Campion College of Washington, D.C. is a two-year college with an integrated Catholic
liberal arts, great books curriculum designed to prepare students to
transfer into a four-year university of their choice. It offers a single
degree: Catholic Humanities.
In 2002, a group of faculty members, administrators, and alumni of the St. Ignatius Institute
of the University of San Francisco decided to act upon an idea they had
been thinking about, praying over, and discussing for some years: an independent
program embodying both the spirit and the curriculum of the original St.
Ignatius Institute, free from the constraints of a larger university.
The mission of Campion College is to provide talented and disciplined young men and women with
the solid foundation of an integrated Catholic Liberal Arts education
and the academic preparation necessary for the pursuit of further studies
necessary for a successful professional career. Its academic curriculum
is grounded in the long and rich tradition of Christian humanism as it
has been preserved and fostered within the Catholic Church. Because Christian
education aims at the formation of the whole person in the image of the
God--man, Jesus Christ, Campion College is committed to providing this
education in an environment which fosters personal, spiritual, and social
formation in fidelity to the teaching and tradition of the Catholic Church.
Campion College also has affiliation agreements with Ave Maria University of Ann Arbor, Michigan;
Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio; and the pontifical International
Theological Institute of Gaming, Austria whereby, prior to official accreditation,
the courses of Campion graduates will be accepted for transfer at those
institutions. At Gaming’s ITI, whose grand chancellor is Cardinal Christoph
Schönborn, Campion graduates will be able to complete a Master of Divinity
degree with three years of additional course work.
Campion College intends to limit its initial enrollment to 15 or 30 highly qualified and highly
motivated students. Admission requirements: minimum grade point average
of 3.5; minimum SAT score of 1200. Exceptions may be made for students
who have demonstrated ability and desire to pursue a demanding Catholic
The President of Campion College of Washington, D.C. is Robert Royal, director fo the Faith and Reason Institute.
Campion College is by intention a small, intense learning community. For the most part, at
least in its early years, faculty will be adjunct faculty, teaching only
one course per semester at the College, while being available to students
in both formal and informal settings outside of class. Among those who
have agreed to teach courses or lead seminars at the College are former
faculty of the St. Ignatius Institute of the University of San Francisco.
St. Edmund Campion was an English Jesuit martyred for his Catholic faith in 1581. In a time
of persecution when many of the faithful and all but one of the English
hierarchy had abandoned the Catholic faith, Campion began his studies,
as an Anglican, at Oxford. He was a brilliant and eloquent scholar with
a powerful and engaging personality. Some of Oxford's best students gathered
around him as their mentor and he earned the patronage and goodwill of
Queen Elizabeth herself.
He was ordained a deacon in the Anglican Church, but his study of the Fathers of the Church
convinced him of the truth of the Catholic faith. He left England, entered
the Society of Jesus in Rome, and eventually returned to England in disguise
to support and defend the Catholic faith. "Campion's Brag", his declaration
that his mission in England was religious and not political, was a sensation
in his day and was circulated among Catholics to encourage them in their
faith. His "Ten Reasons" explained why he had challenged the most learned
Protestants openly to discuss religion with him.
He was betrayed after celebrating Mass and preaching clandestinely. At his trial, he declared:
"In condemning us you condemn all your own ancestors…. To be condemned
with these old lights--not of England only but of the world-by their degenerate
descendents is both gladness and glory to us. God lives. Posterity will
live. Their judgment is not so liable to corruption as that of those who
now sentence us to death." He was hanged at Tyburn in London on December
St. Edmund Campion is a model of that eloquentia perfecta which was the hallmark of Jesuit
education for centuries after his death.