General Information Regarding the Undergraduate Program

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.

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 60 credit hours.

(3) The overall core curriculum is comprised of 60 credit hours.

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

(5) All students choose a concentration comprised of 18 credit hours in one of three areas: Catholic Classical Education; Business and Entrepreneurship; or Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

(6) Elective courses are comprised of 6 credit hours, which may be comprised of a senior thesis research project.

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

The Undergraduate Core Curriculum

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.

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
(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.


Each student will choose one of four concentrations as part of their upper division coursework, including four required courses as well as six hours of experiential learning: Business and Entrepreneurship, Catholic Classical Education, Pre-Law, or Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.  Every student will have a “field” placement and project to complete the fall and spring semesters of their senior year.  The program plan sheets below will assist students in tracking their progress in each of the B. Phil’s concentrations.

BPhil Program Plan - Business and Entrepreneurship Concentration

BPhil Program Plan - Catholic Classical Educational Concentration

BPhil Program Plan - Pre-Law Concentration

BPhil Program Plan - Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Concentration

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