Propaedeutic Year

Propaedeutic Year *

In order to be entered for the curriculum of studies aimed at obtaining the License in Theology and Patristic Sciences (or the Doctorate when considered appropriate by the academic Authorities) it is necessary to have passed the qualifying examinations (Greek, Latin and tests in the Italian language for those students having other mother tongues) or to have completed with high enough marks the course in Italian and the propaedeutic courses in the following subjects:

  1. Basic course in Latin (PP901)
  2. Basic course in Greek (PP902)
  3. Introduction to Latin Literature (PP909)
  4. Introduction to Greek Literature (PP908)
  5. Introduction to history and the ancient Roman institutions (PP904)
  6. Introduction to classic philosophy (PP905)

Preparation for the qualifying examinations is the exclusive responsibility of the student. These are held some time in the week prior to the beginning of each academic semester (October, February). The qualifying examinations consist of two parts:

  1. written examination in translation from Latin (45 minutes);
  2. written examination of translation from Greek (45 minutes).

If, in the written examinations of translation, the student passes in only one of the two languages, he cannot be admitted to the curriculum for the License or for the Doctorate, but is obliged to follow the  propaedeutic course for the language in which he failed. However, in such case, with the Headmaster’s consent, the student may attend the courses in Fundamental Patrology (FP). In particular cases, the Headmaster may exonerate a student from one or more propaedeutic courses, and may admit him to the curriculum for the License or the Doctorate.  

In order to be admitted to the study curriculum aimed at obtaining the License in Theology and Patristic Sciences, besides knowledge of Latin and Greek, knowledge of Italian and of two more modern languages from among those listed hereafter is obligatory: English, German, French.

* The Coordinator of the Cycle is Prof. Father Giuseppe Caruso, OSA.

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