I have a bit of a technical question which I hope the seminarians and priests out there will be able to help me with.
I was reading through the USCCB's document on the Program of Priestly Formation to learn more about the academic nature of the 2-year pre-theology and 4-year theology programs. As I understood it, pre-theology is essentially an introduction to the more 'meaty' theology, with a heavy basis in philosophy and coursework in theology, specifically in metaphysics, logic, ethics, history of philosophy, and epistemology.
My question is what, in the academic sense, would constitute this 2-year pre-theology curricula? Obviously there is the prescribed two-year pre-theology program at a seminary that would fulfill it, but what about coursework at a Catholic university that would coincide with a Bachelor's Degree? For example, would a 'major' in Philosophy and heavy coursework in theology at a Catholic university exempt you from this pre-theology program and allow you straight into the four years of 'theology' at a seminary?
I was just curious as for prospective seminarians who may have a strong background/major in the Philosophy/Theology department, and how that would affect their 2-year pre-theology requirement -- in most of the philosophy departments of Catholic universities which I did a quick search of online, their 'major' programs seem to include all of the focus areas that the 2-year program focuses on (metaphysics, ethics, logic, etc.)
It's a bit of a technical question, but I'm sure there's someone that can help me with it.
Just curious as to the inner workings of the contemporary seminary program.
Thanks in advance!