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.
About the Department
Students majoring in Theology complete 9 courses in Theology. These include: Two Biblical courses, two History courses (including TH 280), two Systematics courses (TH 251 and TH 282), one Moral/Ethics course, and one Comparative Theology course. The remaining course is a Theology elective. Among these courses, Theology majors must take three seminars. Exceptions to this policy can be made at the discretion of the department Chair and the Dean of the College. Every major must present, in the senior year, a research paper based on work done as part of the requirements of one of these seminars under the supervision of the professor who directed the seminar. The successful completion of a comprehensive examination is also required of theology majors.