Blackburn College

Blackburn College provides a rigorous,distinctive, and affordable liberal arts education that prepares students to be responsible, productive citizens. Since 1913 the college’s student-managed work program has helped to make the dream of a college education affordable for thousands of first generation students. Blackburn students hail from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds. Its small size, democratic tradition and work program encourage wide participation by all, and promote a friendly, collegial atmosphere.

Students work 160 hours per semester, or an average of 10 hrs per week minimum requirement up to 320 hours per semester, or 20 hours per week maximum.

Description of work program
The Blackburn College Student-Managed Work Program provides opportunities for student learning and personal growth and development including “hands-on” leadership. In addition to a variety of job specific knowledge, the work program creates opportunities for the development of numerous skills, abilities, habits, and attitudes that help better prepare students for a successful transition to life, work, and career after college. Students also gain an added sense of community, service, and individual responsibility as a result of belonging, sharing, and contributing through their work. All of this and it also reduces costs!

Students are involved in all the work necessary to the operations of the College and in community service work in the Carlinville community. Of particular note is the fact that students have helped construct the majority of campus buildings.

Blackburn College offers more than 40 majors.

Degrees offered
Blackburn College offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with an academic major. A student has the option of selecting an academic minor, but a minor is not required for graduation.

Majors offered
Blackburn students can choose from over (40) majors in the following sixteen academic departments/programs; Art, Biology, Business and Economics, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Education, English, History, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology, and Spanish. The College also offers pre-professional programs in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Law, Theology, Pre-Nursing and Medical Technology.

Most popular majors
Education, Biology, Business, Criminal Justice, and Psychology have the largest number of majors.

Currently jobs exist as classroom aides with the local elementary and middle schools and the Carlinville Head Start Center, as assistants/aides with the local Food Pantry, Center for Developmentally Disabled, Recycling Center, Beaver Dam State Park, Public Health Department, Adult Learning Center, and Carlinville Chamber of Commerce. Students also staff the college’s office of volunteer services, which recruits students, faculty, and staff volunteers for a variety of service projects of a “one-time” nature including activities of the college’s Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Mission statement
Blackburn College, founded in 1837 and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), provides a coeducational student body with a rigorous, distinctive, and affordable liberal arts education that prepares graduates to be responsible, productive citizens. The Blackburn community values critical and independent thinking, leadership development, respect for all individuals, and lifelong learning. The College fosters a sense of service, community, and moral responsibility through its unique student-managed work program, its collegial concept of shared governance, and its faculty/staff mentor relationship with students.

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Teacher education programs are accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Institutional memberships include: the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges, the College Entrance Examination Board, the Federation of Illinois Colleges and Universities, the Associated Colleges of Illinois, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, and is a charter member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Special Opportunities
Study Abroad/Travel Abroad: Latin American Semester
Semester in Ecuador – students spend a semester at the Centers for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI) in Cuenca, Ecuador.

British Semester – students spend a semester at Swansea University in Wales.

Washington Semester – Students spend a semester in Washington D.C. to observe and study government in action.

Internships - During their junior or senior year, many students intern with one of the College’s academic departments in a variety of business, arts, social service, government and scientific experiences both on and off-campus.

Blackburn College is located in Carlinville, Illinois the county seat of Macoupin County. Carlinville has a population of approximately 6000 people. The 80-acre campus is situated 40 miles southwest of the state capital Springfield and 60 miles northeast of St. Louis, Missouri.

Blackburn College
700 College Avenue
Carlinville, IL 62626


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