Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.)
The foundation of all majors at Patrick Henry College is the core curriculum which is taught by faculty from the Department of Classical Liberal Arts and the Department of Government. Patrick Henry College structures its academic program around its distinctive classical liberal arts core curriculum consisting of 63 credits plus intermediate foreign language proficiency. Regardless of major, every student will take the following courses:
In addition to the core curriculum, a minimum of 36 credit hours of major courses are required for the completion of the Bachelor of Arts degree. PHC offers the B.A. degree in the following academic majors, which are organized into two academic departments:
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 also be 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 Once declared, minors must be completed or withdrawn prior to graduation.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. Students may utilize Open Electives 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.
Foreign language ability is required of all PHC graduates.
Students may increase their proficiency level through a variety of formal or informal learning methods including, but not limited to, online language learning, traditional classroom curriculum, independent study, immersion programs, and other overseas experiences.
Regardless of the method of instruction, students must demonstrate adequate foreign language ability in one of following ways:
1) Successfully complete the fourth semester course of a language currently offered at PHC.
2) Successfully complete the final intermediate-level course in a foreign language at a PHC-approved college or university. (Enrolled students should submit the Request for Transient Student Status form to obtain approval before enrolling in such courses.)
3) Demonstrate intermediate mastery of a Classical or modern foreign language currently offered at PHC by taking a college-administered proficiency test. (See "Taking a PHC Language Proficiency Exam.")
4) Score a 4 or 5 on one of the Advanced Placement (AP) language tests identified on the Advanced Placement Equivalency Table.
Category I and II languages: Intermediate High
Category III and IV languages: Intermediate Mid
According to ACTFL, Category I and II languages include French, German, Haitian-Creole, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish; Category III and IV languages include Arabic, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, and Vietnamese.
Students who complete non-PHC college-level instruction must still satisfactorily fulfill one of these assessments without regard to how a language learning program classifies its language instruction or the number of credits earned. Students who earn credit from approved institutions may have the credit transferred to PHC as open electives.
Program (Major) Requirements for Foreign Language
There are program specific requirements that must be met when selecting a language to study. The following list identifies which majors require a Classical or modern foreign language.
Classical Liberal Arts
Economics & Business Analytics
Government - Strategic Intelligence Track
Classical or Modern Language
Government - with no track
Government - American Politics & Policy Track
Government - International Politics & Policy Track
Government - Political Theory Track
Journalism - Liberal Arts Track
Journalism - Political Journalism Track
Apprenticeship methodology is at the heart of the distinctive educational approach offered by Patrick Henry College. Each degree program requires a significant number of Apprenticeship credits (as high as 24 credits for some programs). Apprenticeship offers vocation-related experience and the application of classroom learning. It is the culmination of PHC's classical Christian liberal arts curriculum. Please see the individual program requirements in the College Catalog for details of the apprenticeship requirements for each major.