Current Courses

The following courses have vocational discernment activities integrated throughout the course. For more information regarding the course, visit the Registrar’s Office page for the Schedule of Classes and the Bulletin of Information.

Spring 2018

  • BUS210: Business Communication (with N. Larriviere)
  • BUS395: Pre-Professional Development (with N. Larriviere)
  • SAS201: Major & Career Exploration
  • ENG295: Jobs, Careers, Callings (with Girard)
  • PHL295: Meaning of Life (with Metcalf)
  • PHL230: Philosophy of Religion (with Dodsworth)
  • NUR100: Intro to Professional Nursing
  • NUR201: Normal & Therapeutic Nutrition
  • NUR202: Med Math
  • NUR300: Foundations of Nursing
  • WRI451: Work & Working Life

Note: students wishing to complete the Guidebook Activity “Take a Vocational Discernment Course” can take any course listed for completion. Completion will be reflected once the student has passed the course.

Archive of Vocational Discernment Courses


Cohesive Undergraduate Experience

Pathways to Purpose works in tandem with the Cohesive Undergraduate Experience (CUE) to support student development through their time in college. Students are introduced to concepts of vocation and purpose in LEAP, are invited to serve their community and use their talents and gifts with CLIMB, and have an opportunity to reflect on how their experiences shape who they want to be after college in REACH. For more information about each step of the CUE, please visit the Cohesive Undergraduate Experience website.


LEAP is a first-year experience that is high impact, current and engaging, developed and presented in a way that connects all the areas of the college, and introduces learning, faith, justice and service for life.



CLIMB is a high-impact learning experience that exposes students to the wider community in a way that promotes their “becoming” and relies on the Jesuit model of Experience, Reflection, Action.



REACH is a culminating reflection on a student’s experience at Spring Hill in a way that integrates their experiences, academic curriculum, and their understanding of purpose and calling.


Faculty Development

Vocational discernment takes many forms and has as many definitions as there are prime numbers. (Both are on the order infinity). To assist you in seeing how vocational discernment can be embedded into your curriculum, consider the following.

You might have already engaged students in vocational discernment if…

…you have ever talked to students about the path you took that led you to Spring Hill College.
…you ask students to articulate what brought them to Spring Hill College.
…you share with students what you enjoy about working at a small, private institution of higher education.
…you discuss what made you choose your field of study or why your find it important/beautiful/worthy of your time and efforts.
…you require students to write an autobiography about how past learning experiences have shaped their current attitude toward a subject.
…you embed personal reflective essays in your course that have students address who they are, what they are good at, or what they aspire to become.
…you broaden their sense of what a career in your chosen field looks like.
…you help students seek internships, REUs, or apply to graduate schools.
…you recruit undeclared students or students from other majors by sharing your enthusiasm for the subject.
…help students identify a particular attribute or skill that they did not know they possessed and inspire them to further cultivate it.
…study historical or contemporary individuals who made great contributions in your field by embracing a calling.
…use experiential learning as a way for students to understand themselves, their place in the world, and what they can offer it.
…you have students envision future challenges they may face and help them acquire skills in your course to meet those challenges.


Development Opportunities

Curriculum Planning Resources

Upcoming Professional Development

CLIMB Professional Development
Spring 2018


Already teaching a vocational discernment course?

  1. Does the course have specific language of vocation (or purpose, calling, values) as it relates to your field or discipline?
  2. Do students explore questions of vocation and make sense of how vocation relates to your discipline?
  3. Are there specific activities that ask students to consider the role of their own vocational discernment as it relates your field or discipline?
  4. Do students have the opportunity to tell their own vocational story? Do students have the opportunity to hear the vocational story of others?

Let us know! Email to have your course added to the Vocational Courses list, and let the Registrar’s Office know to add the ‘VOC DSCRN’ designation to your course comments.

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