Course Descriptions

The courses offered through the Certificate in Jesuit Studies program offer a variety of experiences for participants to study different aspects of the Society of Jesus. Whether online, on campus, or through immersion travel, the graduate-level courses help promote a deep, informed understanding of Jesuit spirituality, history, pedagogy, and leadership methods.

Jesuit Studies Courses

  Required course:
 JESU/EDUC 7157 In the Footsteps of Leaders (Immersion)
  Choose 4 of the following:
 JESU/EDUC 7131 Social Justice in Jesuit Contexts
 JESU/EDUC/TMHC 7132 Discernment and Prayer in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
 JESU/EDUC XXXX Emerging Leaders (Seminar)
 JESU/EDUC 7158 Jesuit Pedagogy
 JESU/EDUC 7152 Constitutions of the Society of Jesus
 JESU/EDUC 7159 History of the Jesuits




JESU/EDUC 7157 - This immersion course combines dynamic online interactions with guided travels in Europe to present students with unique opportunities to examine the foundation of the Society of Jesus.

Spiritual Exercises

JESU/EDUC/TMHC 7132 - Explore the key elements of the Spiritual Exercises and how they relate directly and practically to the ministry of spiritual direction.


JESU 7152 - This three-credit, graduate level course explores the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus

Jesuit Pedagogy

JESU/EDUC 7158 - Examine the tension between uniformity and adaptability that has led to the success of Jesuit education and interpret the development of Jesuit educational endeavors.

Social Justice

JESU/EDUC 7131 - Discover the changing role of social justice throughout the history of the Society of Jesus, learn how the Jesuits understood their role to promote liberation from oppression.

Emerging Leaders

This hybrid course promotes the study of leadership methods, case studies, and presentations by key leaders—both Jesuit and lay—within the network of Jesuit apostolates


JESU/EDUC 7159 - An introductory survey to the Society of Jesus’s 475-year history with particular attention, following the Jesuits’ suppression in 1773, to various enterprises and entrepreneurs in the Americas.

Course Offering

To see what courses are being offered this year, please visit the enrollment page.