Education

Tradition teaches that education is the art of making persons better by learning. And we learn in only two ways: by discovery and by instruction—that is, without or with the help of a teacher. Learning with the help of a teacher constitutes formal education.

For formal education to take place one needs a teacher, a student, and a subject. With these three things true education can happen anywhere: on Mark Hopkins’ proverbial log, in the groves of Plato’s Academy, at Aristotle’s Lyceum, along the seashore, where students walked and talked, or on the ranchlands of Wyoming Catholic College.

However, whereas a teacher and student seeking truth while sitting on a log may be education, it is not a college. As the word itself implies, a college is essentially a “collection”—a well-ordered gathering together of teachers, students, and subjects, ordered to an educational purpose, or mission. Education at Wyoming Catholic College is defined by its mission, its teachers, its students, and its curriculum.

BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, SEAT OF WISDOM
Blessed Virgin Mary, Seat of Wisdom.

Wyoming Catholic College is a four-year college committed to offering a liberal arts education that steeps its students in the awesome beauty of our created, natural world and imbues them with the best that has been thought and said in Western civilization, including the moral and intellectual heritage of the Catholic Church. The college strives to promote a love of learning, an understanding of natural order, and the quest for virtuous living so that its graduates will assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society.

The curriculum and campus are devoted to the formation of the whole person, i.e., the spiritual, physical and intellectual dimensions. Studies include the classics of imaginative literature, history, mathematics, science, philosophy, fine arts, and theology. They employ the great and good books as well as the natural created world, effecting a rich combination of intellectual and experiential or poetic knowledge. Students’ imaginations are enriched and their capacity for wonder deepened. Moreover, students and faculty share in a campus life that reflects the ideals taught directly and indirectly in the classroom.

In this Catholic tradition, emphasis lies not on the dissemination of information, but on the development and perfection of the intellect, the passions, and the will, enabling students to approach and embrace the good, the true, and the beautiful throughout their lives.

In addressing the whole person, the college contributes to the students’ spiritual and moral formation. This is done via Catholic culture, context, and traditions. The faculty and college are faithful to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church and the deposit of faith handed down over the past two thousand years.