General Information Regarding the Undergraduate Program

§1. Description of the Undergraduate Program

The Holy Spirit College undergraduate program of study leads students to acquire the Bachelor of Philosophy degree (BPhil) in Philosophy and Theology. Reception of the degree requires the attainment of 120 credit hours. The degree provides a rigorous liberal arts program designed for students to acquire basic knowledge in many disciplines, with a special emphasis on the Catholic intellectual tradition.

§2. Partnership with Thomas More College

Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts and Holy Spirit College maintain a dual-enrollment agreement for students at Holy Spirit College who wish to continue their education at Thomas More and earn a regionally accredited Bachelor of Arts degree in addition to the BPhil degree awarded by Holy Spirit College. It is possible to complete the Thomas More College degree with one additional year of study upon completion of the Holy Spirit College BPhil degree.

§3. BPhil in Philosophy and Theology Requirements

(1) The program involves the acquisition of 120 credit hours. Transfer students must earn at least 60 credit hours at Holy Spirit College.

(2) Length of study at Holy Spirit College may not exceed seven years.

(3) The overall core curriculum is comprised of 66 credit hours.

(4) Theology and philosophy courses (excluding the senior thesis) must comprise at least 36 credit hours.

(5) Elective courses are comprised of 12 credit hours.

(6) The senior thesis research project is comprised of 6 credit hours.

(7) A minimum grade of (C-) is required in all upper level courses.

 

The Undergraduate Core Curriculum

§1. Description of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum

Holy Spirit College seeks to provide a classical core education for students interested in a challenging and edifying course of study. The curriculum is dedicated to a study of the liberal arts and designed to produce clear writers, critical thinkers, and sophisticated readers. Our faculty will prompt students to consider profound questions in philosophy and literature, to ponder the complexities of mathematics, science, and language, while becoming familiar with the great events in the history of Western civilization.

Holy Spirit College seeks to provide a clear focus and direction for intellectual life, requiring students to put forth effort in preparation for the challenges of graduate school, professional careers, and adult life.

The ultimate goal of the College is to educate the whole person and help him or her internalize learning, make prudent decisions, and pursue excellence. It is the task of the College to prepare students intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually to become citizens in their local communities.

The core curriculum offers students the opportunity to take specific courses in the great traditions of the liberal arts. In these carefully selected courses, students share together in the discovery of truth and acquire the indispensable foundation for a lifelong learning. The courses provide a breadth and depth of knowledge and allow for theology and natural science to be integrated within the liberal arts.

Core Credit Distribution

ENGL 100 and 150                                                    6 Credit Hours
HIST 100, 150, and 300                                           9 Credit Hours
LATN 100 and 150                                                     6 Credit Hours
LITR 200 and 250                                                     6 Credit Hours
MATH 200, 210, 220, 230 (choose two)              6 Credit Hours
PHIL 100, 150, 200, and 250                                12 Credit Hours
RHET 300                                                                  3 Credit Hours
SCEV 200 and 250                                                   6 Credit Hours
THEO 100, 150, 200, and 250                              12 Credit Hours
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Total                                                                            66 Credit Hours

§2. Outcomes of the Core Curriculum

Outcome 1- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the broad Western tradition and the Catholic intellectual tradition

(a) Students will demonstrate knowledge of the governmental, political, and societal
structures of the United States
(b) Students will demonstrate knowledge of the major historical events and movements which formed Western civilization
(c) Students will demonstrate knowledge of the central philosophers and philosophical traditions which have informed Western civilization
(d) Students will demonstrate an understanding of the Christian doctrines of the Trinity, creation, redemption, and the articles of the Apostles’ Creed

Outcome 2 – Students will demonstrate the following skills in communication and scientific reasoning

(a) Students will demonstrate the ability to translate Latin sentences and analyze their   syntax
(b) Students will demonstrate the skills in written argumentation under the aspects of:
  - Invention
  - Organization
  - Style
(c) Students will demonstrate skills in oral presentation
(d) Students will demonstrate skills in performing mathematical operations and solving
equations
(e) Students will demonstrate skills of careful scientific observation and data recording, including:
  - Hypothesis formation
  - Recognition of dependent and independent variables
  - Development of control experiments
  - Proper experimental design including data analysis

Outcome 3 – Students will demonstrate the fundamental habit of integrating “religious and moral principles with their academic study and non-academic activities, thus integrating faith with life” (Ex corde Ecclesiae)

(a) Students will evince commitment to the spiritual and moral aims of the Catholic mission of the College through participation in the sacramental life of the Church
(b) Students will evince that they seek professional excellent, aspire to leadership, and reflect responsible citizenship

§3. Suggested Schedule for Core Courses

First Year

Fall Academic Term  
     ENGL 100
     HIST 100
     LATN 100
     PHIL 100
     THEO 100

Spring Academic Term  
     ENGL 150
     HIST 150
     LATN 150
     PHIL 150
     THEO 150

Second Year

Fall Academic Term  
     LITR 200
     MATH 200, 210, 220, or 230
     PHIL 200
     SCEV 200
     THEO 200

Spring Academic Term  
     LITR 250
     MATH 200, 210, 220, or 230
     PHIL 250
     SCEV 250
     THEO 250

Third Year

Fall Academic Term  
     HIST 300
     RHET 300

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