Bachelor of Arts


Summary of the Program

The 120-credit hour Bachelor of Arts Degree program, which provides a philosophically-based Catholic honors liberal arts curriculum with a major in Philosophy, Theology, English in the Humanities, or History in the Social Sciences, can be pursued completely on-campus or completely online or a mixture of both on-campus and online courses. Students who complete at least ten courses in any of the four major areas may double major. The program is designed to give the student the proper preparation for graduate work in a related area, for teaching, or for ministry.

The B.A. program requires an understanding of Philosophy, Theology, Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics and the Physical Sciences.

A maximum of 60 credit hours with a grade of C or higher will be accepted for transfer into the B.A. program, provided credits are from accredited colleges, have not already been used for a Bachelor’s degree or higher, and are applicable to the B.A. degree. Of accepted transfer credits, only fifteen may be in a student’s area of concentration. Acceptance of transfer credits is at the discretion of the Academic Dean. The college also accepts CLEP testing (see the CLEP testing policy).

There is a six-year time limit from entry into the program for completion of the degree requirements.

Admission Requirements to the B.A. Program

Applicants for the B.A. program should follow the College Division Admissions Procedure. They must possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants must be able to show proficiency in both English and Mathematics, either evidenced by previous college experience, or by proficiency exam.

Classification

Beginning July 1, 2015, students may transfer into their degree program as many as, but no more than, 60 credits.

1) Freshman, 0-29 credits
2) Sophomore, 30-59 credits
3) Junior, 60-89 credits
4) Senior, 90-120 credits

Undergraduate Core Curriculum

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Year One

Fall Semester            Spring Semester
First Year

Focus:

Liberal Arts and Sciences

1.       ENG 131 Poetry*

2.      ENG 181 Research and Writing

3.      HUM 103 Humanities in Ancient World

4.      PHS 311 Logic*

5.      PAS 161 Catechism I*

1.       ENG 151 Drama*

2.      SOC 103 Sociology

3.      HUM 104 Humanities in Early Christian World

4.      PHS 450 Philosophical Anthropology*

5.      PAS 162 Catechism II*

Year Two

Second Year

Focus:

Liberal Arts and Sciences

1.       ENG 221 Novel*

2.      SCM 101 Math in the Liberal Arts*

3.      HIS 101 Western Civ I*

4.      LAT 201 Latin I

5.      SOC 253 Political Science

1.       PSY 200 Psychology*

2.      SCM 201 Physics-Lab*

3.      HIS 102 Western Civ II*

4.      LAT 202 Latin II

5.      SOC 275 Economics

Year Three

 

Third Year

Focus:

Philosophy

1.       CHH 300 Church History

2.      PHH 301 History of Ancient Philosophy*

3.      PHE 501 Ethics

4.      SAS 101 Scripture*

5.      FPA 311 Fine Arts

1.       SCM 220 Chemistry-Lab

2.      PHH 304 History of Medieval Philosophy*

3.      PHS 490 Metaphysics*

4.      MTH 300 Moral Theology*

5.      HIS 201 American History

Year Four

Fourth Year

Focus:

Theology

1.       PHS 414 Epistemology

2.      SAS 451 Synoptic Gospels*

3.      MTH 380 Theology of the Body*

4.      LLT 453 Liturgical Theology

5.      Major Area Elective

1.       PHS 415 Philosophy of God*

2.      SAS 471 Letters of St. Paul

3.      PHE 425 Bioethics

4.      APO 512 Apologetics

5.      Major Area Elective

* Denotes a required course. A total of 20 courses are core and required. A total of 20 courses are non-core and only recommended. Students can substitute the non-core courses for other courses of their choosing.

Discipline Descriptions for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

Humanities

These courses include Art, English, Literature, and Speech. Additional Philosophy courses beyond the requirement may also be used as Humanities credits. These courses develop the student’s ability to express and articulate abstract concepts to a broad audience.

Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Courses in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences are required for a rounded college education. Courses may be taken at Holy Apostles or at another accredited college or university.

Philosophy

These courses will examine the basic areas of philosophy as they relate to Christian Theology. Logic, Epistemology, and Metaphysics provide students with an understanding of the foundations of philosophical thinking. Courses such as Philosophy of God or Ethics lead students to a deeper intellectual insight into the Christian belief structure. The courses are geared to help the student combine faith with knowledge and to practice looking at life through the paradigm of Christian Theology.

Theology

These courses include Scripture, Religious Education, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Theological Research and Writing, Moral and Dogmatic Theology, and Evangelization. They help students to acquire a better understanding of the Living Tradition and the Living Word, and to further develop their own personal spirituality.

Social Sciences

These courses study the social aspect of human life including Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, History and Education. They are intended to help the student bring the Gospel message to others in a culturally relevant way by better understanding the perspectives from which others view the Christian faith.