My school has a new portal for its students. Not only can I access my course history, marks, and grade point information, I can view my current registration and the relevant syllabi. Yesterday, I was able to find out my book list for the two courses I'm taking, and despite having other books I would like to finish before classes begin, I placed the order for my Augustine class. I already have the textbook for my systematic theology course, Christian Theology, by Millard Erickson. I've already read much of the first chapter, and so far, it's good.
For my class, "The Life and Thought of Augustine," I will be reading:
Confessions. Obviously. How can one have a course without that?
St. Augustine: A Life. I will be doing a critical review of this book, so I hope my books arrive on time. I would like to read it as thoroughly as possible.
The Trinity. I'm especially looking forward to this in light of the brouhaha about the trinity which erupted over the summer.
Instructing Beginners in the Faith. I'm not familiar with this one, but looking forward to reading it after having read the description.
Augustine: The City of God Against the Pagans. I've always wanted to read this, and having the incentive of a class always makes it more likely I'll finish it.
There are quite a few writing assignments, but fortunately, I have them in the syllabus already, so I can plan ahead. My systematic theology class has weekly assignments and quizzes, plus an exam worth 50% of the mark. I kind of like the idea that I won't have to write four papers like I did last semester, because writing essays is so tiring.
I'm looking forward to getting started. As a child, I always looked forward to the beginning of school and the new material; I still do.