Holy Spirit College seeks to provide a clear focus and direction for intellectual life, requiring students to put forth effort in preparation for the challenges of graduate school, professional careers, and adult life.
The ultimate goal of the College is to educate the whole person and help him or her internalize learning, make prudent decisions, and pursue excellence. It is the task of the College to prepare students intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually to become citizens in their local communities.
Undergraduate Career Paths
Holy Spirit College's undergraduate curriculum includes one approved undergraduate degree: the B. Phil., or Bachelor’s of Philosophy, which focuses on theology and, of course, philosophy. This is the kind of broad liberal arts degree that employers are going to be looking for as near-term advances in areas like artificial intelligence occur, and as the economy changes and makes what a lot of people think of as practical degrees obsolete. Employers will increasingly want creative people who can think deeply. And we have some ideas about how to make this kind of degree more practical too. So while every undergraduate who graduates will finish with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy, along the way they will all choose one of several concentrations. These concentrations are comprised of four courses in their respective areas, along with practical field placements in the senior year:
- Business and Entrepreneurship. Students in this concentration will receive training in business ethics and development, and will include an internship with a local business.
- Classical Catholic Education. This concentration will help prepare students to become teachers and will include an experience in a school setting.
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PP&E). This is an interdisciplinary social science focus that’s based on a concept which originated at Oxford University. Students in this concentration will study the intersection of philosophy, politics, and economics in more detail, and will work on a project in a field of interest their senior year.
- Pre-Law. This concentration includes some introductory courses in legal thinking and practice and will end with an experience in the legal field before students go off to law school.
- Theology. This concentration provides even more in-depth study of Catholic Theology appropriate for students who are discerning vocations of those who would like to work for the institutional Church in some other capacity.
Holy Spirit College strives to work with each student on an individual basis in order to assist that student in attaining his or her post-graduation goals. Discussion of such goals factors prominently into the admissions interview process. Such goals may involve advancing to a higher degree of graduate study (for example, the College MTh program or a PhD program elsewhere) or finding degree-related employment. Such forms of employment include the following: positions of leadership in parish or ecclesiastical institutions (serving as liturgists, adult education coordinators, or pastoral associates), as well as teaching Catholic theology as primary K-12 religion teachers or as instructors of lower-level undergraduate courses.