2013 - 2014
Undergraduate Catalogue

Theology

Office: Humanities Center, Room 042c

Telephone: 410-617-2219

Website: www.loyola.edu/theology

FACULTY

Chair: Frederick Bauerschmidt, Professor

Professors: Frederick Bauerschmidt; James J. Buckley; Angela Russell Christman; John J. Conley, S.J.; Stephen E. Fowl; Brian F. Linnane, S.J.; Claire Mathews-McGinnis

Associate Professors: R. Trent Pomplun; Joseph S. Rossi, S.J.; Arthur M. Sutherland

Assistant Professors: J. David Decosimo; Rebekah Ann Eklund; John R. Kiess; Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner (visiting)

Instructor: Daniel Wade McClain


The practice of theology in a Catholic context requires study of the origins and uses of Jewish and Christian Scriptures, the history of Christianity (Eastern and Western, Catholic and Protestant), contemporary theologies, and theological ethics. It also requires studying the multiple relationships between theology and contemporary philosophies, religions, and cultures. Thus, all students take an introduction to theology aimed at learning to interpret the Bible, understand history of Christianity, and become people who can respond intelligently, in thought and life, to the way these texts and traditions challenge (and are challenged by) our contemporary cultures.

The second theology course focuses these aims on one of four general areas: Jewish and Christian Scriptures, the History of Christianity, Christian Theology, Theology and Culture (including world religions). Core ethics courses are either case-oriented or theme-oriented explorations of theological ethics. The electives aim to introduce students to the way scholarly research is conducted in the various divisions of theology. These diverse aims are ultimately in the service of reading about, writing about, thinking about, and otherwise engaging the triune God. Loyola's theology courses are addressed to all students--Catholic and Christian, Jewish or members of other religions, doubters and nonbelievers.

LEARNING AIMS

Students who successfully complete the theology major will be able to:

  • describe the major events of the biblical narrative and name significant figures and events in the Bible, locating them temporally and spatially in relation to one another;
  • distinguish different approaches to biblical interpretation and assess their relevance for particular theological aims;
  • describe major doctrinal disputes and figures in the history of Christianity, locating them temporally and spatially in relation to one another;
  • analyze and assess the significance of selected historical theological debates for Christians today;
  • relate different Christian doctrines to one another in a systematic way and articulate the interconnections between them;
  • relate Christian theological views to currents in the wider culture, including the views of other religious traditions;
  • analyze and evaluate the congruities and discongruities between Christian theological views and other phenomena of human culture;
  • practice the technique of ďclose readingĒ of a theological or other text;
  • write papers using clear and persuasive language to analyze and appraise theological and other positions.

MAJOR IN THEOLOGY

Requirements for the major and an example of a typical program of courses are as follows:

  • Introduction to Theology (TH201)
  • Second Theology Core (TH202-299)
  • Ethics Core (TH300-319)
  • Ten (10) additional courses in theology, including at least: two courses from Bible (TH221-239, TH341-360); two courses from History (TH202-220, TH321-340); one course from Christian Theology (TH240-260, TH361-380); one course from Theology, Ethics and Culture (TH261-280, TH381-399); and Senior Seminar (TH400).

Normally, majors take courses at the 300-level. Up to three courses beyond the core may be taken at the 200-level to complete the major.

Bachelor of Arts

Freshman Year

Fall Term

    PL201 Foundations of Philosophy*
    TH201 Introduction to Theology or
    Elective
    WR100 Effective Writing**
    Language Core
    Math/Science Core

Spring Term

    HS101 Europe and the World Since 1500**
    PL200-Level Philosophical Perspectives Course*
    Language Core or
    Elective
    Theology Core or
    Elective
    Elective

Sophomore Year

Fall Term

    EN101 Understanding Literature
    History Core**
    Math/Science Core
    Social Science Core
    Elective**

Spring Term

    English Core
    Math/Science Core
    Social Science Core
    Theology Elective*
    Elective**

Junior Year

Fall Term

    Ethics Core
    Fine Arts Core
    Theology Elective*
    Elective*
    Elective**

Spring Term

    Theology Elective*
    Theology Elective or
    Elective
    Nondepartmental Elective
    Elective
    Elective**

Senior Year

Fall Term

    Theology Senior Seminar
    Theology Elective*
    Theology Elective**
    Nondepartmental Elective
    Elective

Spring Term

    Theology Elective*
    Theology Elective*
    Theology Elective**
    Nondepartmental Elective
    Elective

* Required for major.

** Terms may be interchanged.

  1. Core Requirements: All students are required to take two courses in theology: Introduction to Theology (TH201), followed by a second theology core course (TH202-299).
  2. TH201 is the prerequisite for all courses TH200-level and above.
  3. Ethics Core Requirement: Each student must take one course in ethics or Christian ethics, preferably in junior or senior year. This course may be elected from those offered by the Philosophy (PL300-319) or Theology Departments (TH300-319). Organically related to TH201, the ethics courses offered by the Theology Department focus on the crucial struggle of our time: the struggle for faith and that struggle for justice which it includes.
  4. Students must complete the diversity core requirement through a designated diversity core, major, or elective course (see Diversity Core Requirement under Curriculum and Policies).

INTERDISCIPLINARY MAJOR IN THEOLOGY

Students pursuing the interdisciplinary major should plan their course of study in consultation with a major advisor in theology and a major advisor in the other relevant department. Theology requirements for the major are as follows:

  • Introduction to Theology (TH201)
  • Second Theology Core (TH202-299)
  • Ethics Core (TH300-319)
  • Four (4) additional theology courses, as follows: one course from Bible (TH221-239, TH341-360); one course from History (TH202-220, TH321-340); one course from Christian Theology (TH240-260, TH361-380); one course from Theology, Ethics and Culture (TH261-280, TH381-399)*
  • Two Theology Electives*

* No more than two of the courses beyond the core may be taken at the 200-level.

ACCELERATED B.A.-M.T.S. PROGRAM

Theology majors who intend to pursue graduate studies and who achieve a GPA of 3.500 or better become eligible to apply to the departmentís accelerated B.A.-M.T.S. program. This program enables students to take up to two graduate courses per semester (fall/spring) during their senior year which count toward both the bachelorís and masterís degrees. Students accepted into the accelerated program will be assigned an advisor in the department who will work with them to determine which graduate courses they should take in their senior year.

Students with an interest in the accelerated program who meet the GPA requirements are encouraged to apply. Candidates are selected based on GPA, letters of reference, a statement of purpose, and GRE scores. Applications may be obtained through the departmentís website. Completed applications are due by March 15 of the studentís junior year.

MINOR IN THEOLOGY

  • Introduction to Theology (TH201)
  • Second Theology Core (TH202-299)
  • Ethics Core (TH300-319)
  • Four (4) additional theology courses, as follows: one course from Bible (TH221-239, TH341-360); one course from History (TH202-220, TH321-340); one course from Christian Theology (TH240-260, TH361-380); one course from Theology, Ethics and Culture (TH261-280, TH381-399)*
  • Two Theology Electives*

* No more than two of the courses beyond the core may be taken at the 200-level.

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