It means that while our faculty are committed to staying at the forefront of their respective fields, their first obligation is, and always will be, to their students. What's more, their efforts outside the classroom, such as publishing research or working as consultants in their fields, only enhance student learning.
So, as a PHC student, you'll find yourself surrounded by knowledgeable, mature believers who are not only dedicated to helping you reach your God-given potential as a student; they are equally interested in your growth as a citizen, and as a believer. Such dedication, coupled with our strong emphasis on real-world experience, guarantees that you will graduate with a well-rounded, biblically sound, and eminently practical education.
But there's more than the dedication of the faculty that makes a PHC education so distinctive. It's our commitment to a time-honored and effective approach to educating and training leaders, an approach that combines the classical liberal arts with practical, real-world experience.
In your first two years as a PHC student, you'll sharpen your reasoning, writing, and speaking skills by focusing on our core curriculum. You'll study logic, rhetoric, theology, philosophy, history, constitutional law, language, literature, economics, mathematics, science, and more.
Then, whether you choose to major in Government (American Politics and Policy, International Politics and Policy, Strategic Intelligence, or Political Theory), Strategic Intelligence in National Security, Economics & Business Analytics, Journalism, History, Literature, or Classical Liberal Arts, you'll put that knowledge to work as you undertake practical professional training in your field. You can also further diversify your education with a variety of minors. You could find yourself tackling real-life problems, working alongside experts in and around our nation's capital, and putting your knowledge to work in congressional offices, intelligence and law enforcement agencies, business startups, think tanks, newspapers, publishing houses, private and home schools — even the White House.
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 practicums. Students study a classical language.
The Economics and Business Analytics major prepares students for accelerated entry into economics and the business world. EBA graduates learn the principles of economic theory, which seek to explain the accumulation and distribution of limited resources among various "players" in the marketplace. Those players include private consumers, private companies, public utilities, government organizations and their international counterparts throughout the world.
The Government major prepares students to be outstanding public servants, whether in Foreign Policy, Domestic Policy, the Academic Sphere, or the Intelligence Community. Each government track gives students a strong emphasis in classical learning and their core government classes, and hands-on training in their field of interest. Students also develop a biblical understanding of their field and how to work in it.
At Patrick Henry College the History major is firmly based on a Christian worldview. Biblical assumptions about human nature, moral standards, and God’s involvement in world history are central to that worldview. The Christian philosophy of history also has a rich tradition and literature, and professors who teach courses at the college draw upon it fully.
The Journalism major prepares Christian students to be outstanding journalists. Students will gain the skills, knowledge, and experience they will need to compete effectively for positions with news media in local, regional, and national markets. Students also develop a strong sense of professionalism, a respect for the institution of journalism and its role in maintaining a free society, and the ability to understand and evaluate trends and practices in contemporary journalism. Most importantly, they will develop a biblically-based philosophy of journalism to guide them as they seek truth as the ultimate goal in all that they investigate and report.
Students majoring in Literature study the great works of European and American literature. They take two semesters of English literature and one semester of American literature, as well as a course in Literary Theory and Criticism. Literature majors study a classical language and take advanced courses in history, philosophy and theology. As part of major electives, they must take classes in either fiction or non-fiction writing, study two distinct genres in more depth, and focus on one major author. Additionally, they expand on areas of interest by developing Directed Research & Writing projects in literary studies or creative writing, or participate in literature or writing related internships such as student teaching, tutoring, or editing.
The goal of Patrick Henry College’s Strategic Intelligence Program is twofold. Firstly, to provide our students with a rigorous and systematic study of the intelligence discipline. Secondly, to fully equip our students so that they may influence and lead the intelligence and national security endeavors of the United States.
A PHC student culminates his degree with an apprenticeship that applies the "rhetoric" of creative performance in the field of study. Regardless of major, students are invited to explore the interconnectedness of all the disciplines, reflecting the truth that in Christ "all things hold together" (Colossians 1:17).