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Major in Classical Liberal Arts


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.    Demonstrate effective research and writing 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 credits in the Core Curriculum.
  • 36 Major Credits
  • 24 credits of Open Elective (which can be fulfilled through language study, transfer credits, and/or a minor course of study).

Minors at Patrick Henry College

Students in this major are encouraged, but not required, 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).

Recommended Courses and Course Sequence for Classical Liberal Arts

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