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Theology Major Requirements

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The curriculum for Theology majors incorporates both structure and flexibility. Majors take a combination of essential, required courses and electives from within and outside the Department of Theology. Students outside of the college of Arts and Science can also major in Theology. Programs are designed in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the student's Theology faculty advisor. Students majoring in theology must choose between two tracks: the Standard Theology Major or Honors Theology Major.

Standard Theology Major

The Standard Theology Major, requiring 30 credit hours, is relatively unstructured and flexible, easily tailored to various motivations and goals for theological study and adaptable to the diverse paths and timetables by which students come to the major. It offers a theological enrichment and complement to a student’s Boston College education.

  • Theology Core (6 credits): Students may choose any of the two-course, Theology Core sequences: Biblical Heritage, Exploring Catholicism, Introduction to Christian Theology, Perspectives, Pulse, Religious Quest, or the Honors Porgram. In fulfilling the Core, both semesters of the same sequence must be taken.
  • Majors Course: “Conciliar Traditions” (3 credits): The nucleus or spine of the major, this course provides an historical overview of the Catholic conciliar traditions, from Nicaea to Vatican II, including a substantial focus on the Second Vatican Council, its reception and interpretation.
  • Majors Seminar: “Key Theologians and Texts” (3 credits): Ordinarily taken after the Majors Course, the Majors Seminar provides an in-depth encounter with a seminal theologian and/or classic theological text/s.
  • Major Electives */** (18 credits; 6 courses): 6 upper-level courses in any theological sub-discipline, including an optional Senior Thesis (3-6 credits), are required for the Standard Theology Major.

Honors Theology Major

The Honors Theology Major, requiring 36 hours, is designed for Theology as a 1st major, especially for students interested in post-graduate study of theology or related fields. Rigorous and comprehensive, it provides an integrated introduction to the discipline and a broad foundation for further study. With its distribution requirements across all theological sub-disciplines, it exposes students to the breadth of the entire area in which to pursue and demonstrate theological excellence. As an Honors Program it allows students to be recognized for their achievement, both within and outside the university, thus facilitating admission to the next level of study. Students are expected to maintain a 3.5 GPA.

  • Theology Core Sequence I (6 credits): Students must take a two-course, Theology Core sequence of Biblical Heritage.
  • Theology Core Sequence II (6 credits): Students must choose one of the following two-course, Theology Core sequences: Exploring Catholicism, Introduction to Christian Theology, Perspectives, Pulse, Religious Quest, or the Honors Program. In fulfilling the Core, both semesters of the same sequence must be taken.
  • Majors Course: “Conciliar Traditions” (3 credits): The nucleus or spine of the major, this course provides an historical overview of the Catholic conciliar traditions, from Nicaea to Vatican II, including a substantial focus on the Second Vatican Council, its reception and interpretation.
  • Majors Seminar: “Key Theologians and Texts” (3 credits): Ordinarily taken after the Majors Course, the Majors Seminar provides an in-depth encounter with a seminal theologian and/or classic theological text/s.
  • Honors Distributions (9 credits; 3 courses): 3 upper-level courses, 1 course in each of the sub-disciplines not already covered by the Theology Core, are required.
  • Honors Electives/Honors Thesis ** (12 credits; 4 courses): 4 upper-level courses in any theological sub-discipline, including an optional Honors Thesis (6 credits) or an optional Scholar of the College Thesis (12 credits), are required for the Honors Theology Major.


* With DUS approval, 2 courses/6 credits from another discipline (including the first major) may also count toward the Standard Theology Major, provided that they have sufficient theological relevance.

** Only one Level 2 course may count toward the Standard or Honors Theology Major.