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Core Program in Theology

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The Core requirement in theology is six credit hours and may be fulfilled by either of the following options:

Two-Semester Sequence

Theology Core courses are two-semester sequences in which students must first take part I and then part II of the same core course (preferably with the same professor in the same academic year) to fulfill the requirement and receive Core credit.

  • THEO 1001-1002 Biblical Heritage I and II
  • THEO 1023-1024 Exploring Catholicism I and II
  • THEO 1016-1017 Introduction to Christian Theology I and II
  • THEO 1161-1162 Religious Quest I and II
  • HONR 1101-1102 Western Cultural Tradition I and II (Honors Program)
  • HONR 1103-1104 Western Cultural Tradition III and IV (Honors Program)

Religious Quest courses present Christianity and at least one other world religious tradition. Students are strongly encouraged to take both semesters of the same Religious Quest class. If circumstances require switching sections, students need permission of the instructor of the spring term course and may be asked to do additional background reading and writing for the religious tradition(s) not covered in the course's first semester.

Twelve-Credit Courses

A student may take either of these courses to fulfill the Theology requirement:

  • THEO/PHIL 1088-1089 Person and Social Responsibility I and II (for PULSE Program students only)
  • THEO/PHIL 1090-1091 Perspectives on Western Culture I and II

The following options do not count for credit towards the theology core requirement:

  • Summer courses taken through the Office of International Programs
  • Courses taken as Pass/Fail

Learning Goals of Theology Core Courses

Theology core courses should enable students to:

  • demonstrate the ability to consider issues of religious faith from an intellectual or scholarly perspective
  • demonstrate that they have some appreciation of the nature of the theological enterprise as a disciplined reflection on religious faith
  • demonstrate that they have reflected on the question about the relationship between reason and religious faith
  • demonstrate that they have attained a basic familiarity with and appreciation for at least one faith tradition