Frequently Asked Questions

1How do I receive credit for the Newman Institute courses?
The courses for the Newman Institute are offered through St. Gregory the Great Seminary, an accredited undergraduate institution. Upon completion of the course, or at a later date, you may request a transcript from St. Gregory the Great Seminary (write to the Academic Dean, St. Gregory the Great Seminary, 800 Fletcher Road, Seward, NE 68434).
2How do I transfer credit for the courses I have taken with the Newman Institute?
Many institutions of higher education accept transfer credit for Newman Institute courses, either as elective credit or in fulfillment of general education requirements. To have your credits transferred, you may need to meet with your academic adviser. Please let us know if you would like assistance with this process, as we can share insights from past students and from familiarity with transfer departments.
3Can I fit these classes into my schedule, especially if I already have a credit-intensive major?
We’re committed to helping you take these courses alongside your required classes. Many UNL students have found success transferring these classes in as ACE credits, or as electives. Alternatively, you can considering auditing the class. If you’re interested in classes but unsure of how to make it work, please speak to us!
4Are these courses practical or relevant to my real life?
In a word, yes. We live in a world of increased knowledge and information. But in the maelstrom of daily life, we have lost something of great value: the emphasis, both individual and communal, on the pursuit of wisdom. This pursuit of wisdom is the foundational ideal of the Newman Institute. All that we do is aimed at helping students of all ages wrestle with the primary questions of human existence: What is life’s purpose and meaning? How should we live? What should we love? How we answer these questions affects the choices we make and ultimately how we live our lives. Regardless of your particular interests or career path, we’re confident it is worth taking the time to consider these basic human questions.
5Are these courses just for people studying English, Philosophy or Theology?
No, these classes are designed for students of any major. Rather than exploring the questions of a particular discipline, these courses explore essentially human questions. We currently have students who are majoring in engineering, psychology and education, among others. Newman Institute courses offer a forum for those disciplinary perspectives to dialogue –which contributes to rich and meaningful conversations.