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Bachelor of Arts (A.B.)

Purpose

The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts program at Sacred Heart Major Seminary is to provide an undergraduate liberal arts degree in a four-year format with a major in philosophy or pastoral theology.

 

Goals

  1. That students develop the habit of using and integrating faith and reason.
    • Students will articulate in writing and orally the distinction and the relationship of faith and reason.
  1. That students acquire a range of knowledge of human culture and civilization.
    • Students will be able to carry out measurements, solve problems, and make calculations in order to understand the findings and functions of natural science.
    • Students in music appreciation courses will be able to identify key movements, composers, and music concepts, especially sacred music.
    • Students will be able to summarize an excerpt from a Latin text and translate a short passage.
    • Students will be able to describe an important historical event and explore its historical and modern significance.
       
  2. That student communicate effectively in oral and written form.
    • Students will be able to produce an essay which demonstrates sound rhetorical practice, organization, and mechanics, and is appropriate to higher education.
    • Students will be able to make a clear, effective oral presentation on a topic.
  1. That students have the ability to make critical evaluations within the context of various disciplines.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to draw valid conclusions.
  • Students will be able to infer meaning, identify key ideas, and recognize rhetorical devices in a text.
  • Students will demonstrate in writing an effective critical evaluation of a topic.

Philosophy Major Goal 

That students achieve knowledge of both the historical and systematic aspects of the Western philosophical tradition, particularly, though not exclusively, the tradition of Thomism.

 

  • Students will be able to articulate basic distinctions about God and the world and articulate the human capacity to engage reason.
  • Students will be able to explain a basic understanding about the composite of body and soul in the human person.
  • Students will be able to describe the formation of the Summa Theologica and explain the individual structure of the articles and the overall architecture of the work.
  • Students will be able to reference pertinent concepts in the Summa Theologica and apply the concepts to a philosophical problem or question.

Course of Study (120 credit hours)

 

Communication and Language Arts (9 credit hours)

CLA 153 Rhetoric 3 cr
CLA 154 Critical research Skills 3 cr
CLA 161 Intro to Oral Communication 3 cr

 

 

Science and Mathematics (9 credit hours)

Mathematics 3 cr
Natural Science 3 cr
Physical Science 3 cr

 

 

Social Sciences (9 credit hours)

Introduction to Sociology (or) Psychology 3 cr
A course in World History 3 cr
A course in American History 3 cr

 

Humanities (9 credit hours)

A course in World Literature 3 cr
A course in American Literature 3 cr
A course in Art Appreciation 3 cr

 

Music (5 credit hours)

MUS 315 Vocal Proficiency* 2 cr
MUS 350 The Art of Liturgical Music 3 cr

*Commuter students may substitute 2 credit hours of electives with permission of the academic advisor.

 

Languages (15 credit hours)

LAT 121 Introductory Latin I 3 cr
LAT 122 Introductory Latin II 3 cr
LAT 211 Intermediate Latin I 3 cr
LAT 212 Intermediate Latin II 3 cr
Spanish or another pastoral language* 3 cr

  *Commuter students may substitute 3 credit hours of electives with permission of the academic advisor.

 

Theology (13 credit hours)

THE 123 Introduction to Theology 2 cr
THE 210 Introduction to Liturgy and Sacraments 2 cr
THE 219 Introduction to the catholic Church 2 cr
THE 243 Introduction to Spirituality 2 cr
THE 249 Introduction to Sacred Scripture 3 cr
THE 274 Introduction to Moral Theology 2 cr

 

Philosophy (40 credit hours)

PHL 225 Ancient Philosophy 3 cr
PHL 235 Medieval Philosophy 3 cr
PHL 242 Modern Philosophy 3 cr
PHL 245 Contemporary Philosophy 3 cr
PHL 250 Logic 3 cr
PHL 300 Epistemology 3 cr
PHL 350 Philosophy of Nature 3 cr
PHL 365 Philosophical Anthropology 3 cr
PHL 380 Natural Theology 3 cr
PHL 410 Ethics 3 cr
PHL 420 Political Philosophy 3 cr
PHL 450 Ethics 3 cr
PHL 495-8 Philosophy Thesis Seminar I-IV* 4 cr

*This course is taken during the last four semesters of the program of study.  Students will earn one credit per semester.

 

Electives (11 credit hours)

Students must take sufficient elective courses to meet the graduation requirement. Students are counseled to choose elective courses according to a plan of study that will help them achieve their personal goals for their undergraduate education.

Some of the courses for the A.B. degree may be taken through the Detroit Area Catholic Higher Education Consortium or through applied transfer credit, subject to transfer credit guidelines.

 

Pastoral Theology Major Goal

That students achieve knowledge of both historical and systematic aspects of Catholic doctrine and its application in ministry.

  • Students will be able to define and explain orally at least two basic truths in each of the areas of theological foundations, spirituality, moral theology, ecclesiology, Sacred Scripture, liturgy and sacraments.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of Catholic doctrine.

Course of Study (120 credit hours)

 

Communication and Language Arts (9 credit hours)

CLA 153 Rhetoric 3 cr
CLA 154 Critical Research Skills 3 cr
CLA 161 Intro to Oral Communication 3 cr

 

Science and Mathematics (9 credit hours)

Mathematics 3 cr
Natural Science 3 cr
Physical Science 3 cr

 

Social Sciences (9 credit hours)

Introduction to Sociology (or) Psychology 3 cr
A course in World History 3 cr
A course in American History 3 cr

 

Humanities (9 credit hours)

A course in World Literature 3 cr
A course in American Literature 3 cr
A course in Art Appreciation 3 cr
A course in Music Appreciation 3 cr

 

Languages (12 credit hours)

LAT 121 Introductory Latin I 3 cr
LAT 122 Introductory Latin II 3 cr
Foreign language (a pastoral language is encouraged) 6 cr

 

Philosophy (6 credit hours)

Philosophy Electives 6 cr

 

Theology (36 credit hours)

THE 123 Introduction to Theology 2 cr
THE 210 Introduction to Liturgy and Sacraments 2 cr
THE 219 Introduction to the Catholic Church 2 cr
THE 243 Introduction to Spirituality 2 cr
THE 249 Introduction to Sacred Scripture 3 cr
THE Introduction to Moral Theology 2 cr
THE 310 Apologetics I 3 cr
THE 315 Apologetics II 3 cr
THE 499 Theology Capstone 2 cr
Theology Electives 15 cr

 

Pastoral Ministry (14 credit hours)

MNS 101 Theology of Ministry 2 cr
MNS 350 Reflection Seminar 1 cr
MNS 351 Reflection Seminar 1 cr
Ministry Electives 10 cr

 

Electives (13 credit hours)

Students must take sufficient elective courses to meet the graduation requirement. Students are counseled to choose elective courses according to a plan of study that will help them achieve their personal goals for their undergraduate education.

 

Some of the course requirements for the A.B. degree may be taken through the Detroit Area Catholic Higher Education Consortium or through applied transfer credits, subject to transfer credit guidelines.

 

Program Requirements

  1. A minimum of 120 credits must be earned through completion of the course of study.
  2. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned in residence at SHMS.
  3. Students must maintain a C average (2.0) for the required 120 semester hours.
  4. Philosophy majors only:  Students must maintain a C average (2.0) for the courses earned in philosophy.
  5. Pastoral Theology majors only:  Students must participate in three formation sessions during the course of study:
  • Discernment
  • Theological Reflection
  • Spiritual Direction
  1. Students must participate in an assessment process of the academic program.

 

Priestly Formation

Students aspiring to the priesthood participate in the programs of spiritual, human and apostolic formation as part of the AB program in philosophy. These formational goals and requirements are spelled out in the seminarian formation handbook.