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GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREES
  1. The degree of Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and the Liberal Arts is granted to those students who fulfill the following general minimum requirements:
    1. 124 semester hours in courses specified below or approved by the Academic Dean, with at least 56 hours of upper-division courses. Any student seeking a degree from Saint Joseph Seminary College is required to be a full-time resident student, taking a minimum of 12 semester hours each semester of enrollment. Courses required by Saint Joseph Seminary College and taken at another college will not be accepted for transfer credit unless previously approved as such by the Academic Dean.
    2. Ordinarily, the last 32 semester hours of credit must be in residence at Saint Joseph Seminary College.
    3. Maintain a cumulative C average in the courses applicable toward the degree and in upper-division required courses.
    4. As specified in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Program of Priestly Formation, there will be a minimum of 30 semester hours in philosophy and 12 semester hours in undergraduate theology.
    5. Six semester hours in Latin are required for satisfying the language requirement; additional hours may be undertaken through four to six hours of another language or by a further four to six hours of Latin.
    6. Completion, submission and defense of the Capstone Portfolio.
    7. Payment of the graduation fee and presence at the graduation exercises are required of all who receive a degree.
  2. The degree of Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theological Studies is granted to those students who fulfill the following general minimum requirements:
    1. Hold 60 or more hours of applicable credit from another institution (see description under Programs).
    2. Ordinarily, the last 31 semester hours of credit must be in residence at Saint Joseph Seminary College.
    3. Maintain a cumulative C average in the courses applicable toward the degree and in upper division required courses.
    4. As specified in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Program of Priestly Formation, there will be a minimum of 30 semester hours in philosophy and 12 semester hours in undergraduate theology.
    5. Six semester hours in Latin are required toward satisfying the language requirement.
    6. Completion, submission and defense of the Capstone Portfolio.
    7. Payment of the graduation fee and presence at the graduation exercises are required of all who receive a degree.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

The Louisiana Board of Regents has established Statewide General Education Requirements which are found in Board of Regents Academic Affairs Policy 2.16; Statewide General Education Requirements. The goals of the Statewide General Education Requirements are that the undergraduate completer shall attain appropriate competencies in the following areas: oral and written communication, reading, abstract reasoning and critical thinking, mathematics, the scientific method, informational applications, cultural diversity, and the fine and performing arts. St. Joseph Seminary College provides a common general education core curriculum which...
  1. Assures proficiency in basic English skills so that students are able to communicate effectively in both writing and speech.
  2. Assures proficiency in mathematics so that students are able to understand and use numerical data appropriate to their chosen career field.
  3. Develops scientific literacy and an understanding of the scientific method.
  4. Fosters those habits necessary to learn independently.
  5. Exposes students to the history and nature of the fine and performing arts.
  6. Develops an awareness of the great ideas, issues, and questions of world cultures.
All baccalaureate degrees include minimum general education requirements. General education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and the Liberal Arts are listed below. General education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theological Studies are described in the section regarding that program.
  • English composition - 6 hours
  • Fine Arts - 3 hours
  • History - 6 hours
  • Foreign Language - 6 hours
  • Literature - 3 hours
  • Mathematics - 3 hours
  • Natural Science - 6 hours
  • Philosophy - 9 hours
  • Psychology - 3 hours
  • Theology - 6 hours