An American Classical Christian College
Providence Christian College is an American, Classical, and Christian college. We are American in educating students for liberty so that they can be thoughtful, self-governing, and engaged citizens; Classical in our approach to learning that stresses the acquisition and communication of truth through the study of Great Books, and Christian in our belief that the gospel contained in God’s word, inerrant and infallible, is the source of all wisdom as to how we should live. Through these commitments, we seek to prepare students to be morally and intellectually engaged in their families, churches, communities, and work places to glorify God through their service to others.
Our motto, “In Christo Omnia Nova”, means “In Christ All Things New”. Many historic Ivy League colleges were founded by Christians, but have, over the years, turned away from God, objective truth, and moral standards. They no longer look to the Bible to understand God, human beings, and how He would have us live to be reconciled to Him. At Providence, we know that God exists, that we are called into a relationship with Him through Christ, and that we are called by Him to be agents of reconciliation in this world. Shaped by the Scriptures and God’s truth in His creation, Providence teaches all of our classes from the perspective of a biblical world view. More specifically, as a college in the Reformational tradition, our roots date back to the 16th Century…the centrality of Christ, salvation through grace, the Scriptures, and living all aspects of our life – in Church, family, and community – to the glory of God.
At Providence, the framework of our education is the classical liberal arts. Liberal arts in the contemporary sense has, unfortunately, come to mean requiring students to take a smattering of courses that are “liberal arts in name only”—representing the rejection of both the notion that there is an ideal way human beings learn (the trivium’s emphasis on grammar, logic, and rhetoric) and the idea that there is an optimal program of study (the Great Books). We read and study the best of what has been thought, written, and done rather than what is trendy because the classics are the best resource for understanding how human beings, while fallen and imperfect, have experienced the true, the beautiful, and the good. By asking and considering answers to the seminal questions in life, that is, its meaning and purpose, we deliver an education that is truly “worthy of a free human being.”
At Providence we believe that, while all are fallen, not all regimes are created equal. The unfortunate history of the rise and fall of earthly kingdoms is predicated on the human tendency to choose “accident and force” rather than “reflection and choice” in working out our moral, political, and theological differences. The founding of the United States is the most unique political moment in history. The Founders’ idea that citizens can be worthy of republican self-government if educated in liberty, represents a revolution in human affairs. If we are to keep the Republic we inherited moving forward, we will need a citizenry educated to be prepared for that task. Providence is committed to doing its part as a higher education institution to understand and embody this heritage. As one Mt. Rushmore president once wrote, “They [the American founders] were the pillars of the temple of liberty; and now, that they have crumbled away, that temple must fall, unless we, their descendants, supply their places with other pillars, hewn from the solid quarry of sober reason.”
In sum, we contend that Providence Christian is distinctive within the universe of American colleges and universities as no college so explicitly aspires to embody this threefold commitment to a Christian, Classical, and American approach to higher learning.
What will you study at Providence?
- A four-course sequence on civilization and culture that explores the seminal questions that frame the moral and intellectual heritage of the West and the United States.
- A six-course study in Biblical studies and theology in the examination of every book of the Bible, the Christian mind, and Christ, Culture and Context, you’ll learn how to glorify God through your service to others.
- Two courses that teach students the principles of management, communications, organization, and the principles and practice of entrepreneurship.
- A two-course senior capstone project.
- Ten additional courses in the humanities amounting to a 24-course core (60% of your studies) in the liberal arts.
- Eight courses (20% of your studies) in a chosen concentration (Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship; Biblical and Theological Studies; Education; English and Communications; Health and Life Sciences; Media, Culture and the Arts; Philosophy, Politics, and History; and Psychology).
- Eight courses (20% of your studies) bridging theory and practice in your chosen calling in apprenticeships and internships, experiential and study-abroad opportunities, and/or advanced studies in your discipline.