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Christendom Graduates Write their Way to Success, Thanks to Classical Liberal Arts

June 2, 2015

writingskills-1Being able to write well is an essential skill for college students, both during and after their collegiate careers. Yet, according to a recent survey published in USA Today, only 27% of recent college graduates obtained this skill while in school, while also lacking strong critical thinking, leadership, interpersonal, and oral communication skills. Other graduates may be struggling to find employment after college, but Christendom graduates are writing their way to success, thanks to their school’s emphasis on strong written communication skills in and outside the classroom.

While specialized educations are hurting students’ abilities to write well, Christendom’s liberal arts curriculum is helping others to thrive. Graduates of the college have the ability to succeed in any field of their choosing, with many of them being hired by top organizations simply because they are able to write clearly, efficiently, and professionally. Many graduates have been hired explicitly for their masterful writing talents and now work as journalists, publishing house editors, marketing directors, public relations specialists, media bloggers, and book authors, among other things.

Every Christendom student learns how to write clearly, thanks to the many papers, tests, and projects assigned to them during their four years on campus. In the classroom, students learn how to organize their thoughts with clarity, in order to best express them on paper. They acquire this ability in practice with exam essays and papers, where they must be clear and specific in order to answer questions and achieve good grades, but also in theory by reading the greatest books of Western Civilization. As they study the words of William Shakespeare, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Aristotle, students learn how they expressed their thoughts with clarity hundreds of years ago, in a manner that still resonates today.

Reading the classics is a unique facet of the Christendom experience. While other colleges continue to reject teaching them in the modern day for political and economic reasons, Christendom still requires students to read the classics, which teach them how to write clearly, and also efficiently. In the classroom, students have a limited time to complete an exam — they have to choose their words carefully in order to answer questions correctly and in a timely manner. With papers, students cannot write on a subject extensively; they are often given a page limit, teaching them how to express their thoughts in a concise manner on a deadline.

These abilities to write clearly and efficiently culminate in a professional writing style that is a hallmark of Christendom graduates. This is evidenced by the student writing a 30-page senior thesis — an in-depth analysis of a complex question — prior to graduation.  Additionally, Christendom students are taught how to write professionally from their first week at college, where every freshman must take a grammar test. Those who fail the test take a grammar course their first semester, teaching them the essential skills needed to be able to express thoughts correctly on paper later.

With its broad-based liberal arts curriculum, Christendom College cultivates strong written communication skills in every student. By learning how to communicate well on paper, Christendom students outrival other students and graduates by having the abilities to organize and express their thoughts in a clear, efficient, and professional style for which employers are eagerly searching.

This is part six of a series focusing on the skills every graduate needs to succeed after college, which Christendom College provides for its students. Learn how Christendom equips its students with people, leadership, critical thinking, and oral communication skills at christendom.edu/news.

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