Formal Diploma, Degree, and Certificate Programs

  • Liberty High School – Bedford, Virginia
    • Advanced Studies Diploma (3.10 GPA, 1250 SAT)
    • Some credits earned at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia
  • George Mason University, College of Arts and Sciences – Fairfax, Virginia
    • Bachelor of Science, Public Administration (3.25 GPA)
    • Information Technology concentration; elective focus on Electronic Journalism
  • Catholic Distance University – Charles Town, West Virginia
    • Basic Certificate in Catechetics

Other Education and Training

In addition to my formal degree, I continue learning because I like to learn. Some courses I have pursued on my own, some through my employers, and some through volunteer groups and associations. In addition, I have read a number of notable nonfiction books related to important subjects. The full list of relevant lectures, courses, classes, and books is included below, organized by subject.

Completed Courses and Study (By Subject)

Below is a full listing of courses I have completed as part of high school and university studies, employer or volunteer training, or independent studies. It includes formal courses and seminars, as well as relevant independent reading and study related to key subjects. Many of the online learning classes I have taken are available to the public through Lynda.com, Khan Academy, the Institute of Catholic Culture, and the Virginia Department of Health (Train Virginia).

English, Language, and Communication

  • Chantilly High School
    • Debate
    • English 9
    • German I
  • Liberty High School
    • English 10 (Advanced Studies)
    • English 11 (Advanced Studies)
    • English 12 (Advanced Studies)
    • German II
    • German III
    • German IV
    • Journalism I
  • George Mason University
    • COMM 100: Introduction to Oral Communication
    • COMM 203: Introduction to Journalism
    • COMM 303: Writing Across the Media
    • COMM 435: Computers and Communication
    • COMM 475: Journalism Law
    • ENGL 101: Composition
    • ENGL 201: The American Experience
    • ENGL 202: Texts and Contexts
    • ENGL 302: Advanced Composition, Social Science
  • Mango Languages
    • Mandarin Chinese (Unit 1) (in progress)
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Campbell, W. Joseph, PhD – Getting It Wrong
    • Hacker, Diana – A Writer’s Reference
    • Kennedy, X.J.; Dana Giola (ed.) – Literature
    • King, Stephen – On Writing
    • Strunk, William Jr., PhD; E.B. White – The Elements of Style
    • Turabian, Kate – A Manual for Writers

Government, Law, and Political Science

  • Liberty High School
    • Practical Law
    • Virginia and U.S. Government
  • George Mason University
    • GOVT 101: Democratic Theory and Practice
    • GOVT 103: Introduction to American Government
    • GOVT 132: Introduction to International Politics
    • GOVT 204: American State and Local Governments
    • GOVT 300: Political Analysis
    • GOVT 301: Public Law and the Judicial Process
    • GOVT 324: Modern Western Political Theory
    • GOVT 332: Government and Policy in the Middle East and North Africa
    • GOVT 351: Administration in the Political System
    • GOVT 355: Public Personnel Administration
    • GOVT 356: Public Budgeting and Finance
    • GOVT 359: Computers in Public Management
    • GOVT 364: Public Policy Making
    • GOVT 490: Public Policy Cycles, Public Health
  • Institute of Catholic Culture
    • Madan, Rafael, JD – Principles of Liberty: A Study of the Magna Carta
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Borden, Morten (ed.) – The Anti-Federalist Papers
    • Cahn, Steven (ed.) – Classics of Modern Political Theory
    • de Tocqueville, Alexis – Democracy in America
    • Goldwater, Barry – Conscience of a Conservative
    • Hamilton, Alexander; James Madison; John Jay – The Federalist Papers
    • Hume, David
      • Of Parties in General
      • Of the Original Contract
      • Of the Origin of Government
    • Kant, Immanuel – Perpetual Peace
    • Kibbe, Matt – Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff
    • Locke, John – Second Treatise of Government
    • Machiavelli, Niccolo – The Prince
    • Marx, Karl; Friedrich Engels
      • Manifesto of the Communist Party
      • Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
    • Mill, John Stuart – On Liberty
    • Paine, Thomas – Common Sense
    • Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
      • Discourse on the Origin of Inequality
      • Of the Social Contract
    • Siegel, Paul, PhD – Communication Law in America
    • Somin, Ilya, JD – Democracy and Political Ignorance

History

  • Chantilly High School – World Studies
  • Liberty High School – Virginia and U.S. History (Advanced Studies)
  • George Mason University
    • HIST 121: Formation of the American Republic
    • HIST 130: The Modern Global System
    • HIST 389: Virginia Founding Fathers
  • Institute of Catholic Culture
    • Check, Christopher – The True Story of the Inquisition
    • Fisher, Fr. Andrew
      • The Great Plague: How Black Death Changed the Face of Christendom
      • Saving Civilization: The Story of St. Benedict of Nursia
    • Madan, Rafael, JD – Reagan, Thatcher, and the Pope: The Fall of the Soviet Union
    • McGuire, Brendan, PhD
      • Fall of Constantinople and the Rise of the Ottoman Turks
      • The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization and Crossroads of War
      • While Rome Was Burning: The Corruption of Nero and the Persecution of Christians
  • Khan Academy – World History (with Crash Course)
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • The 9/11 Commission Report
    • Burns, Ken
      • The Civil War
      • The Dust Bowl
      • Prohibition
      • The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
      • The War
      • The West
    • Chambers, Whittaker – Witness
    • CNN Films
      • The Sixties
      • The Seventies
      • The Eighties
    • Evans, Sir Richard
      • The Coming of the Third Reich
      • The Third Reich in Power
      • The Third Reich at War
    • Kennedy, Robert F. – Thirteen Days
    • Morris, Edmund
      • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
      • Theodore Rex
      • Colonel Roosevelt
    • Thomas, Evan – Being Nixon: A Man Divided

Information Technology, Computer Science, and Software

  • Liberty High School
    • Computer III (Pascal Programming)
    • Computer VI (C and C++ Programming)
    • Computer V & VI (Internship Program)
  • George Mason University
    • IT 103: Introduction to Computing
    • MIS 301: Introduction to Business Information Systems
  • Adobe Systems
    • Introduction to Analytics, Target, and CMS
  • Khan Academy
    • Algorithms (with Dartmouth College)
    • Journey Into Cryptography
    • Journey Into Information Theory
  • Lynda.com
    • Android App Development
    • Foundations of Programming
    • Fundamentals of Software Version Control
    • Insights on Software Quality Engineering
    • Java Essential Training
    • Object-Oriented Programming with PHP
    • Up and Running with C
    • Up and Running with C++
    • Up and Running with C#
    • Up and Running with Java
    • Up and Running with vi
    • Xamarin Essential Training
  • Marakana, Inc.
    • Overview of HTML5
    • Web Development With jQuery
  • No Fluff Just Stuff Conference, 2012
  • Pluralsight
    • Ethical Hacking: Session Hijacking
    • Web Security and the OWASP Top 10
  • Stach & Liu – Web Application Security Awareness
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Arduino Projects Book
    • Crockford, Douglas – JavaScript: The Good Parts

Management, Academics, and Process

  • George Mason University – UNIV 100: Academic Skills
  • Internal Corporate Training
    • CMMI: Capability Maturity Model Integration (Levels 1-3)
    • ISO 9001-2000 Quality Management
    • PCI Compliance Training
  • Learning Tree International – Management Skills 290
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Allen, David – Getting Things Done
    • Brooks, Frederick Jr., PdD – The Mythical Man Month
    • Jennings, C. Alan – Robert’s Rules For Dummies

Math and Science

  • Chantilly High School
    • Algebra I
    • Biology I
  • Liberty High School
    • Algebra II
    • Algebra III
    • Chemistry I
    • Geometry
    • Physics I
  • George Mason University
    • ACCT 203: Survey of Accounting
    • MATH 106: Concepts of Mathematics
    • STAT 250: Introduction to Statistics
  • Comet MetEd (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)
    • Role of the SKYWARN Spotter
    • SKYWARN Spotter Convective Basics
  • Doctors for Disaster Preparedness
    • Frank, Patrick, PhD – No Certain Doom: On the Accuracy of Projected Global Average Surface Air Temperatures
  • Institute of Catholic Culture
    • Behe, Michael, PhD – Darwin’s Black Box: The Case for Creation
  • Khan Academy
    • Cosmology and Astronomy
  • Magis Center
    • Spencer, Fr. Robert, SJ, PhD – From Nothing to Cosmos: God and Science
  • U.S. National Weather Service (Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office)
    • Introduction to SKYWARN and Storm Spotting
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • American Radio Relay League
      • Ham Radio License Manual
      • General Class License Manual
    • Calle, Carlos I., PhD – Einstein for Dummies
    • Caruso, Paul – How to Cure a Climate Change Denier
    • Collins, Francis S., PhD – The Language of God
    • Hawking, Stephen, PhD
      • A Brief History of Time
      • The Grand Design (with Leonard Mlodinow)
    • Joel, Daphna; et al. – Sex Beyond the Genitalia: The Human Brain Mosaic (PNAS)
    • Krauss, Lawrence, PhD – A Universe from Nothing
    • Montford, Andrew – The Hockey Stick Illusion
    • Romanchik, Dan
      • Technician Class License Study Guide
      • General Class License Study Guide
    • Schroeder, Gerald L., PhD – The Science of God
    • Silver, H. Ward – Ham Radio for Dummies
    • Silver, Nate – The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail, But Some Don’t
    • Smolin, Lee, PhD – Time Reborn

Medical, Public Health, and Disaster Preparedness

  • Chantilly High School – Health and Physical Education 9
  • Liberty High School – Health and Physical Education 10
  • First Aid, CPR, and AED Training and Certifications
    • 2015-2017 – Health & Safety Institute
      • Basic First Aid, Adult and Pediatric
      • CPR and AED for Adult, Child, and Infant
    • 2017-2019 – American Red Cross
      • Adult First Aid, CPR, and AED
      • Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto-Injector
  • American Radio Relay League
    • Annual Hurricane Season Webinar (2015, 2016, 2017)
    • ARES Report Forms Webinar
    • Family Emergency Communications Plan Training (with FEMA)
  • FEMA Emergency Management Institute
    • IS 100b: Introduction to the Incident Command System
    • IS 360: Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents
    • IS 700a: Introduction to the National Incident Management System
    • IS 800b: Introduction to the National Response Framework
  • Loudoun County Medical Reserve Corps – Introduction to Mental Health Disasters
  • Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center
    • Liability and Immunity in Public Health Emergencies
  • South Central Public Health Training Center – Ethics and Public Health
  • UNC School of Public Health
    • Basics of Public Health Preparedness
    • Chemical Weapons Detection Basics
    • Crisis Leadership
    • MRC Training Modules
      • Introduction to Epidemiology
      • Outbreak Investigations
      • Interviewing Techniques
    • Preparing for a Hurricane
    • Radiation Safety: Bioeffects, Protection and Standards, and Radiation Detection
    • Recognition and Management of Bioterrorist Agents
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control – Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication
  • Virginia Department of Health
    • MRC Train 101 for Volunteers
    • ICS in a Nutshell
    • Overview of Mass Influenza Vaccine Operations
    • Public Health Recovery from Disasters
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Ripley, Amanda – The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes, and Why
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Geomagnetic Storms

Music and Arts

  • Brignull, Harry – Dark Patterns: User Interfaces Designed to Trick People
  • Khan Academy – Music Basics: Notes and Rhythm
  • Lynda.com
    • Adobe Lightroom CC Essential Training (2015)
    • Adobe Photoshop CC Essential Training (2014)
    • Melodyne Studio Essential Training
    • Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals
    • Up and Running with SONAR X2

Personal Safety and Defense

  • Liberty High School – Driver’s Education
  • Apex Cycle Education – Basic [Motorcycle] Rider Course
  • Blue Ridge Arsenal – Introduction to Handguns
  • BoatUS Foundation – NASBLA Boating Safety for Virginia
  • FEMA Emergency Management Institute
    • IS 907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do
    • IS 914: Surveillance Awareness: What You Can Do
  • Hunter Ed Course – Virginia Hunter Safety Course
  • National Rifle Association – Basic Pistol Course
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Davies, Barry – The SAS Self-Defense Handbook
    • Liebsch, Bill; Janet Liebsch – It’s a Disaster . . . and What are You Gonna Do About It?
    • U.S. Office of Strategic Services – Simple Sabotage Field Manual

Religion – Christianity

  • Catholic Distance University
    • RELED N001 – Basic Catechetics for Discipleship, Part 1
    • SCRPT N004 – Introduction to Scripture and the Gospel Message
    • THEO N005 – The Profession of Faith
    • THEO N006 – The Celebration of the Christian Mystery
    • THEO N007 – Life in Christ
    • THEO N008 – Christian Prayer
  • Catholic Diocese of Arlington
    • deLadurantaye, Fr. Paul; Bp. Paul Loverde – Show Know Mercy
    • Horne, Michael, PsyD; Fr. David Pignato; Damon Owens – Men’s Conference 2016
    • Johnson, Soren; John Knutsen – Evangelization ‘Boot Camp’
    • Pignato, Fr. David, STD – Religious Liberty . . . For How Long?
    • Reyes, Dr. Jonathan – Catholics and Politics: Faithful and Engaged Citizens
    • Sands, Fr. Henry; Dcn. Al Turner Jr.; Maria Hamm – Race Relations: Educating for Diversity
    • Wilcox, W. Bradford, PhD – Why Marriage (Still) Matters
  • Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Parish Ecumenical and Interreligious Representatives (PEIR)
    • Conversation With Reverend Tom Prinz, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Community of Faith United Methodist Church – Study of the Book of Revelation
  • Institute of Catholic Culture
    • Anderson, Ryan, PhD – The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom
    • Barr, Stephen, PhD – Science and Faith: The Myth of Conflict
    • Bergman, Fr. Eric
      • Men Should Be Men: Combating Androgyny With Our True Identity
      • Roots of Immorality: The Aftermath of the 1930 Lambeth Conference
    • Campbell, David, DMin – My Lord and My God: Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ
    • Carnazzo, Dcn. Sebastian, PhD – Pillar of Salt: The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
    • Carnazzo, Fr. Hezekias – Flesh of My Flesh: The Marriage Covenant in Sacred Scripture
    • Check, Christopher
      • Galileo on Trial: Why the Church was Right
      • Jolly St. Nick? Reclaiming Christmas for Christ
    • Cuddeback, John, PhD
      • Piercing the Darkness: An Introduction to Aquinas’ Summa Theologica
      • Walking With God: Ethics in the Catholic Tradition
    • Davenport, Br. Thomas, OP – Saint Albert the Great: Reclaiming Science for God
    • Howell, Kenneth, PhD – The Road to Nicaea: The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
    • Jenislawski, Eric, PhD – Weeds of Heresy and the Early Councils of the Church
    • Marshner, William, STD – Limits of Power: Popes, Councils, Synods, and the Infallibility of the Catholic Church
    • Morlino, Bp. Robert – Saint John Paul II’s Familiaris Consortio: The Family Under Attack
    • O’Donnell, Timothy, STD – Not One Stone: The Story of the Fall of Jerusalem
    • Peffley, Fr. Francis – Understanding Authentic Peace with the Church Fathers
    • Pope, Msgr. Charles – Born Without Sin: A Study of the Immaculate Conception
    • Reilly, Robert
      • False Dichotomy: Religious Belief and Public Morality
      • Men Have Forgotten God: Cause of the Collapse of Modern Civilization
    • Saunders, Fr. William, PhD
      • Pinches of Incense: We Cannot Render Unto Caesar What Belongs to God
      • Saint Augustine’s Just War Theory: Then and Now
    • Scalia, Fr. Paul – The Errors of Modernism: Pascendi Dominici Gregis
    • Schenck, Fr. Paul – Slaughter of the Innocents: Yesterday and Today
    • Staples, Tim – Living Bread: A Defense of Christ’s Presence in the Eucharist
    • von Hildebrand, Alice, PhD – Role of Women in the Church and Society
  • Saint Veronica Catholic Church
    • Introduction to Liturgical Latin
    • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Preparation Series
  • Selmys, Melinda – The Straight Story
  • Treasures of the Church – The Veneration of Relics
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Aquilina, Mike (ed.) – The Fathers of the Church
    • Aquinas, Saint Thomas
      • On Prayer and the Contemplative Life
      • Summa Theologica (trans. by Fathers of the English Dominican Province)
        • Part 1: Theology (in progress)
    • Pope Benedict XVI
      • Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth)
      • Jesus of Nazareth (Trilogy)
    • The Catechism of the Council of Trent
    • Chesterton, G.K.
      • Heretics
      • Orthodoxy
    • The Didache
    • Escriva, Saint Josemaria – The Way
    • Pope Francis
      • Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel)
      • Laudato Si’ (Praise Be To You)
      • Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith)
    • Hitchcock, James, PhD – History of the Catholic Church
    • The Holy Bible (English translations)
      • Contemporary English Version (1995)
      • New American Bible (2nd Edition, 1987)
      • New International Version (1984)
      • Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition (2nd Edition, 2006)
    • Jacobs, C.M.; et al. (trans.) – The Works of Martin Luther
    • Pope Saint John Paul II
      • Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life)
      • Ut Unum Sint (That They May Be One)
    • Knights of Columbus – Father Michael McGivney
    • Kreeft, Peter, PhD – Practical Theology
    • Lewis, C.S.
      • Mere Christianity
      • Surprised By Joy
    • Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church – Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification
    • Pope Paul VI – Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life)
    • Sheen, Venerable Fulton
      • Life is Worth Living (lectures)
      • The Life of Christ
      • The World’s First Love (in progress)
    • Smith, Janet, PhD – Contraception: Why Not?
    • Synod of Bishops – Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization
    • Saint Teresa of Avila – The Way of Perfection
    • Saint Therese of Lisieux – The Story of a Soul
    • Trasancos, Stacy, PhD – Science Was Born of Christianity
    • Trese, Fr. Leo – The Faith Explained
    • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
      • Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist (with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
      • Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
    • Virgil Films – Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism
    • Walsh, Milton (ed.) – Witness of the Saints
    • Word on Fire – Catholicism (Episodes 1-10)

Religion – General and Non-Christian

  • George Mason University – RELI 100: Human Religious Experience
  • Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Parish Ecumenical and Interreligious Representatives (PEIR)
    • Beth El Hebrew Congregation – Jewish Dialog, Prayer Service, and Synagogue Tour
    • Buddhist Association of America – Buddhist Dialog, Traditional Meal, and Pagoda Tour
    • Durga Temple of Virginia – Hindu Dialog, Traditional Meal, and Temple Tour
    • Islamic Center of Northern Virginia – Conversation With Imam Ali Siddiqui
    • Islamic Institute of Turkish Studies – Muslim Dialog, Iftar Dinner, and Mosque Tour (2014, 2015)
  • Institute of Catholic Culture
    • Marshner, William, STD – Islam: Its History and Theology
    • Reilly, Robert – Jews, Muslims and Christians: Praying to the Same God of Abraham?
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Abram, Simon (trans.) – Sahih al-Bukhari (Sunni Hadith Book 1) (in progress)
    • Aslan, Reza – No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
    • Beal, Samuel (trans.) – Buddhacarita
    • bin Muhammad, Prince Ghazi – A Common Word Between Us and You
    • Cohen, Abraham – Everyman’s Talmud
    • Darmesteter, James (trans.) – The Zend-Avesta
    • Dawkins, Richard, PhD – The God Delusion
    • Flew, Anthony; Roy Abraham Varghese – There Is a God
    • Hitchens, Christopher – God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
    • The Holy Qur’an
      • Trans. by Abdullah Yusuf Ali (15th Edition, 2005)
      • Trans. by N. J. Dawood (6th Edition, 2006)
    • Müller, Max (trans.)
      • The Dhammapada
      • The Upanishads
    • Olcott, Henry Steel – The Buddhist Catechism
    • Spencer, Robert
      • The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran
      • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)
      • The Truth About Muhammad
    • Swinburne, Richard, PhD – The Existence of God
    • This is the Promise of Allah (the Islamic State manifesto)
    • Tsu, Lao – Tao Te Ching (trans. by Gia-fu Feng, Jane English, and Toinette Lippe)
    • Wilson, Epiphanius (ed.) – Sacred Books of the East

Social Science and Philosophy

  • Liberty High School
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
  • George Mason University
    • ANTH 114: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • ECON 103: Microeconomic Principles
    • ECON 104: Macroeconomic Principles
    • ECON 310: Money and Banking
    • PHIL 173: Logic and Critical Thinking
    • PSYC 100: Psychology Basic Concepts
    • SOCI 101: Introductory Sociology
    • SOCI 301: Criminology
  • Institute of Catholic Culture
    • Cuddeback, John, PhD
      • Plato’s Republic and the Discovery of Virtue
      • Understanding Understanding: Objective Truth & Epistemological Relativism
    • Wunsch, Mark – Seeking Wisdom: Boethius and the Birth of Christian Philosophy
  • Google Talks
    • Stephanie Gray – Abortion: From Controversy to Civility
  • Khan Academy
    • Macroeconomics
    • Microeconomics
    • Wireless Philosophy (Wi-Phi)
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Abbott, Edwin A. – Flatland
    • Freud, Sigmund, Dr. – Civilization and Its Discontents (trans. by James Strachey)
    • Friedman, Thomas L.
      • The Lexus and the Olive Tree
      • That Used To Be Us (with Michael Mendelbaum)
    • Friedman, Milton – Capitalism and Freedom
    • Girgis, Sherif; Ryan Anderson; Robert George – What Is Marriage?
    • Mlodinow, Leonard – Subliminal
    • Nietzsche, Friedrich – Thus Spake Zarathustra (trans. by Thomas Common) (in progress)
    • Rand, Ayn – Atlas Shrugged
    • von Mises, Ludwig – The Theory of Money and Credit
Scott Bradford has been building web sites and using them to say what he thinks since 1995, which tended to get him in trouble with power-tripping assistant principals at the time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, but has spent most of his career (so far) working on public- and private-sector web sites. He is not a member of any political party, and brands himself an ‘independent constitutional conservative.’ In addition to holding down a day job and blogging about challenging subjects like politics, religion, and technology, Scott is also a devout Catholic, gun-owner, bike rider, and music lover with a wife, two cats, and a dog.