Theology / Bachelor of Arts

Total Credit Hours: 128

Major Credit Hours: 38-41

The Theology major provides the student with a broad view of the most important facets of the study of religion, from Theological, Pastoral, and Religious Studies perspectives. At the same time, the major provides the opportunity to pursue courses of personal interest to the student. A research project is completed under the guidance of a mentor. Foundation and advanced courses in Theology examine both historical and contemporary points of view. Topics may include: Scripture, the development of the Christian perspective, the meaning of Church, the function of sacraments, liturgical practice, history and practice of non-Christian religions, interreligious and interfaith interactions, or other timely topics.

Theology Majors in the Pastoral Ministry concentration should take THEO 10600 Introduction to Christian Theology, the preferred foundation course. Theology Majors in the Religious Studies concentration should take THEO 10000 Search for Faith.

Degree Requirements

Program: BA-THEO-4

I. Core Courses (11)

THEO-10000Search for Faith

3

-OR

THEO-10600Introduction to Christian Theology

3

THEO-21700Writing in Theology

1

THEO-31000Christian Ethics

3

THEO-31600A History of Christian Thought

3

THEO-31700Research in Theology

1

II. Concentration

A. Theological Studies (27)

Concentration: THLG
i. Required Courses in Scripture Studies (6)
THEO-22300Hebrew Bible

3

THEO-22500New Testament and Early Christian Literature

3

ii. Concentration Courses (12)
In consultation with their advisor, students will select 12 credit hours of Theology Special Topics courses with one course in each of the four following domains - Ecclesiology, Christology, Religion and Culture, and Scripture - as designated by the specific course description.
THEO-420XXSpecial Topics

3

THEO 420XX will be repeated 4 times, for a total of 12 credit hours.
iii. Additional Courses for Theological Studies (3)
THEO-41500Capstone: Theology and Religious Studies Seminar

3

The Capstone course should be taken in the final year of study after the completion of most other Theology requirements.
iv. Electives (6)
Students will complete 6 credits in Theology coursework at the 20000-, 30000-, or 40000-level.

B. Pastoral Ministry (27-30)

Concentration: PSTR
i. Required Courses in Scripture Studies (6)
THEO-22300Hebrew Bible

3

THEO-22500New Testament and Early Christian Literature

3

ii. Concentration Courses (12)
In consultation with their advisor, students will select 12 credit hours of Theology Special Topics courses with one course in each of the four following designations - Ecclesiology, Spirituality, Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue, and Social Justice - as designated by the specific course description.
THEO-420XXSpecial Topics

3

THEO 420XX will be repeated 4 times, for a total of 12 credit hours.
iii. Additional Courses for Pastoral Ministry (6-9)
THEO-30200Theology of Pastoral Ministry

3

THEO-40200Pastoral Ministry Practicum

3-6

The Capstone course, THEO 40200, should be taken in the final year of study after the completion of most other Theology requirements.
iv. Electives (3)
Students will complete 3 credits in Theology coursework at the 20000-, 30000-, or 40000-level.

C. Religious Studies (27)

Concentration: RLST
i. Required Courses in Scripture Studies (3)
Choose one course from the following:
THEO-22300Hebrew Bible

3

THEO-22500New Testament and Early Christian Literature

3

THEO-26200The Qur'an and the Bible

3

ii. Concentration Courses (12)
THEO-24000Methods in Religious Studies

3

THEO-29800World Religions

3

THEO-420XXSpecial Topics

3

In consultation with their advisor, students will select 6 credit hours of THEO Special Topics courses, which ought to include courses from at least two of the following five domains—Religion and Culture, Scripture, History, Spirituality, or Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue—as designated by the specific course description. THEO 420XX will be repeated (at least) 2 times, for a total of (at least) 6 credit hours.
iii. Additional Courses for Religious Studies (3)
THEO-41500Capstone: Theology and Religious Studies Seminar

3

The capstone course should be taken in the final year of study after the completion of most other Theology requirements.
iv. Electives (9)
Students will complete 9 additional credits in Theology coursework at the 20000-, 30000-, or 40000-level.

III. Majors are required to maintain a 2.3 GPA in their Theology courses.

IV. Advanced Writing Requirement

The advanced writing requirement of the General Education curriculum is satisfied by successful completion of:
THEO-31700Research in Theology

1