Our Role As A Church-Related University
The founding of Muskingum University in 1837 by three local
Presbyterian congregations, just nine years after New Concord
was platted as a village, reflects the historic commitment
of Muskingum University to the church, and the church to the
The tie between church and college is symbiotic. Each helps
the other fulfill its mission more successfully than either
Muskingum has always taken its church relatedness seriously.
The commitment is demonstrated in the University's mission which
is to "offer quality academic programs in the setting of a
residential, coeducational, church-related college and in
the context of a caring community where individual fulfillment
is encouraged and human dignity is respected."
The University's primary purpose is to develop--intellectually,
spiritually, socially, and physically--whole persons, by fostering
critical thinking, positive action, ethical sensitivity and
spiritual growth, so that they may lead vocationally productive,
personally satisfying and socially responsible lives.
The University also places special emphasis upon certain community
ideals such as tolerance, civility, and respect for the personhood
and conscience of others.
Muskingum University also promotes programs that encourage and
develop international awareness and understanding. Formal
student-exchange agreements exist between Muskingum University
and universities around the world.
The Liberal Arts Essentials program (a basic curriculum taken
by all students) requires academic exposure to an international
perspective, and an international faculty and student body
add diversity to campus. The curriculum features a significant
and growing amount of course work in foreign area studies,
international business, international affairs, and foreign
languages and literature.
Religious Life at Muskingum
Muskingum University seeks to assist students in relating their
college experience to the Christian faith. Accordingly, the
campus ministry is designed to vitalize religious life on
Every student is given opportunities not only for academic
study of the Christian traditions
and of other world religions, but also for participation in
extracurricular programs and groups provided to stimulate
intelligent reflection upon, and develop mature understanding
of, the Christian faith.
The college minister coordinates the
religious life activities on campus
and is also available for personal and religious counsel.
Campus ministry programs, including the Beacon of Life lecture
series, often address contemporary social, political, and
ethical issues from a Christian perspective. The college minister's
office also sponsors speakers, films, and programs to supplement
Through the Center for
Church Life, Muskingum works with congregations in the
local presbytery to develop programs which will assist churches
of all denominations in serving their congregations and
communities. Mr Tom Martin serves as the Interim Director.
His extention is 6104.