At Augustine College our mission is to teach the rich history of ideas and arts from a Christian perspective.
This mission is two-fold, matching our two semesters. We focus on the greatest ancient wisdom and artistic treasures that we have inherited, the truths and images that have long been pursued to form western men and women and prepare them for lives of giving, loving, and leadership. But we also explore the most important modern ideas and art that have shaped our culture, including currents both good and bad that have brought us to the present. As an intrinsic part of the pursuit of wisdom, forming virtue is also our goal, to help set students find and proceed on their individual paths of being life-long students of the master, Jesus Christ.
As with the first colleges ever founded in the West, community is central to our mission of intellectual and spiritual formation. We discuss, worship, pray, and study together. Through the synergistic and unpredictable experience of living with each other’s unique presence and our union in Christ, we grow in the humility and love of God that Christ modeled for us.
At Augustine College U.S. we believe that great learning doesn’t only help you analyze society thoroughly from a Christian perspective or attain the job of your choice. We want to equip you to love and understand what is good, true, and beautiful. Therefore, we read and contemplate works that have stood the test of time and are witnesses (though never perfect) to genuine meaningfulness and human flourishing. Most universities today carry out a “hermeneutics of suspicion” upon the western tradition. We encourage and teach critical thinking, but for the most part, rather than attack Western culture, we teach how to identify which of its attributes are worthy of nourishment and preservation for the future.
An education in the Christian, classical liberal arts will certainly help graduates succeed wherever they go afterwards, but even the greatest material success is not the true goal of our program. In the classical view, which shaped Europe and the Western Hemisphere until the late 1800s, the purpose of education was to form persons. We study the wisdom of the past and present so that we may “attain to all the fullness of Christ” and further his Kingdom on Earth to His glory.