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.


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

First Semester Second Semester
ENG 131: Poetry* ENG 151: Drama*
SCM 101: Mathematics among the Liberal Arts* SCM 201: Physics-Lab*
HUM 181: Humanities in the Ancient World HUM 182: Humanities in the Early Christian and Medieval World
ENG 171: Composition and Rhetoric SOC 181: Sociology
PAS 161: Catechetics I* PAS 162: Catechetics II*

Year Two

First Semester Second Semester
ENG 221: Novels, Short Stories and Literary Research* PSY 201: Psychology*
HIS 211: American History I SCM 220: Chemistry-Lab
HIS 201: Western Civilization I* HIS 202: Western Civilization II*
LAT 201: Latin I LAT 202: Latin II
SOC 253: Political Science SOC 275: Economics

Year Three

First Semester Second Semester
PHS 311: Logic PHS 551: Philosophical Anthropology*
PHH 301: History of Ancient Philosophy* PHH 304: History of Medieval Philosophy*
PHE 501: Ethics PHS 590: Metaphysics*
SAS 101: Sacred Scripture* MTH 300: Moral Theology*
FPA 221: Fine Arts: Renaissance to the Present CHH 300: Church History

Year Four

First Semester Second Semester
PHS 414: Epistemology PHS 415: Philosophy of God*
SAS 451: Synoptic Gospels SAS 471: Letters of St. Paul
MTH 585: Marriage and Theology of the Body* PHE 425: Fundamental Bioethics*
LLT 453: Liturgical Theology PAS 512: Apologetics*
Major Area Elective 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


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.


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.


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.