Academic Policies

Pre-Theology Academic Standards

Pre-theologians are to accumulate 35 hours of philosophy and 12 hours of theology. Because of the importance of a strong grounding in philosophy, the Pre-Theology program extends for two years (PPF, n. 185). The philosophical curriculum must include the study of the history of philosophy (ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary), logic, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of nature, natural theology, anthropology, and ethics (PPF, n. 186). In addition, a minimum of 12 semester hours is required in theology. Knowledge of Latin is recommended (PPF, n. 189)

Credits and the Semester Hour

One credit or semester hour of credit is defined as one lecture, recitation or class exercise fifty minutes per week for one semester. Two, three, or four weekly hours of laboratory, demonstration, etc., varying with departments, are equivalent to one lecture hour. 


The last examination in a course must be given during final exam week. Faculty will administer final examinations according to the schedule for final examinations included in the yearly calendar.

If a student is absent from a scheduled final examination, the notation “X” is assigned pending adjudication by the Academic Dean in consultation with the Instructor. An advance authorization for deferring the taking of a final examination may be given, but only rarely and for serious reasons (e.g., medical or religious). The student must request the deferral in writing in advance of the final and receive permission from the Instructor and from the Academic Dean.

Absence from mid-semester or other interim examinations may, at the discretion of the instructor, require special examinations.

Grade Reports

All instructors of undergraduate courses must submit midterm grades for all students at the prescribed time and based on the work done at that point. Grade reports are prepared for undergraduates at the mid-semester and after final grades have been submitted.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The cumulative grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total grade points earned by the total credit hours attempted. All grades received during a student’s enrollment, for which grade points are indicated in the “Undergraduate Grading System” table, are included in the cumulative GPA. Grades for courses transferred fromother colleges/universities are excluded. 

Grading System

The Pre-theology program follows the same undergraduate grading system as Saint Louis University and Cardinal Glennon College following a 0 – 4.000 grade point scale. Grades are assigned as follows:

Grade Percentage Grade Point
A 93-100 4.000
A- 90-92 3.700
B+ 88-89 3.300
B 83-87 3.000
B- 80-82 2.700
C+ 78-79 2.300
C 73-77 2.000
C- 70-72 1.700; (Grade of C- does not fulfill “C or better” requirement for philosophy courses.)
D 60-69 1.000
F 59 and below 0.000; Failure
AF 0.000; Failure due to unauthorized withdrawal or excessive absence
AU Audit; Course appears on the transcript, but no credit is given toward graduation

If a student receives a grade of “C-“ in a philosophy course or grade of “F” in any other required course, that course must be repeated.

Incomplete Grades

A grade of “Incomplete” must be cleared within thirty days of the next semester in which the course was taken, and if an Incomplete is not cleared within this time, the Incomplete will be converted to the grade of “F.”

Class Attendance

All seminarians are expected to attend regularly all classes, laboratory sessions and examinations as required by the individual instructor. It is expected that all pre-theologians will be exemplary in their attendance in classes. If an absence occurs, it is the student’s responsibility to make up the missed work. Except in cases of illness, no seminarian should excuse himself from any class without permission of the Rector or Academic Dean.

Professional behavior, attentiveness and participation by the seminarian are expected in the classroom. A seminarian who is disruptive, rude or inattentive in class is not only an embarrassment to himself, but also to his brother seminarians. Absenteeism from class and unprofessional behavior are serious formational issues.

Academic Standing

A student is considered to be in good academic standing if he is not under academic suspension or probation. It is the expectation of that all pre-theology students accepted into the program will be able to achieve a grade point average of 2.5 (C+) or better. Any seminarian whose grade point average in the previous quarter falls below 2.5 will be placed on academic probation wherein his study habits are monitored and non-academic activities are curtailed. If a student’s cumulative grade point average falls below 2.00, that student is not eligible for further registration unless the Academic Dean grants probationary status.

Under ordinary circumstances, a seminarian who fails to earn a minimum of 2.00 grade point average for the semester will be asked to withdraw from the seminary.  

Academic or Disciplinary Probation, Suspension, or Expulsion

A student may be suspended from a course for academic or disciplinary misconduct. Examples of academic dishonesty would be copying from another student, copying from a book or class notes during a closed-book exam, submitting materials authored by or editorially revised by another person but presented as the student’s own work, copying a passage or text directly from a published source without appropriately citing or recognizing that source, taking a test or doing an assignment or other academic work for another student, tampering with another student’s work, securing or supplying in advance a copy of an examination without the knowledge or consent of the instructor, and colluding with another student or students to engage in an act of academic dishonesty, and making unauthorized use of technological devices in the completion of assignments or exams. All such violations will be investigated and adjudicated. If the charges are found to be true, the student may be liable for academic or disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion from the seminary.

A seminarian who is dismissed for a lack of academic integrity will be recommended for dismissal from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

General Graduation Requirements

The general requirements for earning a baccalaureate degree from the pre-theology program are:

  • Completion of a bachelors degree or its equivalent prior to entering the seminary.
  • Completion of no less than 55 semester hours of credit beyond the first bachelors degree  as listed below with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better.
  • 35 hours of philosophy (the major concentration of study) in which a student has earned a grade of C (2.00) or better in each philosophy course.
  • Students must earn their final 30 consecutive semester credit hours, including at least 12 hours of philosophy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.
  • Those who have completed the philosophy and theology requirements through a combination of course work at Kenrick and elsewhere, but did not complete the required hours at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, may advance to Theology, but will not receive a degree.
  • Second year pre-theologians who have a grade of incomplete in any course needed for graduation must clear the record and have the change of grade by mid-term of the final semester.
  • Students must earn their final 30 consecutive semester credit hours, including at least 12 hours of Philosophy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

Graduation with Honors

The Pre-theology program at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary awards the baccalaureate degree with honors for distinguished academic achievement in all courses taken at the Seminary (under normal circumstances, grades for courses transferred from other colleges/universities are not included in the cumulative grade point average). Students with distinguished academic achievement, who have had no failures (no repeated classes), are graduated with honors. Academic honors are given for the following cumulative grade point averages:

  • Cum Laude:                     3.5 – 3.699
  • Magna cum Laude:      3.7 – 3.899
  • Summa cum Laude:    3.9 or higher

The required courses for the bachelor of arts in philosophy are as follows;

Philosophy Credits
Logic 3
Ancient Philosophy 3
Medieval Philosophy 3
Modern Philosophy 3
Contemporary Philosophy 3
Philosophy of Nature 3
Epistemology 3
Philosophical Anthropology 3
Metaphysics 3
Natural Theology 3
Philosophical Ethics 3
Systematic Synthesis (Capstone) 2
Total 35
Catechism I 3
Catechism II 3
Church History I 2
Church History II 2
Prayer I 1
Prayer II 1
Total 12
(8 hours minimum) 8

Sequence of Courses

Pre-Theology I: Fall Semester Pre-Theology I: Spring Semester
Ancient Philosophy 3 hours Medieval Philosophy 3 hours
Logic 3 hours Ethics 3 hours
Philosophy of Nature 3 hours Philosophical Anthropology 3 hours
Catechism I 3 hours Catechism II 3 hours
Prayer I 1 hour Prayer II 1 hour
Elective 2 hours Elective 2  hours
Total: 15 hours Total: 15 hours
Pre-Theology II: Fall Semester Pre-Theology II:Spring Semester
Modern Philosophy 3 hours Contemporary Philosophy 3 hours
Metaphysics 3 hours Epistemology 3 hours
Natural Theology 3 hours Philosophy Capstone 2 hours
Church History I 2 hours Church History II 2 hours
Elective 2 hours Elective 2 hours
Total: 13 hours Total: 12 hours