In offering programs to its students, Saint Louis University’s College of Philosophy and Letters partners with several academic bodies, both within and outside SLU.
While enrolled in the College of Philosophy and Letters, students may begin graduate coursework toward an M.A. degree in philosophy. In their last year of studies, students officially transfer into the graduate program, which is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. Most students on this path pursue the non-thesis master’s degree option, which allows considerable flexibility in program design including up to three upper-level undergraduate courses. Some Jesuit students have pursued the regular research-M.A. in philosophy and have eventually gone on to obtain a doctorate in philosophy.
By mutual arrangement between the Department of Theological Studies and the College of Philosophy and Letters, post-baccalaureate Jesuit students at SLU may begin graduate courses in theology and transfer those credits toward a master of divinity degree at other Jesuit theology centers.
SLU’s Catholic Studies Program has supported the College of Philosophy and Letters by co-sponsoring the John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., Philosophy for Ministry Lecture in 2014. The college and Catholic Studies are again co-sponsoring the lecture in 2016, which will be delivered by David Meconi, S.J., director of the Catholic Studies Program.
The dean of the College of Philosophy and Letters acts as a liaison between the ESL program and foreign Jesuits who seek to acquire basic English-language skills at SLU. This partnership began in 2015 with a Jesuit from the Dominican Republic and was initiated with the help of the dean of the Instituto Bonó, which administers the Jesuit First Studies program in Santo Domingo.
Over the years, students enrolled in the College of Philosophy and Letters have concomitantly pursued minors, second majors and master’s degrees in departments that include:
For post-baccalaureate students, graduate work toward a master’s degree is facilitated by agreements with the partnering departments that allow the student to begin on coursework before officially enrolling in the program. Per these agreements, students may remain in the College of Philosophy and Letters for up to two years before transferring to the graduate program.
By mutual arrangement between the Aquinas Institute of Theology and the College of Philosophy and Letters, post-baccalaureate Jesuit students at SLU may begin graduate courses in theology and transfer credit toward an eventual master of divinity degree at a Jesuit theology center.
Through an arrangement with Boston College and Santa Clara University, Jesuit students in the College of Philosophy and Letters may transfer up to 18 hours of appropriate graduate theology coursework at SLU or the Aquinas Institute of Theology toward the master of divinity degree at either institution.
The College of Philosophy and Letters has enjoyed a long partnership with the seminary at Cardinal Glennon College led by the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Students who enter the seminary in need of undergraduate credit take their general education requirements as non-degree-seeking students enrolled in SLU’s College of Philosophy and Letters.