Letters Degree Program
What does the Letters Degree have to offer?
Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). Focused on cultivating the whole person (heart, soul, and mind), the Letters program offers a well-rounded academic study for college students with the aim of both intellectual and spiritual growth. Beyond the general education requirements, Letters emphasizes the interdisciplinary study of literature, history, and philosophy. The Letters student learns to effectively integrate all three disciplines while acquiring higher reading comprehension, critical thinking, and communication skills essential for attending graduate school, entering the workforce, and/or serving in ministry. Furthermore, the Letters program affirms the Lordship of Christ over every area of life and thus takes seriously the development of a robust Christian worldview. Accordingly, a strong biblical and theological component is included in the degree.
Opportunities with a Letters degree:
The Letters degree prepares students for graduate work in areas such as Law, Education, and Medicine. Not only is the Letters degree ideal for a student who plans to continue their education at the graduate level, but it presents a wide array of possibilities for immediate employment in the following areas: Ministry, Business, Government, Public Relations, Arts, Media, and Social Services.
Letters graduate, Michelle Fink, says, “The Letters program has given me an opportunity to get a broader education in three areas I love to learn about! Each class helps me grow in wisdom and knowledge, plus build my spiritual walk with God. This degree is useful for me in furthering my education towards a Master’s degree, and, who knows, possibly one day a Doctorate.”
Classical Christian education is devoted to the development and promotion of a comprehensive Christian worldview for the individual. The Letters program seeks to provide a broad general education through the interdisciplinary study of literature, philosophy, and history. The goal is the integration of knowledge and practice to produce effective representatives for Christ and persons of influence in society. This is accomplished by teaching sound Christian thinking, engendering a reasonable faith, cultivating virtuous character, and practicing service in both the local church and the community. A study in Letters prepares students for ministry in the church, entry into the job market, and/or attendance at graduate school. Letters students upon completion of the program will be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the Western tradition by identifying and explaining significant concepts and theories related to the interdisciplinary study of literature, philosophy, and history.
- Read and interpret with comprehension, write with clarity and correctness, think logically and critically, and assess and evaluate evidence.
- Diagnose, analyze, formulate, and solve complex theoretical and practical problems.
- Explain and defend important moral judgments and ethical decisions for living in and contributing to society.
- Communicate and argue effectively through written, oral, and visual means.
- Illustrate proficiency with the English language, including the ability to use appropriate style, grammar, and mechanics in writing and conducting academic research, especially through the planning, organizing, and composing of a senior thesis.
- Apply the requisite knowledge and skills for service in a local church, contributions to the community, and advanced education in graduate school and/or life-long learning.
"...then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." - John 8:32