (Bachelor’s)||Theology and Philosophy Courses||Adler-Aquinas Institute|
|Graduate (Masters and Doctoral)||Religion & Philosophy, Education||Adler-Aquinas Institute|
The Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program ("LSP") does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, or age in the administration of any of its employment, educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, recreational, and other LSP administered programs or activities.