Earn Two Years (60 Credit Hours) Online College Credit for High School and Home School students through the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program.

About the Liberal Studies Program

In 2010 Ignatius Press and the Angelicum Great Books Program joined educational forces to launch the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program (LSP), an online program of studies for college credit coordinating the best of home and distance learning with online classes. These courses are available starting in high school or home school. 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 60 college credits (2 years of college) while in high or home school with the excellent, live, Angelicum Great Books Program (48 credit hours) and Fr. Fessio’s Theology Online courses (12 credit hours) — all of which are recommended by the American Council for Education (ACE) for college credit. Over 2,000 colleges and universities are affiliated with ACE. Students can take solid, orthodox, Catholic undergraduate theology courses taught by Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, ThD — himself a student of Pope Benedict XVI.

Students may begin the LSP at any level. Under the leadership of Ignatius Press founder and editor Father Joseph Fessio, SJ, as Chancellor, the Liberal Studies Program provides unrivaled educational opportunities for homeschoolers, students enrolled in traditional high schools and undergraduates — leading to various undergraduate degrees while students acquire the foundations for a Catholic, generalist-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, supplemented with systematic Catholic theology courses taught by a renowned, faithful, and enthusiastic Catholic educator. Fr. Fessio has received the mandatum required for theology teachers.

LSP college credits are accepted at a large, growing list of colleges and universities.


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 fraction of the expense of traditional college education are, for many families, a part of the solution to soaring college costs. In the Liberal Studies Program students can obtain 59 college credits for about one fourth (1/4th) of the cost on campus — a savings of approximately $30,000–$60,000 over two years.

Average Published Charges for Undergraduates at Four-Year Institutions by Control of Institution, 2011-12
Source: CollegeBoard (Enrollment-Weighted)
Type of Four-Year Institution Tuition Room & Board Total per Year 2-Year Total Cost
Public Four-Year (In-State) $  8,244 $  8,887 $17,131 $34,262
Public Four-Year (Out-of -State) $20,770 $  8,887 $29,657 $59,314
Private Four-Year $28,500 $10,089 $38,589 $77,178
For Profit (nonresidential) $14,487 - $14,487 $28,974
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) $  6,750 - $  6,750 $13,500*

* Assumes 2 years/60 credit hours towards bachelor’s degree earned, for comparison purposes (with LSP early enrollment discounts [10%]).

Online 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.

For More Information or to Enroll call

719.930.7549 or email us or enroll online today.

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.