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You’ve come to the right place. Our graduates excel in Law School and have successful careers as attorneys, policy advisors, and diplomats. A Liberal Arts degree prepares students for long-term success by emphasizing communication and critical thinking skills, as shown by a recent study. Scroll down to learn more.

As you choose your college and contemplate your major or career path, remember to not only ask “what do I want to do,” but also “who do I want to be.” You are more than your major. At Christendom College, you will receive an education and formation that will prepare you, not just for your career, but for all areas of life—from family to finance, and social to spiritual. You will be ready for whatever life throws your way. Our education is different. Dare to join us.

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“The manner in which a society is educated will determine its ability to sustain a social contract, resolve conflict, and participate in its own governance. To ensure a thriving American democracy, we must ensure a thriving liberal arts.”

– John Coleman, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota

“The liberal arts cultivate the intellect, our finest tool, for excellence. As students of the liberal arts, we learn to think critically and to articulate our thoughts clearly and cogently through the fine and arduous guidance of our professors. In my first years after graduation, employers and mentors of mine would comment to me about the difference they saw in the way liberal arts students thought and expressed themselves that distinguished us amongst our peers. Now, as an employer, I can see for myself the critical difference in the interns and attorneys who have come through our office having studied the liberal arts­­—a number of them being Christendom students and graduates. There is a breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding in the liberal arts that is missing in undergraduate specialized learning.”

– Matthew Akers ’03
Attorney/Managing Partner
McCarthy & Akers, PLC

“Christendom gave me the foundation in strength to stay [the] course. Quickly our confidence in what we believe can be eroded by what you have to face on a daily basis— especially if next to no one shares your values or lives a similar lifestyle. You have to be strengthened to a certain degree, in your choices and your faith, so you’re not shaken by the work day.”

– Jake Meza ’05
Town Council Member (Front Royal, VA) &
Director of the Urgent Care and Occupational Health Program for Valley Health Hospital System

“My Christendom education has given me so much—specifically, my analytic and editing skills, which I learned from researching and writing papers, and from working in the Political Science Department. Working in a law firm, especially a communications law firm, there are mountains of very technical and detailed documents and procedures that have to be done accurately and quickly, for which both my studies and on-campus employment prepared me well. I am also tremendously grateful for the work ethic I gained at Christendom. For four years, I had to work hard in all my classes—there was no coasting. This drive to work hard has continued after Christendom and has helped me succeed in my career.”

– Noreen Daly ’11
Commonwealth of Virginia

Alumni in Action

  • Daniel McGuire ’03 – Classics – Senior Staff Attorney
  • Matthew Akers ’03 – Philosophy – Attorney/Partner, McCarthy & Akers
  • Laura Scanlon ’03 – Political Science – Attorney, McCarthy & Akers
  • Tom McKenna ’85 – Theology – Asst. Commonwealth’s Attorney, VA
  • Mary Patryn ’92 – History – Attorney, Law Office of Mary Patryn
  • Anthony Starkus ’01 – Philosophy – Attorney
  • Noreen Daly Barrs ’11 – Political Science – Paralegal, LegalWorks Apostolate
  • Dominick Severance ’08 – Political Science – Associate Attorney, Fenton & Keller
  • Emily Minick ’10 – Political Science – Policy Assistant, Senate Joint Economic Committee
  • Nik Zylstra ’09 – Philosophy – Policy Advisor at Health Canada
  • Chris Kopeck ’90 – Political Science – Personnel Management, ATF
  • Cyrus Artz ’10 – Political Science – Policy Advisor to U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-05)
  • Kerri Polce ’03 – History – Director of Grants Management, American Enterprise Institute
  • Kate Alcantara ’07 – History – Associate Director, Student Division, The Federalist Society
  • Tyler Lowe ’11 – Philosophy – Director of Online Education, The Federalist Society
  • Daniel Clark ’86 – Political Science – Project Manager, ATF
  • Gerry Zapiain ’85 – Political Science – Senior International Trade Specialist – Dept. Commerce
  • Guy Smith ’89 – Philosophy – Diplomat, United States State Department

The Power of the Liberal Arts

Through the study of the Catholic liberal arts, you will encounter a universal study of knowledge—through Mathematics, History, Literature, Science, Classics, and Political Science—unified by the central role played by Philosophy and Theology. John Henry Newman noted that this 2000-year time-tested curriculum actually expands the intellect, empowering you to win in the marketplace when competing with graduates of other colleges or universities.

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