In a Catholic liberal arts college, the study of theology occupies an essential position in the core curriculum. Generally speaking, theological inquiry seeks an understanding of the mystery of God and of the human condition. Specifically, the task of Christian theology is to express meaningfully the revelation of Jesus, and to examine and explain the faith of the Christian community in its historical and contemporary context. Theology is equally concerned with the practical implications of living a life of faith, particularly in its moral, spiritual, and liturgical dimensions.
Students majoring in Theology complete 9 courses in Theology. These include: Two Biblical courses, two History courses (including TH280), two Systematics courses (TH251 and TH282), one Moral/Ethics course, and one Comparative theology course. The remaining course is a theology elective. At least one Theology Department course must be a seminar format. The successful completion of a comprehensive examination is also required of theology majors.
Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017
Please refer to the College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.
Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond
|Conversatio I||Conversatio II|
|Freshman English (or other Core Requirement)||Freshman English (or other Core Requirement)|
|Old Testament Course||New Testament Course|
In the sophomore year: Theology majors generally take their Early Church (TH 280) and Christology (TH 282) requirements. Depending on initial placement, they may also be completing their modern or classical language requirement. The remainder of their schedules can be filled by Theology electives, other core requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.
In the junior year: Theology majors generally take two or three theology requirements or electives. The rest of their schedules can be occupied with core requirements, general electives or courses for a minor or double major.
In the senior year: Theology majors generally finish taking their remaining theology courses including the Senior Seminar. The rest of their schedules can be occupied with core requirements, general electives or courses for a minor or double major.