The most important question you can ask is not “where am I going to college?” or “what’s my major going to be?” but
At JWC, we have an answer. God made you uniquely you, and He made you for Himself. He is calling you to love Him and serve Him with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Until the late 1800’s, what we call “classical” was called . . . well . . . just “college.” “Classical” education goes all the way back to the Hebrew Bible, ancient Greece, and ancient Rome. It was a vision for training in the “liberales artes”—the knowledge, skills, and wisdom to live and to lead as a “liber,” a free citizen rather than a slave. The great Christian universities of Europe refined that ancient vision of the “liberating arts.” They believed in education that prepares a person for a calling, not just a career. So do we.
In a way, a classical Christian college is all about you. Not by helping you settle for the path of least resistance, or waste your time on what sounds interesting at the moment, but by helping you become “a different kind of you”—ready to run the race God sets before you.
Let’s face it, college today is a lot like shopping at a yard sale. You’re looking for bargains and it’s all odds-and-ends. You pick and choose, pay, and take your treasures home. You pay a lot more for college, of course—but the principle is the same. You pick and choose interesting things until you fill up the cart, and take your degree home. JWC is a different kind of college, because we are convinced that
Okay, but what does that mean? Fair question. Here’s a small sample—at JWC . . .
This all sounds great, but we live in the real world, not dreamland. So, the big question is
Many people assume they need just the right major. Well, did you know . . .
That the college “major” is mostly a myth? Here’s the reality: Almost no one finishes a career in the field of his or her major! Almost half do not start in their major field! Almost one-third never work in it! Most people change jobs 7-10 times in a lifetime, and change careers 3-5 times!
That employers today are looking for a different kind of graduate? A recent study asked CEO’s how colleges should prepare students for the marketplace. Most said they should do a better job teaching research skills and “critical thinking,” “oral and written communication,” American culture and global culture, problem-solving, ethical decision-making, and more. To be blunt, employers today are looking for people like you from schools like JWC!
That the more things change, the more valuable a John Witherspoon degree becomes? It’s a fact—what looks “cutting edge” in college will likely be ancient history in ten years. The best preparation for an ever-changing marketplace is transferable—the knowledge and skills essential to success in every field. That’s what we mean by “a different kind of success.” Not “what you do,” but “what you can do.” As one CEO put it,
“We’re looking for liberal arts people who have a broad background and are not afraid to get up in front of a crowd of medical students at Yale or Harvard and tell them why they should buy [our] products.”