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Pre-Theology Program

Candidates for the Seminary program who have not completed all of the academic prerequisites will be enrolled in the Pre-Theology Program. A seminarian may complete his Pre-Theology as part of the program if he has not completed his undergraduate degree. This program prepares the student for admission to First Theology. According to the Program for Priestly Formation A minimum of 30 credits of Philosophy (PPF5, 161) and a minimum of 12 credits of Undergraduate Theology are required (PPF5, 179). Among these credits the following are mandated, “The philosophy program must include the study of logic, epistemology, philosophy of nature, metaphysics, natural theology, anthropology, and ethics”. (PPF5, 156)

The following courses comprise 60 semester hours of the HACS Pre-Theology Program. Courses may be offered every two years.

a. First Year Pre-Theology Schedule

First Semester
ENG 115 Writing & Composition
PAS 161 Catechism I
PHH 301 History of Ancient Philosophy
PHS 421 Philosophy of Nature
PHS 121 Logic

Second Semester
LLT 300 Liturgy
PAS 162 Catechism II
PHH 304 History of Medieval Philosophy
PHS 450  Philosophical Anthropology

PHS 541 Natural Theology 

b. Second Year Pre-Theology Schedule

First Semester
PHE 450 Ethics
PHH 401 History of Modern Philosophy
PHS 490 Metaphysics
PHS 414 Epistemology
SAS 101 Sacred Scripture

Second Semester
ENG 300 Great Christian Literature I
Philosophy Elective
PHE 425 Fundamental Bioethics
PHH 404 Contemporary Philosophy
PHS 492 Philosophy of God

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