May 29, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 [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 skills that University graduates have found particularly useful in law, medicine, business and graduate school.

SJLA Program Outcomes:

  1. Students will display a comprehension of the history of and major texts in Western philosophy, theology, and literature.
  2. Students will demonstrate eloquentia perfecta in speech and writing, stemming from a mastery of the elements of critical thinking, reading, and listening.
  3. Students will show evidence of personal formation - a thoughtful sense of their relationship to themselves, to others, and to God- and of the role of cultivated community in personal growth, discernment, and life-long learning.
  4. Students will demonstrate, based upon study and on personal experience, the ideal of being men and women for others.

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 should use their seven or eight elective courses to study history, mathematics, 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 - (FYW,FYOC) 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 - (S) The Jesuit Magis  — ELECT - Elective 3 3
  PHIL 322J - Philosophy of Conscience  — PHIL 401J - Philosophy, Politics, Economics   3 3
    18 18

Fourth Year

  MAJOR - Major 6 6
  ELECT - Elective 3 3
  PHIL 435J - Philosophy of Self and Other  — 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