The Augustine Institute Short Courses bring you the orthodox and engaging instruction that has been enjoyed by over a thousand students since 2005, but at a fraction of the cost and time of a full graduate course. Each Short Course includes three to four hours of high-quality video instruction together with reading assignments that are modest in length but generous in depth and beauty.

What's included

  • Interactive lessons, featuring guided presentations and videos
  • A top Catholic professor and theologian as your instructor
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Discussion forum to ask questions and share ideas

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Welcome to the Course

    • Course Overview

    • About the Instructor

    • Course Requirements

  • 2

    Session 1: Background to the Lives of the Early Christian Saints

    • Video and Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Check for Understanding

    • Office Hours

  • 3

    Session 2: Ground as God's Wheat — St. Ignatius of Antioch and St. Polycarp

    • Video and Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Check for Understanding

    • Office Hours

  • 4

    Session 3: I am a Christian — St. Perpetua and St. Felicity

    • Video and Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Check for Understanding

    • Office Hours

  • 5

    Session 4: The Desert a City — St. Anthony the Great

    • Video and Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Check for Understanding

    • Office Hours

  • 6

    Session 5: Treasure in Heaven — St. Macrina and Family

    • Video and Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Check for Understanding

    • Office Hours

  • 7

    Session 6: Extreme Asceticism — Simeon the Stylite

    • Video and Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Check for Understanding

    • Office Hours

  • 8

    Conclusion

    • Congratulations!

Instructor

Assistant Professor of Theology

Elizabeth Klein

Elizabeth Klein is an assistant professor of theology at the Augustine Institute. Originally from Ontario, Canada, she holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame and is chiefly devoted to the writings of St. Augustine. She now lives in Denver with her husband and two sons.

FAQ

  • Is the course tuition refundable?

    We're certain you'll be inspired and edified by this course. However, if you're not satisfied with the quality o course content, please contact customer service.

  • What are the technical requirements?

    The course will run on any device and any web browser. We do not support Roku or Apple TV.

  • Can I learn at my own pace?

    All aspects of the course are self-running so you can learn any time, any place.

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Through this course, you will come to understand about the early Church, the martyrs, and the monastics.