Spring Hill College, as an institution of higher learning, draws its ultimate inspiration from its commitment to religious values. In the language of the Jesuit tradition, the College is committed to "the service of faith and the promotion of justice," which grows out of the Christian gospel. With the view that faith is not simply one isolated area of human experience and reflection but, rather, is the expression of a life vision from which all thought and action flow, the College considers a critical reflection on faith an integral part of its curriculum.
The fundamental rationale of the theology core requirement is to introduce students to serious, critical reflection on questions of ultimate meaning and transcendence. Courses range from the study of world religions and the human experience of faith to an exploration of sacraments, liturgy, and sacred scriptures. Students, regardless of religious affiliation, are challenged to a deeper understanding of their own religious experience and the religious heritage of Western civilization.
For students interested in a broader understanding of theological questions or in preparation for some form of church ministry, there are several special programs: a minor in theology, a major or double major, and a major with a concentration in a particular area of ministry: youth, liturgical, social or catechetical (religious education). Special programs for adult students offer a certificate in theological studies, a lay-ministry certificate (see the Continuing Studies part of this Bulletin for the T.I.P.S. program), as well as the graduate theology degrees and certificates (see Graduate section of Bulletin). In addition to regular course offerings, a complete introduction to Catholic faith and practice is offered by the RCIA program, sponsored jointly with Campus Ministry.