Bachelor of Philosophy (B. Phil)


The purpose of the Bachelor of Philosophy program at Sacred Heart Major Seminary is to provide an undergraduate degree in a two-year format with a major in philosophy for students who already possess a bachelor degree.


  1. That students develop the habit of using and integrating faith and reason.                      
    • Learning Outcome: Students will articulate in writing and orally the distinction and the relationship of faith and reason.
  2. That students shall be able to read carefully, think critically, write clearly, and speak persuasively.
    • Learning Outcome: Students will be able to read works in various genres and be able to understand their principal arguments and themes.
    • Learning Outcome: Students will be able to organize and defend arguments in speaking and writing that make their points of view clear and persuasive.
  3. That students achieve knowledge of both the historical and systematic aspects of the western philosophical tradition, particularly, though not exclusively, the tradition of Thomism
    • Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate a grasp of basic insights about nature, humanity, and God.
    • Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to explain both the individual structure of the articles and the overall structure of the Summa Teologica and demonstrate an ability to use it. 
  4. That students achieve a theological knowledge of both historical and systematic aspects of Catholic doctrine.
    • Learning Outcome: Students will be able to de ne and explain two basic truths in the areas of theological foundations, spirituality, moral theology, ecclesiology, Sacred Scripture, and liturgy and sacraments.
    • Learning Outcome: Students shall be able to explain the historical context and development of a major Catholic doctrine.


Course of Study (67 credit hours)

Languages (9 credit hours)

LAT 121Introductory Latin I3 cr
LAT 122Introductory Latin II3 cr
 A course in Spanish or other pastoral language 3 cr

Music (5 credit hours)                   

MUS 315Vocal Proficiency2 cr
MUS 350The Art of Liturgical Music3 cr

Theology (13 credit hours)

THE 123Introduction to the Catholic Faith2 cr
THE 210Introduction to Liturgy and Sacraments2 cr
THE 219Introduction to the Catholic Church2 cr
THE 243Introduction to Spirituality2 cr
THE 249Introduction to Sacred Scripture3 cr
THE 274Introduction to Moral Theology2 cr

Philosophy (40 credit hours) 

PHL 225Ancient Philosophy3 cr
PHL 235Medieval Philosophy3 cr
PHL 242Modern Philosophy3 cr
PHL 245Contemporary Philosophy3 cr
PHL 250Logic3 cr
PHL 300Epistemology3 cr
PHL 350Philosophy of Nature3 cr
PHL 365Philosophical Anthropology3 cr
PHL 380Natural Theology3 cr
PHL 410Ethics3 cr
PHL 420Political Philosophy3 cr
PHL 450Metaphysics3 cr
PHL 493Philosophy Thesis Seminar I*2 cr
PHL 494 Philosophy Thesis Seminar II*2 cr

*These courses are taken during the last four semesters of the program of study. Students will earn one credit per semester. 

Program Requirements

  • A minimum of 67 credit hours must be earned through completion of the course of study.
  • No less than 30 credit hours shall be earned in residence at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
  • Transferring students must earn credit for a minimum of two courses in philosophy at SHMS and complete a minimum of one full year of study at SHMS before qualifying for the degree.
  • Students must maintain a C average (2.0) for the required 60 semester hours (120 quality points).
  • Students must maintain a C average (2.0) for the courses earned in philosophy.
  • Students must participate in an assessment process of the academic program.

See a complete list of our Undergraduate Course Descriptions.

See our Academic Catalogs for this and past academic years.

Priestly Formation

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


Admissions information for this program can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions page.

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