College of Philosophy and Letters
The College of Philosophy and Letters provides the early academic formation of students preparing for the Catholic priesthood. The College is concerned with both the undergraduate training appropriate to the bachelor's degree and the implementation of ecclesiastical requirements for seminarians at the collegiate level. As a consequence of these special objectives, the College of Philosophy and Letters has had the status of an autonomous unit of the University since 1889, and is administered by a dean.
For students pursuing an undergraduate degree, the minimum entrance requirements for the College are the same as the general undergraduate admission requirements of the University. In addition, admission requirements for each candidate's religious order or diocese in the area of academic achievement, personal character, and spiritual ideals must be met. Students who have already completed a bachelor's degree upon admission to the College are normally expected to complete the Program for Post-Baccalaureate Students.
Specific collegiate and ecclesiastical requirements adhere to the norms set down in the Statuata, based on the Apostolic constitution Sapientia Christiana and the "Ordinations of the Sacred Congregation of Seminary and University Studies. "Additional norms are contained in the American Bishops' Program of Priestly Formation and the official directives of the Society of Jesus. Following recent Congregations of the Society of Jesus, Society directives include requirements that implement the Jesuit commitment to engage issues of faith and justice in dialogue with culture.