A Message from Dr. Orrick

Jim OrrickI am Dr. Jim Scott Orrick, program coordinator for Humanities at Boyce College. I am glad to know that you are interested in studying here.

I am convinced that the primary purpose of education is not to gain a marketable skill; it is to learn how to joyfully live life as a human being created in the image of God. The Humanities program at Boyce College offers students the opportunity to explore truth and experience God through studying the Bible, history, literature, and philosophy.


A Humanities major is an especially good choice for two categories of students: first, students who have already attended college before coming to Boyce, and second, students who want a Bible-focused, well-rounded education taught from a deliberately Christian worldview. Since Humanities has a lot of flexibility in hours of study required, students who have already accumulated substantial college credit elsewhere are usually able to transfer more of those credits into Humanities than into other programs at Boyce. This makes a lot of sense if you intend to do graduate study. But even if you are not a transfer student and you do not intend to study beyond the undergraduate level, the Humanities program may be a good choice for you.


When C. S. Lewis studied at Oxford University, he majored in classical languages and literature, a program known as Literae Humaniores. In his biography of Lewis, here is how Alister McGrath describes the program: “Lit. Hum. was seen as a gateway to wisdom, rather than the mere accumulation of knowledge. It was about moral and cultural preparation for life, not simply the acquisition of factual information. Where other courses of study might aim merely to fill undergraduate minds, this one set out to shape them” (82). While our Humanities program at Boyce is much different than the course of study that Lewis pursued at Oxford, the aim of the two programs is the same: we are aiming to shape minds, and not merely fill them.


God is at work at Boyce College. Feel free to contact me, if I can be of any help to you.


In Christ,


Jim Scott Orrick