Core in Theology

Theology is the disciplined reflection on the mystery of God in the world and on the traditions of belief, worship, and ethics that shape communities of faith. It explicitly reinforces the tradition of Jesuit humanism, which prizes the scholarly investigation of religious faith and its impact on human culture. The study of theology is an essential feature of the Core Curriculum in a Jesuit, Catholic university. This implies an institutional commitment to the Roman Catholic tradition, but also encourages the study and understanding of other theological traditions.

The Core requirement in Theology is six credit hours and may be fulfilled by one of several two-semester sequences. Each sequence in the Theology core offers a distinctive contribution, but together they share the following goals in common:

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

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

Theology Core courses are two-semester sequences in which students must first take part I and then part II of the same core course (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.

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