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Humane Letters Diploma Program

The Humane Letters Diploma Program allows high school students to receive Scriptorium’s Humane Letters Diploma upon successful completion of their humanities courses (writing, history, literature, government, and fine arts) through Scriptorium Tutoring. The required courses are:

  • Academic Writing — the foundational writing course that can be taken (1) as a stand-alone English course, (2) as an addition to any Scriptorium history or literature course, or (3) as a summer course. Academic Writing is required as a pre-requisite or co-requisite for all other Diploma Program courses. It includes formal instruction in writing essays using classical rhetorical forms and in grammar, logic, rhetoric, literary analysis, and basic research skills. The course is open to high school students and middle school students with strong reading abilities.
  • The four-year history and literature sequence (see below) covers world and American history. History and literature courses cover the same time period so that students form an understanding of historical events and cultural developments in their historical context. No textbooks are used — all readings are primary sources  written by people who lived during the time being studied. All history and literature courses strengthen students’ writing skills.
  • Fine Arts provides a survey of the art and music of Western Civilization.
  • Philosophy, Politics, and Economics provides a survey of the political and economic ideas developed throughout Western Civilization.
  • Graduating seniors write their Senior Thesis for either their senior year history or literature course.

NOTES

  • NB: This program is only developed by Scriptorium Tutoring. It is not associated with or approved by any external organization. The Humane Letters Diploma Program is simply intended to provide students a clear and thorough course of study in the humanities and to recognize their work for completing it.
  • Academic Writing is required as a pre-requisite or co-requisite for all other Diploma Program courses and may be taken in middle school by students with strong reading abilities.
  • History and literature courses are offered in rotation: not every course is offered every year.
  • Beyond regular tuition, there is no additional cost to participate in the Diploma Program. Please see Tuition, Terms, and Conditions for information about regular tuition.
  • For families following the Tennessee state requirements for high school credits, the Diploma Program covers a total of 11 credits: 4 English credits, 3 Social Studies credits, 3 elective credits, and 1 Fine Arts credit. Please note that Philosophy, Politics & Economics does not include the state-required personal finance 0.5 credit, although information covered in the course will be useful for personal finance.
  • Please contact the tutor if you are interested.

EXAMPLE SCHEDULES FOR COMPLETING THE DIPLOMA PROGRAM

Beginning in 8th grade:

  • 8th grade
    • Academic Writing
  • 9th grade
    • Ancient History
    • Ancient Literature
  • 10th grade
    • Medieval History
    • Medieval Literature
    • Fine Arts
  • 11th grade
    • United States History
    • United States Literature
    • Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • 12th grade
    • Modern History
    • Modern Literature
    • Senior Thesis

Beginning in 9th grade

  • 9th grade
    • Academic Writing
    • EITHER Ancient History OR United States History
    • EITHER Ancient Literature OR United States Literature
  • 10th grade
    • EITHER Medieval History OR Ancient History
    • EITHER Medieval Literature OR Ancient Literature
    • Fine Arts
  • 11th grade
    • EITHER United States History OR Medieval History
    • EITHER United States Literature OR Medieval Literature
    • Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • 12th grade
    • Modern History
    • Modern Literature
    • Senior Thesis

 Beginning in 10th grade

  • 10th grade
    • Academic Writing
    • EITHER Ancient History OR United States History
    • EITHER Ancient Literature OR United States Literature
  • Summer following 10th grade
    • Fine Arts
    • Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • 11th grade
    • EITHER Medieval History OR Ancient History
    • EITHER Medieval Literature OR Ancient Literature
  • Summer following 11th grade
    • Modern History
    • Modern Literature
  • 12th grade
    • EITHER United States History OR Medieval History
    • EITHER United States Literature OR Medieval Literature
    • Senior Thesis

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