posted on Nov, 27 2009 @ 01:11 PM
I went to a jesuit-backed institution and found it to be an exceptional education. Standards for work quality were high, and they absolutely took
plagiarism seriously. The few jesuits that I had as professors were true scholars and didn't mess around. They encouraged free thinking, and
disagreement with course content, provided you fulfilled the requirements of the assignments. The jesuits seemed to enjoy debating and were very
respectful when making counter points. The benefit to the small class sizes (20-30 students) was that while you could sit in the back of the class
and coast through, it was much more fun to become engaged.
The only creepy thing about going to a jesuit institution was the social aspects outside of class. There were many clubs and student groups, but all
of them were pretty tightly monitored and controlled by administration.
Over a 4-year education, I think there were only 3 or 4 required classes in religion, and only 1 of them mentioned the Bible (the required version of
the Bible for this class was "The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Expanded Edition, Revised Standard Version"). The remainder of the
religion courses covered the writings of St. Ignatius Loyola, as well as other classical and contemporary christian philosophers. Within the required
religion courses, there were electives, so you always had a choice between 2 or 3 classes to meet the requirement, and some of those classes didn't
place as much of an emphasis on christianity or catholicism.