The Home School Court Report
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January / February 2005

State Legislation Summary—2004
2004 art contest

Our Judges

Winners of the three categories
PHC beats Oxford in debate
GenJ: Into the land

What are Generation Joshua & HSLDA PAC?

Sodrel: One very tight race . . .

Davis: In a dead heat

From the heart

2004 in review

From the director

Impact of the fund

Mission statement of HSF
Across the states
Active cases
Members only
About campus
President's page


On the other hand: a Contrario Sensu

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal inquiries

Prayer & Praise




Attention: Creative writers and cultural warriors

Literature reveals and shapes culture. That is why Patrick Henry College has designed its literature major to train strong creative writers who are also cultural warriors. They will help shape the future of America.

This major gives students a grounding in the classics of western literature and includes an emphasis on creative writing. Through reading and vigorous class discussion, PHC students immerse themselves in the major literary genres, as well as the history and current status of literary theory and criticism. Students become familiar with the masterworks of European, English, and American literature and come to know the major epochs of literary history—all to allow the Patrick Henry student to develop his own viewpoint about the power of language and how it can shape our culture from a foundation of biblical truth.

A unique aspect of PHC's literature major is that creative writers and thoughtful readers work together both in and out of the classroom. All read the masterworks, but each may then choose to respond either creatively or critically. Students' papers are presented to the class for group discussion, allowing a mutual exchange of responses and critiques.

A second unique aspect of the PHC literature program is the "trialogue." Each student selects an essay written by a living scholar or critic about a work of literature being studied in class. The student then writes an essay in response to the critic. After discussing the paper in class, the student sends his essay to the scholar for comment. An Australian professor recently said of a student's essay, "I have read your paper . . . with great enjoyment and admiration. You show genuine originality in combination with intellectual soundness, and what you produce is a credit to you and the education you have received." He even said the journal that published his own essay might be interested in an expanded version of the student's critique.

Mentoring is the third unique aspect of this major. The college has contacted literally scores of novelists, poets, scholars, and critics about mentoring Patrick Henry students in their writing development. One of these commented recently, "I'd be more than happy to serve as a mentor for one of your students. This sounds like a wonderful program, and certainly one I would have welcomed for myself at such a stage in my undergraduate career."

Internship opportunities comprise a fourth unique aspect of the literature major. One of our students interned with Michael and Judy Phillips in California, who were so pleased with the program that they asked for additional PHC students. After graduating, the intern returned to work further with the Phillipses. Another PHC literature student spent a month in Hollywood with Act One, a Christian screenwriting organization.

A fifth unique aspect is a program in which PHC literature students mentor younger writers, whether homeschooled, in private school, or attending area public schools. This is a wonderful opportunity for literature majors to sharpen their own skills (after all, nobody learns like a teacher) and give valuable help to others.

At Patrick Henry College, all students are taught to understand how God has gifted them and His call on their lives. Literature students gain a realistic post-graduation plan and become familiar with the practical realities of the life of a writer and cultural warrior. Patrick Henry students are immersed deeply in the stories of yesterday so that they will be able to help shape the culture of today and tomorrow.

For more information about Patrick Henry College and its literature program, visit