Programs of Study

Undergraduate Programs

B.A. in Theology and Religious Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Religious Studies requires 30 credits in the major, including the two introductory courses required of all students. To ensure a well-rounded background in the discipline, each major must take at least one course in each of the following categories: Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, Historical Theology and Moral Theology. Theology majors must also take at least one semester of T/RS 490, the capstone seminar offered in the Spring. Each major is expected to confer with a departmental advisor for the selection and balancing of courses. The department also offers a double-major program compatible with most other majors.

Theology/Religious Studies Course Content

Theology Minor

The minor in Theology / Religious Studies requires 18 credits: T/RS 121 and 122 plus four more courses. In choosing for a minor, students may concentrate in one area of Theology (e.g., Moral Theology, Historical Theology, Biblical Studies) or they may select courses from several areas of theological inquiry.

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Catholic Studies Program

All courses taught in the Catholic Studies Program will seek to promote appreciation of the Catholic tradition by being faithful to the Church’s apostolic teaching. Courses will also encourage students (1) to integrate faith and academics; (2) to study the Catholic Tradition in an intellectually rigorous way; (3) to assess human intellectual activity and experience in the light of the Catholic faith; and (4) to examine the experience of Catholics in history, politics, various social groups, philosophical and religious movements, and/or science and technology.

The concentration consists of 18 credits: T/RS 214C is required; the other 15 are electives. Students may build their studies on their majors and interests. Students are invited to petition for readers that meet program standards. Students may likewise seek permission for courses not cross-listed to count for credit, provided they are eligible to do significant Catholic Studies work in them.

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Peace and Justice Studies Program

The Synod of Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church (1971) reported that “action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel….” Since, the 32nd General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (1974-75) Jesuit institutions of higher education have aimed to reveal the link between the practice of faith and the promotion of justice. In this vein the University’s Peace & Justice Program was instituted to bring academic studies, including classes, community service and interdisciplinary research, into the process of building a more just and thus more peaceful society.

The Peace and Justice Concentration will be an attractive complement to the academic programs of students planning careers in law, international relations, human services, ministry and teaching — to name only the most obvious. However, any students who have a personal interest in the problems of peace and justice, regardless of their career goals, can benefit from its multi-disciplinary concentration of courses. It is open to majors from all the undergraduate schools of the University. Eight courses (24 credits) must be taken by students in order to have “Peace and Justice Concentration” added to their transcript. Courses may be taken as part of the cognate requirement (with permission of the chairperson of the major) or as part of the general-education requirements.

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Graduate Program

M.A. in Theology/Religious Studies

The Masters Program in Theology provides students with a unique opportunity to inquire into the Christian faith. Students engage in the task of theology throughout the program's required 30 hours. Classes are small, emphasize collegial exchange, and cover the basic subjects on which Christian theological inquiry has historically been based.

To enroll students need to have completed the bachelor's degree, preferably with a 3.0 GPA and have demonstrable experience with study in the humanities. In support of the program, the University has reduced tuition to 50% of the normal rate.

Over the course of their studies students in the Masters Program in Theology, students are given ample opportunity to develop research skills in Theology and the Humanities.

Available classes include: Old Testament Exegesis, New Testament Exegesis, Christology, Trinity, Moral Theology, Eastern Christian Spirituality, Pastoral Theology, Philosophical Theology, Jews and Christians, Catholic Social Thought.

MA students have the opportunity to interact closely with the theology faculty in graduate seminars, reading courses, or through thesis direction. Mentoring relationships between graduate students and the theology faculty are encouraged.  Students are also encouraged to interact with their fellow students and to participate as they are able in the intellectual life of the University.

Director of Graduate Studies: Professor Maria Johnson, PhD

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