What do you find unique about our academic program?
The professors are incredible. Their willingness to work with the students goes above and beyond expectations. Their love for their subjects is infectious and promotes discussion among the students, even after classes are over. It is also amazing to see how, by senior year, all of the classes come together. There is such a unifying aspect to all the classes that you can really see in upper division, and it makes me appreciate all of the core classes so much more.
Give us a highlight from your Christendom experience?
Mr. Brown's Metaphysics class really made an impact on my development. It made me realize how much my mind could do, and all of the different ways I can utilize my intellect. It was also very humbling because I realized just how naive I was, and how much there is to learn.
Any parting words of advice for prospective students?
Never get too comfortable with your knowledge. You never know the whole truth, because the search for truth is ongoing. Be open-minded and realize that you will never finish this search for truth, but that the search is still one worth attempting.
with Rachel Hoover ('17)
The Renaissance: The Mean between Medieval and Modern
Hello again! It's been another week full of exciting challenges here at Christendom. The semester is really ramping up, and we're diving into all kinds of deep issues before we turn to midterms and papers in October.
First off, in literature we've been working our way through highlights of the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. It's a collection of tales told by various characters on their way to Canterbury for a pilgrimage, written in Middle English verse. This is particularly exciting because it's the first work we've gotten to read in literature classes that hasn't had to be translated. Our edition has a modernized paraphrase on the facing pages, but Dr. Reinhard declared on the first day that we wouldn't be reading any modern English aloud in class, and so we learned to pronounce Middle English and read it that way. Read more »
The Week in Photos
Above and below: Upperclass women smile in Dr. Keats' English Romantic Literature class, and Dr. Jenislawski teaches sophomores about Genesis in his Old Testament theology class.
Above and below: Wednesday night's Fireside Chat, organized by Mr. Brown, featured singing, relaxing around a bonfire, and a reflection from Dr. Cuddeback on St. Dominic.
Above and below: Scenes from the girl's Volleyball Game on Thursday night.
Above and below: All the ladies enjoyed the fun and games at the sleepover-themed Women's Convocation this Friday night, featuring crafts, all sorts of snacks, and karaoke.
Above and Below: The guys of Christendom took part in paintball and a bonfire for Men's Convocation.
Above and Below: Career & Leadership Development Director Greg Monroe leads everyone in the first Swingin' Sundaes of the semester, where there were lessons in swing, salsa, and waltz.
Above and Below: Students ventured out on a 7 mile canoe trip on the glorious Shenandoah River on Sunday afternoon.
|Below: The Debate Society meets every Sunday night at 7pm. This week's debate resolution was "Edward Snowden is an American Hero." The resolution failed.|
Alumni in Action
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF)
Class of 1990
"In my work, I depend on my ability to communicate with others, search for facts and answers, and most importantly, articulate and defend my findings both in written reports and orally in court rooms. The emphasis that Christendom placed on developing skills in research, writing, and defending truths, have easily been the most beneficial of the many practical, career-minded skills that I developed in college. I can trace most of my career advancements to these skills, and have had different supervisors point to these strengths as grounds for my success. The study of criminal justice concepts and procedure is obviously needed at some point, but I found tremendous advantages to using my foundation in the liberal arts, and then adding to it with the specialized training that all investigators must undergo."
Did You Know?
Christendom's Dining Encourages Community
A major advantage to Christendom’s smaller size is that it encourages a great sense of community in many settings, especially when it comes to meals. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all offered at one shared time in St. Lawrence Commons, so that everyone congregates together for at least a couple shared meals throughout the day. Not only do the students enjoy this time to catch up with their classmates and make new friends, but members of the faculty and staff also use this time to socialize with each other and spend time becoming better acquainted with their students on a more personal level.
Often at lunch professors can be seen sitting down with different students, asking them about their classes, having intelligent conversations about the topics being discussed in various sections, or learning more about their individual backgrounds. At dinner, it is not uncommon to see certain professors facing off with students in games of chess, backgammon, or checkers, while others look on and cheer either their favorite professor or best friend.
On certain days, the Latin teachers congregate in the loft of the St. Lawrence Commons to have “Latin Lunch” with any serious linguistics or learners seeking to increase their understanding of the language.
Wednesday and Friday’s lunches also include a pause for announcements, in which various community events or achievements are made public while everyone is together to hear about them. It is a great way in which the sports coaches like to promote their team games coming up that weekend, and in the past has even included humorous skits to increase attendance at the school’s theatrical productions. Other events related to the whole community, such as class president speeches, club fairs, and fundraisers are also regular parts of the weekly meals.
Sunday Brunch is the time when Christendom’s dining experience really embodies the greatest family feel, for not only do the majority of students attend this meal which directly follows the Sunday Mass, but also some members of the faculty and staff, along with their families. Seeing members of the faculty and staff eating with their families surrounding them, alongside the students and teachers, brings a beautiful sense of community to the campus. This family feel has always been central to Christendom College’s unique experience, and is something that continues to bring siblings and children of alumni coming back, to join the family that welcomed and accepted their relatives in the past, and continues to do so for them.
with Sam PhilipsDirector of Admissions
37 Years Offering the Catholic Liberal Arts!
Thirty-seven years ago on the Feast of the Exaltation of the True Cross, September 14, Christendom College held its very first day of classes. On that day in 1977, 26 students, came to Christendom's Virginia campus to receive a distinctively Catholic liberal arts education and be formed in the truths of the Faith.
Well, some things have changed since that founding year: our campus has expanded, many new buildings have been added, there are now more leadership and mentoring opportunities available than ever, and most significantly, our student body has grown from that original cadre of 26 to now 433 students. One thing, however, has not changed and that is our commitment to providing a personalized college experience with a demanding integrated curriculum, rooted in the eternal and unchanging truths of the Catholic Faith, that challenges the mind, forms the intellect, and encourages and equips our graduates to be effective leaders in society as they seek to fulfill Christendom's continued mission of "restoring all things in Christ".
In today's relativistic age which denies the existence of absolute truth, Christendom's unique academic approach is more relevant and more important than ever. To combat society's state of intellectual confusion, leaders are needed who possess the ability to think logically and analytically and can communicate their vision and beliefs with clarity. This will only be achieved through a liberal arts education, like that offered at Christendom, that provides a robust broad worldview that allows its students to see the whole, the big picture, as well as the particular. Most colleges and universities offer only a specialized training which limits its students to one particular area of study and deprives them of the ability to see beyond to the whole. There is a big difference between an education and a training.
As Thomistic philosopher Joseph Piper wrote, "training is distinguished by its orientation toward something partial, and specialized, in the human being, and toward some one section of the world." Pieper explains that a true education, however, "is concerned with the whole" and "whoever is educated knows how the world as a whole behaves." Thus, this true education "concerns the whole human being."
Each week countless articles and surveys appear that affirm the benefit and advantage of a liberal arts degree in today's ever changing job market. As detailed in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the reality is most employers desire people with a well-rounded education because they will be able to contribute innovation and creativity to the workplace.
Watch the video above to learn more about the benefits of a liberal arts education at Christendom.
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