Students in the Classical Liberal Arts Major pursue a rigorous interdisciplinary focus in the liberal arts, preparing them for graduate school, seminary, or the work force. Students are required to take five courses developing an integrated philosophical, historical, literary, and biblical worldview and then may use Major Course Electives to continue to gain broad exposure to the liberal arts disciplines. To fulfill their apprenticeship credits, students pursue research projects, applied internships or practica. Students study a classical language.
Learning Objectives for the Classical Liberal Arts Major
1. Improve research, writing, and critical thinking skills.
2. Recognize the central themes that define intellectual traditions.
3. Understand the historical development and cultural influences of the classical liberal arts.
4. Analyze significant issues in the study of the liberal arts.
5. Articulate a thorough integration of faith and learning in liberal arts disciplines.
Minors at Patrick Henry College
Students in this major are encouraged to utilize Open Elective credits towards completion of one of the available minors. Academic advisors are available to assist students in selecting a minor and planning for minor completion in a manner that fulfills the student’s educational and academic goals. A maximum of six credits that fulfill a major course requirement may be also applied to the Philosophy/Classics/Music/Pedagogy minor (see Catalog policy on Minors).
Minors are secondary academic studies consisting of 15-21 credit hours from a single discipline. A maximum of 6 credits that fulfill a major requirement may be also applied to the minor course of study provided that a minimum of 12 credits are unique to the minor. Students are not required to minor, may choose only one minor, and may not minor in the discipline of their major. Once declared, minors must be completed or withdrawn prior to graduation. Minors cannot be added once a degree is conferred. The minimum satisfactory grade for a minor course is C-. Students must take at least 60% of the credits applicable to a minor at Patrick Henry College.
Patrick Henry Colleges offers the following minors:
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