Degree Requirements

Theology Major Requirements

In very exciting news, we now offer students a theology major and minor with an emphasis in ministry! Remember, all majors are encouraged to double-major but must complete 34 credit hours (11 courses and a Thesis/Research paper) in Theology, distributed as follows:

See 4-year planning tools for developing your double-major. Don't see a double-major yet that you'd like to see setup? Contact Dr. Hall, and he'll set it up with you. See a downloadable list of Theology Major requirements.

I. Required courses

  • Core Requirement: TH 101: Theological Foundations
  • TH495 Theology Seminar

II. Plus the following

  • 1 Scripture (TH 231: Introduction to the Old Testament or TH 236: Introduction to the New Testament)
  • Catholic Fundamentals (TH 201: Church and Worship or TH 220: Fundamentals of Morals)
  • 1 Catholic Social Teachings (TH 261: Wealth and Poverty or TH 263: Modern Catholic Social Teaching or TH 264: Theologies of Liberation)
  • 1 History of Christian Thought (TH 341 or TH 342 or TH 343)
  • 1 Systematics (TH 352: Christology or TH 353: Trinity in Christian Life)
  • Honor’s Thesis or Research Paper (1 Credit; TH 499 or TH 496)      

III. Electives and Ministry Emphasis

  • 4 Electives in any area(s) of theology: 12 credits; 9 credits must be taken within the Theology department, namely, with a “TH” prefix
  • For the optional Ministry Emphasis, students will need to use 6  of their 12 elective credits toward the following classes: TH 371: Discerning Ministry; TH 425: Ministry Internship or TH Ministering Through Vocation plus discilinary internship or clinical/pratical experience; TH 471: Ministry in Action.

IV. Other Requirements

  • Option 1: Six consecutive credits of a foreign language. Those with previous language training will begin at the appropriate level to fulfill the two-course requirement.
  • Option 2: Two courses in theology or philosophy with an appropriate intercultural component, to be selected from: TH 211 Comparative Religion, TH 264 Theologies of Liberation,  TH/GNDR 258 Theology,  and Gender TH 212 Medieval Women Mystics,  PHIL 203 Fundamentals of Islam,  PHIL 223 Asian Philosophy,  PHIL/GNDR 261 Philosophy and Gender
  • One of the following courses (3 credits) may apply as electives toward fulfilling the 34 credits required for the theology major: PHIL 203 Islam: Philosophy and Culture; PHIL 216 Philosophy of God and Religion; PHIL 223 Asian Philosophy; PHIL/GNDR 261 Philosophy and Gender

 V. Additional Advising Notes

  1. Students may double up on classes to fulfill the Intercultural requirement. For instance, if students take Theologies of Liberation as their 3 credits in Catholic Social Thought, they may use it also as fulfilling their intercultural component.
  2. 9 of the 12 elective credits must be from within the Theology classes. For instance, students may fulfill 3 credits of the Intercultural requirement through Philosophy while receiving elective credit toward their Theology major. If, for instance, a second course is taken outside the major that counts toward the Intercultural requirement, it will count toward that requirement but not toward the Theology elective. 
  3. Students must choose upfront whether they will fulfill their "Other Requirements" through either Intercultural Component classes or through LANG. If, for instance, the student chooses LANG, the student will be expected to complete the year of LANG. Same with the intercultural track.
    • Please also note that the LANG requirement should be fulfilled at the appropriate level. If a student tests out of a first year language, and the student decides to take the language route in Theology, the student must complete the second year of the language.
  4. The best case scenario for students interested in the ministry option is for them to move through the credits by the end of their junior year. They will then be open to paid internships for their senior year.
  5. For majors and minors who primarly plan to work in a different field, say clinical psychology, they can use their internship credits in their primary field toward their theology credits so long as they attach the 1-credit Ministering through Professional Vocation (TH 424) to their internship. We are working with speicific departments to develop this option.

 See Department Chair for appropriate course substitutions due to conflict or study abroad.

Theology Minor Requirements

All minors must complete 18 credit hours distributed as follows:

See a downloadable list of Theology minor requirements.

I. Theological Foundations

  •  Core Requirement: TH 101 Theological Foundations
  • TH 495 Theology Seminar

II. Areas and Electives

  • 1 Scripture (TH 231 Introduction to the Old Testament or TH 236 Introduction to the New Testament)
  • 9 credits of theology (TH) electives 
  • At least one of these electives must be a 300-400 level Theology course

III. Ministry Option

  • For the optional Ministry Emphasis, students will need to use 6 elective credits toward the following classes: TH 371: Discerning Ministerial Vocation; TH 425: Ministry Internship or TH 424 Ministering Through Vocation plus disciplinary internship or clinical/ practical experience; TH 471: Ministry in Action

Pastoral Ministry Certificate

I. Required Courses (12 credits)

  • PM 110 PM/Theological Foundations
  • PM 111 PM/History of Christianity
  • PM 210 PM/ Survey of Christian Ethics
  • PM 211 PM/Philosophy and Christianity 

Students seeking application to the program should contact Dr. John Ries, theology department chair. 

 See Department Chair for appropriate course substitutions due to conflict or study abroad.