Dear Students and Friends:
Greetings and welcome to the Catholic liberal arts college in Vancouver. As Corpus Christi College enters its eleventh year of service, and as I begin as the college’s third president, I thank you for considering the features and advantages of our undergraduate program.
Corpus Christi College was awarded Associate of Arts degree status by the B.C. Minister of Education last Spring. Now a Corpus Christi College diploma is transferable to any recognized degree granting post-secondary institution in the Province. This development greatly facilitates a Corpus Christi student’s access to a great variety of academic post-secondary institutions in order to complete any chosen full degree.
This is only one of the many features of the College. Corpus Christi offers a two-year liberal arts program that is grounded in the intellectual and moral tradition of the Catholic Faith. This tradition includes: i) a commitment to the education of the whole person; ii) a conviction that faith and reason are mutually illuminating and united in the search for truth; iii) a hopeful commitment to intellectual integration among disciplines; iv) a sacramental vision of reality that each discipline reveals something of the sacred; v) a trust and confidence in reason’s ability to grasp the intelligibility, meaning, and purpose of the universe; vi) an openness to God’s mystery and our fulfillment that lies beyond our vision at present; vii) a commitment to justice, human solidarity, and the common good.
Corpus Christi College invites and directs students to excellence in all areas of intellectual formation, including: academic excellence, growth in personal virtue, and service of others. It does this in large part due to our qualified and dedicated faculty and staff, engaging and dynamic instruction, strong student advisory support, and access to programs and services of the University of British Columbia.
"Corpus Christi College invites and directs students to excellence in all areas of intellectual formation, including: academic excellence, growth in personal virtue, and service of others."
The integration of education with personal and spiritual development is also reflected in other areas of student academic life, including: i) service learning opportunities both locally and abroad; ii) supportive environments for discussing and debating important and complex issues of our time that demand critical thinking guided by faith and morals; iii) directing students to make a difference in today’s world as ‘servant leaders’; iv) inspiring students to make a hopeful and constructive contribution, as well as providing the necessary skills and other tools to do so.
Yes, this is a lot for a two-year undergraduate school to accomplish – but this is both the vision and developing track record of Corpus Christi College. As I begin as this college’s new president, I invite you to consider both our vision and our results-to-date as you make the important decision about your undergraduate program.
Rev. Mark A Hagemoen, PH, DMin