Christendom through Schola Classical Tutorials (2019-2020)


Old Western Culture: Christendom is a full year of instruction divided into four quarters: Early Medievals, The Defense of the Faith, The Medieval Mind, and The Reformation. In this “flipped-classroom” approach, students learn from the award-winning Old Western Culture video-centric curriculum, and then meet for live discussion each week with Wesley Callihan. As an integrated humanities curriculum, Christendom explores history, theology, philosophy, poetry, and art through the greatest works of influential literature of the Western world, and from a Christian perspective.

9:00-10:00 a.m. Pacific


Product Description

1 school year of live, weekly instruction

Old Western Culture: Christendom class materials can be purchased separately here.

Schola Classical Tutorials does not grade papers or exams, though we do offer this service separately.

Please note: Roman Roads Media processes the payments and curriculum orders for Schola Classical Tutorials, but the live instruction itself is provided by Wesley Callihan of Schola Classical Tutorials


A “flipped classroom” is one in which the lecture typically given in class is watched at home, and the time normally spent doing homework occurs live in class. In other words, you watch the recorded lecture on your own, followed by answering questions. You then interact with the teacher and other students online going over the lesson, followed by previewing the next lesson.

How this looks will differ somewhat by subject. For literature (Old Western Culture), this means an Oxford style “recitation,” or small group discussion once per week. For Logic this will mean students watch the video lessons on their own, and then meet to go over the lesson 2 or 3 times per week. Since this is an online school, these meetings happen live via video conference.

Old Western Culture: Christendom class materials can be purchased separately here.

Minimum age: 14 years old.

Each student must have:
– A computer
– Broadband internet access
– A computer microphone (headset recommended)
– A webcam

The weekly “recitations” are live audio/video/chat sessions that meet once a week, running from September through early May (see Class Schedule tab), in which the students and tutor discuss the material being studied, go over the students’ work, and preview the work for the next week. The students and tutor log in to a virtual classroom at the stated time for the tutorial and then are able to communicate by talking, typing, and collaborative web browsing. There is no special software needed – it all happens automatically when you log in. Both PC and Mac users are able to participate in these courses, but a highspeed connection (DSL, cable, wireless, satellite etc.) is required.
The tutorials are supported by web pages for each class which contain all information necessary for that class. These class pages list the course syllabus, reading and writing assignments and other work, announcements relevant to that class, and additional resources for the students to pursue; the student has access at all times to the class page.

Two High School Humanities Credits, which can be broken down to 1 History and 1 Literature.

Each quarter has an end-of-term exam and term paper. The the parent is responsible for grading the exams and papers, as well as for preparing student transcripts.

Early Medievals (Q1)
Gregory of Tours
Gregory the Great
Confessions of St. Patrick
Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People
Einhard’s Life of Charlamagne
Asser’s Life of Alfred the Great
John of Damascus’ The Found of Knowledge
Defense of the Faith (Q2)
Essential works of Anselm
Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain
De Voragine’s The Golden Legend
Villehardouin’s Conquest of Constantinople
De Joinville’s Life of St. Louis
The Medieval Mind (Q3)
Aquinas’ Summa Theologica
Dante’s Divine Comedy
The Reformation(Q4)
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
Works from Luther
Spenser’s Faerie Queene
The Books of Common Prayer
Calvin’s Institutes
The Heidelberg Catechism

For precise assignments and schedule, see the Materials Page.