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Patrick Henry College Approved by Virginia for New Major in Classical Liberal Arts

November 22nd, 2000

CONTACT: Rich Jefferson (540) 338-8663 or media@hslda.org

PURCELLVILLE, VA—Patrick Henry College has been authorized by the state of Virginia to enroll students in a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Liberal Arts.

The State Council of Higher Education met Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, and voted unanimously to approve the college’s proposal for the new major.

Michael Farris, president of Patrick Henry College, said that a large number of potential Classical Liberal Arts students have shown a strong interest in the college’s apprenticeship model.

“A Classical Liberal Arts education at Patrick Henry College will appeal to students who wish to influence our popular and literary culture,” Farris said. To accomplish this, the college will offer creative writing and education tracks in the new major.

Students will be mentored in the creative writing track to produce short stories, poetry, novels, and other literary works. The education track will prepare students for teaching in private and home schools.

“Most of our students come from a home school background. They have achieved a high level of ’outside-the-box’ thinking. Adding Classical Liberal Arts will allow more students with fresh thinking to participate in this innovative apprenticeship approach to higher education,” Farris said.

The college’s mission is to provide academically excellent higher education with a biblical worldview using apprenticeship methodology.

Patrick Henry College opened its doors to students this fall. The majority this year’s first class will likely remain enrolled in the college’s first major, which is government, Farris said.

The college has four full-time faculty members for the Classical Liberal Arts program, two of whom have completed Ph.D.s and two of whom are expected to complete their Ph.D. programs within the year.

Institutional development is moving swiftly, Farris said. SCHEV unanimously approved admissions standards for Patrick Henry College, in Purcellville, Virginia, less than a year ago, on Dec. 14, 1999.