General Education — Mission
Academic Mission: To Develop the Whole Person, Intellectually, Spiritually, Aesthetically, Socially, and Physically
Wittenberg University's fundamental purpose is to help educate the creative minority of a civilization, to develop in harmony the intellectual, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical qualities which characterize wholeness of person.
Wittenberg's primary purpose is to provide a learning environment and a teaching faculty of superior quality committed to liberal arts education and designed to impart knowledge, inspire inquiry, and encourage independent thought so that Wittenberg men and women will live responsibly, think critically and creatively, judge rationally, communicate effectively, appreciate the aesthetic, and develop a commitment and enthusiasm for learning that will last throughout their lives.
Wittenberg, related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, seeks to manifest its Christian commitment and Lutheran heritage. For academic and social integrity, Wittenberg encourages an environment of respect for all people and diverse beliefs. However, the University also encourages critical assessment of personal faith, beliefs, and ethics. The University community challenges its members to perceive themselves as servants in society through clarification, assessment, and development of their spiritual beliefs and ethical values as these are manifested in academic, personal, and social pursuits.
Wittenberg encourages an understanding and appreciation of the fine and performing arts, music, literature, theater, dance, and the visual arts to enrich life's aesthetic experience. It believes that the rewards from such study and performance significantly enhance the lives of its students. It believes that developing a disciplined creativity of and a sensitivity to the themes and techniques of diverse forms of artistic expression goes far toward increasing awareness of the challenges of the human condition through the ages.
Wittenberg teaches moral responsibility, social consciousness, vocational commitment, and constructive social change as the foundations of citizenship in the world's human community and in each person's particular society. The University emphasizes learning that prepares its students for the many occupations and professions necessary for society's well-being. Wittenberg teaches respect for and appreciation of the physical world and the place in nature for humanity and recognizes the obligation to care for the human body and to nurture, conserve, and protect natural resources.