“Eloquentia perfecta may sound like one of the more benign spells cast by Hermione Granger in a Harry Potter novel. Yet to those well versed in Jesuit tradition, the phrase evokes an elegance and erudition in learning and communication, whether in public speaking or writing, that is directed not toward the mere perfection of these skills but toward service to the common good.”
-Kevin Clarke, “How to Build a Better Student,” America
Voice is distinctive our humanity, and individual voice is a token of our uniqueness as persons.
We require of all incoming students a Fall writing seminar and a Spring speaking-intensive core seminar because these courses provide students who are transitioning to higher education with a strong foundation in eloquentia perfecta, the eloquence that enables us to use our voices well. Proficiency in communication in the Jesuit tradition not only contributes to each student’s academic success, but also helps orient her to our educational mission: to form students of well-educated solidarity.
Acquiring such proficiency is not a solo project. Students will be a part of the same small cohort of students for both the Fall and Spring Foundational Core seminars, learning together, supporting one another over the course of the year, and exploring self and world in community. This cohort experience offers students the opportunity to build skills in critical thinking and problem solving about college-level expectations and the culture of higher education. It also introduces them to the roles and responsibilities of membership in a diverse and supportive community through engaging in free and civil discourse. This introduction is essential to students’ success in the distributive and integrative core curriculum as well as in specific programs of study.
Regis College offers several opportunities to magnify this curricular experience with distinctive pathways through the first year experience: the Arrupe Program; the Commitment Program; the En/Route Program; the Honors Program; and the Magis Living-Learning Community.