The Bachelor of Arts
at The Collegium
There is a 14-week fall semester, a 1-month January term, and a 14-week spring semester. All semesters/terms are required of every student.
At the end of the senior year and upon completion of all requirements, students will earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree (133 credits).
There are no majors in the curriculum.
Although the curriculum of the Collegium is an unapologetically liberal arts program, there are certain characteristics of both the curriculum and the advising process that will prepare students to prepare for work in some professional areas:
All students work in the Collegium’s Ora et Labóra Program. Not all work responsibilities are professionally oriented, but some are. More details on this program can be found here.
Music - A small number of students will have the opportunity to do some musical study beyond the actual curriculum. These students will be accepted into this study by audition. The curriculum will include some applied instruments study (taken at additional cost); music theory; and some formal training in chant. The curriculum will not equate to a music major in a school of music. Rather it will be more like an intensive minor.
There is an erroneous but commonly held notion that students must have professional degrees to be employable. This is true for a handful of certain disciplines, such as engineering. However, for the vast majority of positions in the work force today, a liberal arts degree is ideal preparation. A 2016 Forbes article points to the following qualities that employers seek when hiring:
Ability to point to successes
Self-knowledge of strengths
Ability to think independently
Ability to problem-solve
Happiness in learning new things
Ability to work well on a team
These qualities are the domain of a liberal arts education. That is to say, a liberal arts education is, in and of itself, excellent preparation for many careers.
There are no formal minors in the curriculum. Students wishing to do additional professional study will be assisted with advising that will help them to accomplish this with summer study at another institution. For example:
Pre-Med – Any student can qualify to apply for most medical schools (MD degree – other medical degrees have slightly different requirements) with certain courses, some of which we offer, and some of which can be taken during summers at another approved institution. Specific guidance regarding preparations for medical professions can be found here.
Pre-Law – There are no specific courses required for law school. However, taking a summer course to prepare for the LSAT exam is recommended.
The college is, and must be, a residential program in order to fulfill its mission as a formative institution. There are residential faculty to assist with that formation, to instruct students in courses, and to take care of the various administrative needs of the college.
The college will seek accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The permitting process, which The Collegium underwent for the State of Maryland, mirrors the accreditation process. Therefore, we meet the requirements for accreditation. We must go through the process.
****See Thomas E. Woods, Jr., How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization (Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2005), also Edward Schaefer, Catholic Music Through the Ages (Mundelein, IL: Hillenbrand Books, 2008).
*****“He that loveth not knoweth not God: for God is charity.” (1 John 4:8)