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Institutional Objectives and Profile of a PHC Grad

Institutional Objectives

The College strives to provide an attractive learning environment, support services, and staff and faculty to enable students to:

  • Understand the principles of the Christian worldview.
  • Understand the liberal arts and sciences.
  • Enhance critical thinking and language skills in reading, researching, speaking, and writing.
  • Integrate the Christian worldview with the study of the liberal arts and sciences.
  • Develop and apply Christian leadership skills which integrate faith and lifelong learning.

Profile of a Patrick Henry College Graduate

Patrick Henry College is primarily a teaching college. We are here to educate students both academically and spiritually. Our main goals are announced in terms of an answer to this question: "What are the desired characteristics of a PHC graduate in terms of academics, spirituality, leadership, and social ability?

The Academic Profile of a Patrick Henry College Graduate
The Spiritual Profile of a Patrick Henry College Graduate
The Leadership Profile of a Patrick Henry College Graduate
The Social Profile of a Patrick Henry College Graduate

The Academic Profile of a Patrick Henry College Graduate

A Patrick Henry College graduate should:

  1. Have broad knowledge and appreciation of our roots and the value of Western civilization and the philosophical foundation of this civilization in the Christian tradition.
  2. Have exposure to other cultures to evaluate such cultures because all people are God's creation. This will include basic proficiency in a second language.
  3. Have learned to critique and refute differing worldviews by comparing a fair reading of those views to the truths of the Word of God.
  4. Have a thorough understanding of American history, government, and our Constitution.
  5. Have the ability to analyze, synthesize, and critique information.
  6. Have research skills that equip him to be a learner for life.
  7. Have the ability to communicate persuasively in writing and in speech.
  8. Understand the primacy of the Word of God and have the ability to logically apply it to every area of life.
  9. Recognize and embrace truth, beauty, and goodness in the arts, literature, and other forms of communication.
  10. Understand the principles of freedom.

Specifically, in his major field, a Patrick Henry College graduate should:

  1. Be able to articulate and apply a biblical worldview in his field of study.
  2. Exhibit general mastery of the field of study commensurate with others with bachelor's degrees from the nation's most highly regarded institutions.
  3. Have substantial real-life experience in his field of study through mentoring and professional guidance.


The Spiritual Profile of a Patrick Henry College Graduate

A Patrick Henry College graduate should:

  1. Embrace God's authority in his life including the authority of the Word of God.
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge. A proper fear recognizes that God is God and we are not. He has the right to rule in our lives because He is our Creator, He is good, He loves us, and He is sovereign. Being in right relationship with God's authority also implies a right relationship with other sources of authority in our lives both temporal and spiritual.
  2. Love God with all his heart, soul, and mind.
    Those who love God keep His commandments. The soul that loves God wants to voluntarily spend daily time with God.
  3. Love his neighbor as himself.
    All people are our neighbors. We need to view each individual as God does -- a soul of infinite value who is flawed by the deliberate choice to sin. God loves each fallen, immortal person. We should do so as well. Our love should be practical and purposeful, with the attitude of a humble servant of others.
  4. Be humble, teachable and willing to integrate God's truth into every area of life.
    Elders must be teachable. This is an attribute that is equally applicable to those who would lead the nation and shape the culture. A teachable person does not live a compartmentalized life, walling God off from certain domains, but embraces the application of God's truth in every area of life. Being teachable requires a spirit of humility that demonstrates that we acknowledge that God is in control and He uses other people in our lives.
  5. Understand and practice Christian liberty.
    First and foremost, Christian liberty is freedom from the power of sin. It is also freedom from a legalistic approach to righteousness.
  6. Be self-disciplined in body, mind, and spirit.
    America's self-government necessarily depends on people who will govern themselves in light of God's rule. We should be fit -- physically, mentally, and spiritually.
  7. Demonstrate spiritual maturity and responsibility.
    One of the key attributes of maturity is the ability to work for long-range objectives rather than demanding instant gratification. Spiritual maturity is demonstrated by living with the eternal perspective of God as our guide. It is also demonstrated in faithfully carrying out required tasks.
  8. Be active for God in the life of his family, his church, the nation, and the world.
    It is an attribute of spirituality to be a doer of the Word in a manner that manifestly impacts all human relationships.
  9. Be a person of integrity and honesty, which includes intellectual honesty.
    A graduate's word should be his bond. His character should be transparent, the same in private as in public.
  10. Have the humility to listen to others thoughtfully, and the conviction to stand unwaveringly for the principles of the Word of God.
    In the tradition of thinking Christians like the Apostle Paul on Mars Hill and C.S. Lewis, the ability to engage the world in debate requires us to truly listen and consider the opinions of others, while never compromising our commitment to God and His Word.


The Leadership Profile of a Patrick Henry College Graduate

A Patrick Henry College graduate should:

  1. Have a clear understanding of God's call on his life and pursue that call with passion.
  2. Fear God and not man, which is the essence of courage.
  3. Be able to inspire others to join the cause to which he is called.
  4. Understand the times and know what to do for the future, evidencing vision.
  5. Take initiative.
  6. Be faithful in little things.
  7. Be a servant who leads, fully respecting those he leads.
  8. Persist to complete that which he begins.
  9. Manage time, people, and finances with care and integrity.
  10. Be committed first to his family, and then to his career.
  11. Have a long-term perspective in temporal matters and an eternal perspective in spiritual matters.
  12. Have an in-depth knowledge of leadership heroes.


The Social Profile of a Patrick Henry College Graduate

A Patrick Henry College graduate should:

  1. Understand the culture in which he lives.
  2. Exhibit graciousness to others in manners and conversation.
  3. Have a winsome appearance, dressed and groomed appropriately in professional and social circumstances.
  4. Exhibit confidence and social discretion in a manner that commands respect.
  5. Be able to engage in meaningful conversation with a wide variety of people.
  6. Be engaged in the world, but not be of the world.