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Learning Outcomes

theology department


Undergraduates seeking to fulfill the theology core should be able to

  • Engage the quest for truth and meaning that generate theological insight in Christianity and other religious traditions.
  • Explore the fundamental texts and practices that shape Christian theology.
  • Understand the dynamic relationship between religious truth-claims and their moral implications, both personal and societal.
  • Engage the various disciplinary methods required for theological reflection, including textual, historical, social and cultural analysis.
  • Relate theological inquiry to the enduring questions animating the broader liberal arts tradition.

Graduating theology majors should be able to

  • Demonstrate knowledge of scripture, creeds, major developments, leading thinkers, and spirituality of Christian theological tradition, with proficiency in one or more such areas, and with particular attention to the Roman Catholic tradition.
  • Reflect theologically on contemporary social, cultural, and ethical dimensions and implications of Christian faith.
  • Mount cogent, constructive theological arguments in dialogue with other disciplines.
  • Engage articulately in some aspect of both ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue and learning.


Doctoral students are expected to:

  • Acquire a rigorous mastery of the Judeo-Christian tradition, enabling them to critically probe the foundations of various theological positions.
  • Command the tools and techniques of research particular to their field and to organize and integrate their knowledge in such a way as to make an original contribution to the academic study of theology.
  • Engage in ecumenical, inter-religious, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural academic conversation as appropriate to their discipline.
  • Acquire the skills and competencies necessary to present papers at appropriate academic conferences and to publish the results of their research in respected peer-reviewed journals.
  • Acquire the skills and competencies necessary to succeed not only as an active scholar but as an effective teacher.

Joint M.A. in Philosophy and Theology

Students in the Joint MA in Philosophy and Theology are expected to:

  • Demonstrate a working understanding of the fundamental texts, voices, conversations, and debates that have shaped the history of philosophy and theology in the Western tradition (ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary);
  • Appreciate and systematically engage the historical and ongoing interaction between philosophy and theology in the Western tradition, particularly as it concerns questions of God, reason, revelation, faith, language, doctrine, culture, and human experience;
  • Appreciate and constructively engage the various genres, methods, styles, aims, and historical contexts of philosophical and theological inquiry;
  • Develop a program of study in consultation with an advisor that includes a concentration in one of the following areas: Faith, Science, and Philosophy; Foundations in Philosophy and Theology; Medieval Philosophy and Theology; and Philosophy and Religions.
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated ability to write and speak about philosophical and theological texts and issues through graduate seminars, language study, a comprehensive exam, and an optional thesis.