Over the last two millennia of Western civilization, the classical liberal arts approach to education has produced the best critical thinkers and the most persuasive communicators the world has ever known. You become part of this great tradition as a Hillsdale student, and you can continue it as a classical education teacher at the elementary, secondary, or college level. In this minor, you’ll gain a broad knowledge based in the seven classical liberal arts—the trivium (which, in the medieval university, were grammar, logic, and rhetoric) and the quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music). You can also pursue a Liberal Arts Teacher Apprenticeship, working for a semester under the supervision of a master teacher locally or throughout the U.S. And you’ll become part of a movement to reclaim education’s role in developing moral character and civic virtue. Classical Education is offered as a minor only.
"As a friend once told me, good teaching is the overflow of a full life. In my classes, I therefore try to fill my students’ lives with as much goodness, truth, and beauty as I can."
Daniel Coupland, Classical Education
Jeffrey S. Lehman, Classical Education
Benjamin V. Beier
Central to any philosophy of education is one’s understanding of the human person. Truth is the proper object of the human mind.
We believe that the liberal arts in particular and liberal education in general are the surest, most time-tested way to direct students toward a life that is truly free.