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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.


  • The Classical Liberal Arts major is comprised of the following credit allowances:
  • 63 hours Core Curriculum.
  • 15 hours CLA “core” courses in Biblical Studies, Classical Mythology, Ethics, Historiography, and Literary Theory and Criticism. 
  • 20 hours of major electives
  • 12 hours of elective courses in Biblical Studies, History, Literature, Music, Pedagogy, Political Theory, and Science/Math.
  • 9 apprenticeship electives (CLA practicum, CLA internships, or Directed Research and Writing).
  • 24 hours of open elective and/or a minor course of study.

Minors at Patrick Henry College

Students in this major are encouraged to utilize the 24 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 minor (click here for more information on Minors).

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