The Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts offers a transformative educational experience motivated by the values of respect for our diverse global community and a passion for creating a more just and humane society. Inspired by the rich heritage of our Jesuit, Marymount, and CSJ traditions, we create a distinctive academic environment. Along with the traditional humanistic and social science disciplines, BCLA offers interdisciplinary majors and minors and features study abroad, experiential learning, and service opportunities that enrich our students’ intellectual, creative, communication, intercultural, international skills and sensibilities. Through these programs students become involved in the world, commit themselves to the practice of social responsibility and develop the imagination for caring solidarity and engaged citizenship.
The Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts embodies the wider University goals of liberal education and commitment to Roman Catholicism and the Judeao-Christian tradition. Its courses represent the heart of the University's core curriculum for all undergraduates. The curriculum in the College “liberates the mind, nourishes the spirit, and cultivates creativity for the challenges of today and tomorrow.” The College reflects the university’s core values of social justice, the whole person, faith, and intercultural understanding, incorporating these values into departmental goals, student learning outcomes, and coursework.
St. Robert Bellarmine spent most of his life writing as a controversialist for the Roman Catholic Church. All his writings were highly respected and used extensively by and in the church itself. His works covered a wide variety of subjects from an apologetic of the Roman Catholic position, Disputationes de Controversiis Christianae Fidei adversus hujus temporis Haereticos (Ingolstat 1588-93), to writing about the power of the pope. No topic, even criticism of his own leadership, was out of the reach of Bellarmine and his writing.
His book, Controversies, was carried by Roman Catholic missionaries on their journeys, and his also wrote catechisms for children and teachers. At the end of his life Bellarmine published three more essential works, In omnes Psalmos dilucida esposito (Rome 1611), De gemitu columbae (Rome 1615), and De arte bene moriendi (Rome 1620). We have attempted to gather writings about St. Robert and get writings by Bellarmine himself. Hopefully these writings may give more insight into the person of St. Robert Bellarmine.