Abilities of the Liberal Arts
Courses in this segment of the curriculum foster the abilities to think, read, write and speak effectively. Individuals who develop these abilities are more flexible and adaptable to the changes of the world across the spectrum of different fields and life experiences.
First Year Seminar
Faculty from a diverse array of disciplines engage students in conversations that focus on issues central to the college's educational mission -- faith, identity, vocation, character, and responsible action. Courses include opportunities to develop effective writing, close reading, critical thinking, as well as the identification and appropriate use of sources for research. All these skills foster a discerning mind and the effective communication of ideas, which provide an essential foundation upon which one's learning and intellect develop.
Students learn to listen more mindfully, speak more clearly, and thereby work more cohesively with others. They learn to adapt their communication to diverse audiences and media platforms, to perceive themselves and others more accurately, and to deliver effective and ethical public presentations. Those who can convey information and reasoned argument in spoken and visual presentations are not only highly marketable but also effective and fulfilled in their personal and professional relationships.
Created and Called for Community
In this second course in our writing program students consider the central question, 'What is my vocation as a faithful steward of God's creation?" They seek answers by engaging biblical themes of creation, forgiveness, compassion, peacemaking, and reconciliation through an examination of literary, historical, artistic, philosophical, and theological works using the lens of Messiah College's distinctive foundational values. Our foundational commitments have a particular focus on the importance of community and hospitality, as all peoples are made in the image of God. Students therefore develop the ability to be theologically reflective, to develop an appreciation for their own identity and Christian vocation, and to cultivate their intellect and character in preparation for lives of leadership through service in the world. Thus, in addition to developing intellectual skills of the liberal arts, Created and Called for Community also lays a foundation in the outcome of Social Responsibility.