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One Book, Two Courses, Three Credits. Omnibus is a Great Books curriculum for grades 7-12 that teaches students lessons from the past in order to live in the present.
Omnibus V Primary focuses on great works of theology, history, and literature of the medieval world, beginning with the works of St. Augustine and ending in the Reformation era. In addition to studies on history, theology, and literature, students will be introduced to and learn to think biblically about architecture, music, the dramatic arts, the natural sciences, economics, and mathematics. Students read and learn to appreciate the Great Books in light of the truth of Scripture. The Omnibus courses are the best way we know to engage with the great works of Western Civilization and learn to think biblically about everything. Learning can happen in two formats: You Teach and Live Online. Self-Paced is not available.
Students will study:
The Canterbury Tales
City of God
1 & 2 Corinthians
The Consolation of Philosophy
Divine Comedy: Inferno
Divine Comedy: Paradise
Divine Comedy: Purgatory
Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves (The Faerie Queene)
Martin Luther: Selections from His Writings
The Lives of Thomas Becket
The Praise of Folly
Romeo and Juliet
Two Lives of Charlemagne
William of Malmesbury's Chronicles of the Kings of England
Omnibus-The Veritas Approach to the Great Books
OMNIBUS IS A GREAT BOOKS CURRICULUM THAT TEACHES STUDENTS THE LESSONS FROM THE PAST IN ORDER TO LIVE IN THE PRESENT.
Teaching children to think biblically about everything is one of the hardest jobs parents and teachers have. Learning from the past to live in the present might be second hardest. By tapping some of the greatest thinkers alive, Veritas produced the Omnibus, a Great Books curriculum for grades 7-12 that grounds students in their faith. Omnibus is a Latin term meaning "all-encompassing." Each year of the Omnibus curriculum combines history, theology, and literature to help students grow in their appreciation of the unity of all knowledge.
The Omnibus includes six years with two simultaneous courses per year. The Primary books course focuses closely on primary-source historical works and events from the time period covered. The Secondary course offers balance and a lighter workload, with a greater focus on literature and theology. Taken together, students will earn three credits: one each in history, theology, and literature. For example: As part of Omnibus I Primary, students delve into the works of Plato, dealing with the Socratic Method. In Omnibus I Secondary, some reading includes modern works by Peter Kreeft, presenting fictional conversations between Socrates, abortionists, and university professors. This integrated, classical approach equips students with both an in-depth knowledge of history and the Great Books, while training them in the skills needed to process and articulate the meaning of this knowledge through the prism of a Christian worldview. Students completing all six years of Omnibus Primary and Secondary courses will have the added benefit of the in-depth study of all 66 books of the Bible.
When first learning about the Omnibus some are concerned with difficulty and enjoyability. We take particular care to fit the stage of the learner. The readings for the Omnibus can seem overwhelming. Students should be encouraged to learn to skim some sections—Herodotus’s Histories is an example—and to enjoy the richness of others—Homer’s Odyssey, for example. Class types and exercises are varied enough to capture all imaginations.
Omnibus covers three historical time periods, cycling through them twice, as follows:
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Many ask, "Can we do only a year or a few years, or only primary, or only secondary courses?" Our answer is the same: Any study of the Great Books to learn to think biblically about everything will be of great value.
Whether you plan to do all twelve classes over six years or only one, students will benefit for the rest of their lives by joining the "Great Conversation." Learning can happen in all three formats: You Teach, Self-Paced, and Live Online.
Live Online Course
Omnibus V Primary focuses on great works of theology, history and literature of the medieval world beginning with the works of St. Augustine and ending in the Reformation era. In addition to studies on history, theology and literature, students will be introduced to and learn to think biblically about aesthetics, anthropology (including world cultures and archaeology), law, philosophy, poetry, and political science (including politics). Students learn to read and appreciate the great books in light of the truth of Scripture. The Omnibus courses are the best way we know to engage with the great works of Western Civilization and learn to think biblically about everything. Diploma students completing the course will be given a credit in English: World Medieval Literature II. Diploma students completing the Omnibus V Primary and the Omnibus V Secondary courses during the same year will be given three credits for the two courses, one each in History: World Medieval History II, English: World Medieval Literature II, Religion: Doctrine and Theology V. Omnibus V courses are recommended for 10th-12th grade students. This course is eligible for dual enrollment credit for junior and senior students. Homework will average 6 - 7 hours per week, depending on reading speed.
You Teach is our term for those who take our curriculum and teach it themselves, whether at home or at school.
The Omnibus V Primary - Live Course & You Teach kit contains the materials you will need to teach the course to one student at home or what a student taking the class live will need. Like Omnibus II Primary, the course focuses on great works of the medieval world. However, the material is more advanced.
What You Will Need
Our You Teach Kit contains everything you need to teach this subject yourself.