Language Arts

Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4: Fundamentals of Expository Writing

Writing instruction at WHA begins with Language Arts in the Grammar School and continues through the School of Logic and School of Rhetoric years, culminating in Rhetoric 2: Senior Thesis.  The primary goal of our writing process is to teach students how to write coherent, logical, and elegant essays.  To accomplish this, students need a […]

Section: Composition, Literature   |   School: Grammar School, School of Logic

Fundamentals of Research & Presentation

Fundamentals of Research & Presentation introduces students to logic level research and presentation skills as they learn about their own state (or province or country) history. Using the history of the student’s home area as the research content, students will learn vital research skills which will be needed across a multitude of disciplines in their […]

Section: Composition, History, Humanities   |   School: School of Logic


Logic 1, Jumpstart Logic, Logic 2

Logic 1 Are there “laws of thought” just as surely as there is a law of gravity?  The answer is a resounding “yes!” In this course we will learn how to reason in an orderly and consistent fashion. Students will master the rules that govern the thinking process. There will be a particular emphasis on […]

Section: Composition   |   School: School of Logic, School of Rhetoric

Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Formerly known as Honors Composition, this course serves as the gateway from writing in the School of Logic to writing in the School of Rhetoric, with special emphasis upon the skills of the beginning academic writer who must write essays for full paper assignments and shorter exam entries. Building on the foundations of the LA4: […]

Section: Composition   |   School: School of Rhetoric


Rhetoric 1, Rhetoric Refresher (Summer), Rhetoric 2/Senior Thesis

Both Rhetoric courses carry the honors designation. Rhetoric 1 Rhetoric I introduces students to the concepts and practical principles of the ancient art of rhetoric, the third part of the classical Trivium. Drawn largely from Aristotle’s Rhetoric and Quintilian’s Institutio Oratoria, the course trains students in using and applying the classical rhetorical canons to a variety of spoken […]

Section: Composition   |   School: School of Rhetoric

Fundamentals of Logic (Summer)

This is a somewhat abbreviated version of the full-year Logic 1 class intended for new students who need to shore up their foundation in logic before moving on to Logic 2. It will also serve to fulfill one logic graduation requirement. Students will study forms of correct thinking, using traditional Aristotelian tools such as formal […]

Section: Composition, Summer   |   School: School of Logic, School of Rhetoric

Rhetoric Refresher (Summer)

This summer course is designed to reinforce the practical skills in video-delivered speeches and essays as well as reviewing the basic topics covered in Rhetoric 1. It is also appropriate for students who have not taken Rhetoric 1 with WHA but are enrolled in Rhetoric 2/Senior Thesis.

Section: Composition, Summer   |   School: School of Rhetoric