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)

Minor in Theology

  • THEO 101 The Christian Theological Tradition (4 credits)

Plus:

  • THEO 215 Christian Morality (4 credits)

Plus:

  • Four credits in Sacred Scripture
  • Eight additional credits in theology
  • Four credits in systematic theology or Four credits in historical theology 

Note: At least eight of the credits used to fulfill the minor must be at the 300-level or above. The department recommends either THEO 301 or 393 be chosen as one of the two electives for the minor.