Theology Majors

Students at the University of St. Thomas are able to complete a major in Theology or a major in Theology with a Ministry Concentration.

Major in Theology

  • THEO 101 The Christian Theological Tradition (4 credits)

Plus:

  • THEO 215 Christian Morality (4 credits)
  • THEO 301 Theological Methods and Resources (4 credits)
  • THEO 391 Seminar for Theology Majors and Minors (4 credits) or THEO 393 Research Thesis for Majors (4 credits)

Plus:

  • Four credits in Old Testament (OT)
  • Four credits in New Testament (NT)

(one course must be THEO 205 or 210)

  • Four credits in systematic theology
  • Four credits in historical theology 

Plus:

  • An additional eight elective credits in THEO courses

Major in Theology with a Ministry Concentration

The Lay Ministry Concentration is a specialization within the undergraduate theology major. It combines academic study (KNOW), observation of working ministers (SEE), and internship opportunities (DO), in order to provide students with the theological foundation, pastoral skills and spiritual formation necessary to assume entry-level positions in lay ecclesial ministry. Opportunities include pastoral ministry, youth ministry, religious education and faith formation, as well as a variety of support services for church and faith-based organizations.

Students who complete the program will have satisfied all of the theological competencies approved by the U.S. Conference of Bishops for lay ministers in the Roman Catholic Church, including the theology of revelation, God, church, sacraments and worship, morality and Catholic social teaching, ecumenism and interfaith relations. Ecumenical in nature and designed in cooperation with ministers from local Protestant churches, the program also welcomes students of other Christian traditions.

  • THEO 101 Christian Theological Tradition (4 credits)
  • THEO 205 Introduction to the Old Testament (4 credits) (or a 300-level course in Old Testament)
  • THEO 210 Introduction to the New Testament (4 credits) (or a 300-level course in New Testament)
  • THEO 215 Christian Morality (4 credits)
  • THEO 323 Church and Sacramentality (4 credits)
  • THEO 405 Spiritual Formation (0 credits)
  • THEO 406 Pastoral Ministry (4 credits)
  • THEO 407 Catechesis and Faith Formation (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • THEO 200 Christian Belief: Ancient and Contemporary (4 credits)
  • THEO 220 Early Christian Theology (4 credits)
  • THEO 373 Person and Mission of Jesus (4 credits)

Plus eight credits from the following:

  • THEO 240 Theology of the Protestant and Catholic Reformation (4 credits)
  • THEO 302 Second Vatican Council (4 credits)
  • THEO 325 Catholic Social Tradition (4 credits)
  • THEO 310 Christian Worship (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • THEO 417 Internship for Ministry (4 credits)
  • THEO 445 Theology and Education (4 credits)

Theology Minors

Students at the University of St. Thomas have four pathways to a minor in Theology.

General Minor in Theology

General Minor in Theology

This minor allows students to create a course of study to deepen their engagement in theological reflection, methods, and topics.

REQUIRED COURSES:

THEO 101: The Christian Theological Tradition (4 credits)
Plus 4 other courses.

Note: Students must take at least four credits at the 200 or 300 level and one course at the 400 level in order to meet core requirements.
 

For more information on majoring or minoring in Theology, please contact Dr. Sherry Jordon at sejordon@stthomas.edu.

Minor in Biblical Studies

Biblical Studies Minor

A minor in biblical studies allows interested students to deepen their knowledge of sacred scripture. The minor is designed to build upon the skills of contemporary biblical exegesis introduced in THEO 101.
 
The following courses are required for a minor in biblical studies:
    •    THEO 101 The Christian Theological Tradition
    •    THEO 205 Introduction to the Old Testament
    •    THEO 210 Introduction to the New Testament
    •    Plus four credits from any 300 level scripture course
    •    Plus four credits from any 400 level scripture course
 

For more information on majoring or minoring in Theology, please contact Dr. Sherry Jordon at sejordon@stthomas.edu.

Minor in Faithful Citizenship and the Common Good

Faithful Citizenship and the Common Good

A minor in Faithful Citizenship and the Common Good engages the Catholic intellectual tradition, particularly Catholic social thought, to explore robust civil discourse, faithful citizenship, and the common good. It will enable students to examine the relationship of Christian faith and practice to moral, social, cultural, and economic issues of our times and to explore the meaning of faithful citizenship while advancing the common good.
 
The following courses are required for a minor in Faithful Citizenship and the Common Good:
    •    THEO 101 Christian Theological Tradition (4 credits)
    •    THEO 325 Catholic Social Tradition (4 credits)
    •    Plus twelve additional credits (check catalog for a list of courses to choose from)
 
 
For more information on majoring or minoring in Theology, please contact Dr. Sherry Jordon at sejordon@stthomas.edu.

Minor in Interreligious Studies and Comparative Theology

Minor in Interreligious Studies and Comparative Theology

A minor in Interreligious Studies and Comparative Theology invites students to explore knowledge and skills related to the contemporary global context of religious pluralism.
    •    100-level: THEO 101 Christian Theological Tradition
    •    200-300 level: THEO 317 Mystical Journeys and Visions: Introduction to Comparative Theology or THEO 251 Global Christianity
    •    400-level: THEO 468 Interreligious Encounter
    •    Plus 8 credits (2 elective courses) in (Inter)Religious Studies or Comparative Theology (check catalog for a list of courses to choose from)

 

For more information on majoring or minoring in Theology, please contact Dr. Sherry Jordon at sejordon@stthomas.edu.

Lay Ministry Certificate

The Theology Department also offers a certificate in lay ministry for non-degree students. This is especially suitable for people who are working in parishes, and who are seeking more knowledge in theology without wanting to pursue a full degree.

Certificate in Ministry

The Certificate in Ministry will consist of six (6) four-credit undergraduate courses chosen from among the approved courses in the Concentration in Lay Ministry. The specific choice of courses will be done in consultation with an advisor, who may, on occasion, substitute other courses if the person’s previous experience warrants it. Otherwise, courses will be chosen from the following list:

THEO 101 Christian Theological Tradition (4 credits)
THEO 205 Introduction to the Old Testament (4 credits) (or a 300-level course in Old Testament)
THEO 210 Introduction to the New Testament (4 credits) (or a 300-level course in New Testament)
THEO 215 Christian Morality (4 credits)
THEO 323 Church and Sacramentality (4 credits)


Plus four credits from the following:

THEO 200 Christian Belief: Ancient and Contemporary (4 credits)
THEO 220 Early Christian Theology (4 credits)
THEO 240 Theology of the Protestant and Catholic Reformation (4 credits)
THEO 302 Second Vatican Council (4 credits)
THEO 310 Christian Worship (4 credits)
THEO 325 Catholic Social Tradition (4 credits)
THEO 373 Person and Mission of Jesus (4 credits)


All of the courses in the Certificate program are part of the standard offerings of the Theology department, as described in the undergraduate catalogue of the University of St. Thomas. These courses are taught by St. Thomas faculty at the same level and with the same standards as the coursework for major in Theology. Thus, the coursework for the Certificate in Ministry would be applicable toward a Baccalaureate of Arts degree, should the student decide to complete his or her studies at that level. Because they will be applicable toward the Theology major, all program standards will be the same as for the major. This means that students must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 within the program. No course can be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. If the department passes any other regulations for the major, these would automatically apply to the certificate program as well.

Because the students for which this program is designed likely will come with very different educational backgrounds and ministerial experiences, an adviser (and/or the Concentration in Ministry director) will work with each individual student to select the coursework that best meets his or her needs. At the same time, insofar as their coursework will be chosen from the approved courses for the Concentration in Ministry, students will attain a common educational experience by the time they have concluded the program.

Applicants for the Ministry Certificate program should have at least 12 months of full-time or part-time professional ministry experience prior to admission. Prospective students will provide official high school transcript(s) or GED and official college transcript(s) (if any). They will also submit a writing sample, in which they reflect on their understanding of the vocation or theology of ministry, and a letter of recommendation from one of their supervisors in ministry. Students can transfer up to three courses approved by the program director.

Master of Arts in Theology (MAT)

The Master of Arts in Theology is a research based degree offered by the Department of Theology in conjunction with the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity.

Graduate Programs

The Master of Arts in Theology is a research based degree offered by the Department of Theology in conjunction with the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity. The degree introduces students to the broad tradition of Catholic theology through core and elective courses, a thesis or research portfolio, language study, and comprehensive examinations. The Master of Arts in Theology might be taken as a terminal degree for those who wish to teach in Catholic schools, in Archdiocesan offices, or in a parish, but it is also intended to prepare students for doctoral work in all fields of Catholic theology. For more information on the degree, please contact the Director of the Master of Arts in Theology, Dr. John W. Martens, by calling 651-962-5316 or email him at: jwmartens@stthomas.edu.