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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 
Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program (SJLA)

Daniel Haggerty, Ph.D., Director

Available by invitation to incoming freshmen, the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program provides an alternate way of fulfilling General Education requirements. Students not selected initially may apply for admission as second semester freshmen or as sophomores. Courses for SJLA program participants, who are drawn from all different majors, attempt to foster the following skills that University graduates have found particularly useful in law, medicine, business and graduate school:

  1. An understanding of key achievements in the philosophy, literature, history, theology, and science of the Western classical and Christian heritage;
  2. An ability to apply logical, systematic, and critical reflection to any given intellectual problem;
  3. An understanding of and sensitivity toward the contemporary problems of our day;
  4. An outstanding ability to communicate clearly and persuasively one’s ideas through both the spoken and written word (what Jesuits have historically referred to as eloquentia perfecta).

Students are expected to become involved in extracurricular and service activities on campus if they wish to remain in SJLA. Many participants also study abroad, earn a double major in philosophy, and join the Honors Program if they apply and are accepted during their sophomore year. Above all, participants are expected to seek out and interact with their professors and other students in this community of learning, which is under the direction of Daniel Haggerty, Ph.D.

SJLA students are eligible to apply for the Christopher Jason Perfilio Memorial Scholarship, awarded each year since 1995.


SJLA students should use their seven or eight elective courses to study history, mathematics, computer literacy, the natural and social sciences, and languages. 

SJLA Curriculum

  Department and Number - Descriptive Title of Course Fall Cr. Spr. Cr.

First Year

  MAJOR/COGNATE - Major/Cognate 6-9 6-9
  ELECT - Elective ELECT - Elective 3 3
  PHIL 120J - Introduction to Philosophy  – PHIL 210J - Ethics   3 3
  T/RS 121J - (P) Theology I: Introduction to the Bible 1T/RS 122J - (P) Theology II: Introduction to Christian Theology   3 3
  First Year Seminar 2    
    15-18 15-18

Second Year

  MAJOR/COGNATE - Major/Cognate 9-12 9-12
  ELECT - Elective - ENLT 265J - The American Literary Experience   3 3
  PHIL 217J - The Trivium  – PHIL 311J - Metaphysics   3 3
    15-18 15-18

Third Year

  MAJOR/COGNATE - Major/Cognate 9 9
  ELECT - Elective -  ELECT-Elective 3 3
  INTD 110J - The Jesuit Magis  – ELECT - Elective 3 3
  PHIL 322J - Philosophy of Conscience  – PHIL 341J - The Subject & Medieval Thought   3 3
    18 18

Fourth Year

  MAJOR - Major 6 6
  ELECT - Elective 3 3
  PHIL 412J - (P) Art and Metaphysics  – PHIL 413J - The End of Philosophy   3 3
  ENLT 423J - (CL) Classics of Western Literature  – ELECT - Elective 3 3
    15 15

Total: 126-138 Credits (depending on major)

1SJLA students must take T/RS 121J  which fulfills their First Year Seminar requirements.

2Some majors may also require a student to take a First Year Seminar in their own discipline.  Talk with your advisor if you have any questions.

Course Descriptions