Saint Louis University

Nine hours of theology are among the core requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. These core courses are shaped and formed in the spirit of the mission statement of Saint Louis University. The first course, Theological Foundations (3 hours) introduces the student to foundations of the Judeo-Christian heritage and to the discipline of theology. From this initial discovery, a variety of courses on the 200 level provides options for a deeper insight and understanding into the Christian tradition as appropriate for the "Catholic Jesuit Identity" of the University. The 300 level courses integrate and apply theological principles to the practical realities of life. These courses "promote activities which apply that intellectual and ethical heritage for the good of society as a whole."

THEO 100 Theology Foundations: Discovery

In response to the mission of this Catholic, Jesuit University, the Theological Foundations course (THEO 100) seeks to educate students from all the undergraduate programs in a critical discourse with human experience, biblical origins, historical foundations, and historical developments of the Christian tradition. The course provides opportunity for human enrichment through creative questioning, awareness of Christian cultures, access to other cultural and religious contexts through comparative study, and a balanced appreciation of Christianity as a vital element in our global heritage.

Students will be introduced to the Hebrew and Christian scriptures with an emphasis on important texts and theological issues. Students will explore how historical and literary criticism help in understanding fundamental theological concepts such as God, revelation, faith, creation, covenant, and salvation history. In post-biblical developments students will study the early experience of Christians, especially as they learned to articulate their faith in Christ and thereby developed their understanding of the triune God.
*Note: The Theological Foundations course (THEO 100) is unique to SLU's undergraduate curriculum and must be taken by all students at the university. Similar courses taken at other universities will normally not be allowed to count as a transfer equivalent. For further questions, please contact the director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Theology.

The manner in which these and other theological developments are taught varies according to the method and strengths of the instructor. Students will be challenged to acquire the targeted skills of reading, writing, and speaking theologically. They will also be encouraged to consider how critical, careful and creative theological questioning can deepen their understanding of the human condition.

200 Level: Insight

Courses on the 200 level are more advanced and more specific studies of comparative theology, biblical studies, historical and systematic theology which have all received a fundamental treatment in the 100 level course. Thus, there are courses in oriental religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. There are focused courses on the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian New Testament. There are historical courses on early, medieval, and American Christianity. And there are systematic courses on specific themes in systematic theology like God, Jesus, Church, Sacraments and the like.

200-level: THEOLOGICAL SPECIALTIES
Prerequisite: 100 level course

JEWISH SCRIPTURES IN THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE (210-19)
THEO 210 Old Testament
THEO 219 Studies in Jewish Scriptures in the Christian Bible

CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES (220-29)
THEO 220 New Testament
THEO 221 Jesus and History
THEO 229 Studies in Christian Scriptures

THEOLOGY AND HISTORY (230-49)
THEO 232 Early Church
THEO 233 Medieval Christianity
THEO 234 The Church and the World: Since 1500
THEO 235 American Christianity
THEO 249 Studies in Theology and History

FAITH AND REASON (250-59)
THEO 250 God in Human Experience
THEO 251 Jesus and Salvation
THEO 252 Christian Beliefs
THEO 253 The Church: Yesterday and Today
THEO 254 The Christian Sacraments
THEO 259 Studies in Faith and Reason

CHRISTIAN MORALITY (260-69)
THEO 260 Christian Moral Life
THEO 261 OPEN NUMBER
THEO 269 Studies in Christian Morality

NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS (270-79)
THEO 270 Religious Traditions of Asia
THEO 271 Buddhism: Religion and Art
THEO 272 Hinduism: Religion and Art
THEO 273 Islam: Religion and Culture
THEO 274 Judaism
THEO 275 Jerusalem: City of Three Faiths
THEO 279 Studies in Non-Christian Religious Traditions

THEO 293 Special Topics (1-3)
THEO 297 Interdisciplinary Course (3)
THEO 298 Independent Study (1-3)
For Theology Majors only. Permission of Instructor and Chairperson required.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and chairperson required.

300 Level: Integration

Courses on the 300 level are more advanced and more specific studies of various religious traditions as well as the application of religion and theology to morality or ethics, to life in specific spheres both personal and social, and to spirituality. All of these applications have received an initial treatment in the 100 level and a more advanced and more specific treatment on the 200 level.


300-level: THEOLOGICAL ISSUES
Prerequisite: 100 and 200 level courses

JEWISH SCRIPTURES IN THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE (310-19)
THEO 310 Old Testament: Prophets
THEO 311 Old Testament: Psalms
THEO 319 Studies in Jewish Scriptures in the Christian Bible

CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES (320-29)
THEO 320 Life and Letters of St. Paul the Apostle
THEO 321 The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke
THEO 322 The Gospel and Epistles of John
THEO 324 New Testament Ethics
THEO 329 Studies in Christian Scripture

THEOLOGY AND HISTORY (330-49)
THEO 330 Teachers in Early Christianity
THEO 331 Teachers in Medieval Christianity
THEO 332 Mary and her Sisters
THEO 333 The Reformations of the 16th century
THEO 334 Christians in Middle East
THEO 335 African American Religious Traditions
THEO 336 Christianity in Africa and Asia
THEO 337 US Hispanic Theology
THEO 338 Issues in Theology
THEO 349 Studies in Theology and History

FAITH AND REASON (350-59)
THEO 350 Love and the Human Condition
THEO 351 Marriage and Christian Vocation
THEO 352 Theology of Death and Suffering
THEO 353 Christian Feminism
THEO 354 SEMINAR-Sources & Methods in Theology
THEO 355 Ignatian Humanism
THEO 356 Religion and Science
THEO 357 Theology of Gustavo Gutierrez
THEO 358 Modernity: Crisis of Belief
THEO 359 Studies in Faith and Reason

CHRISTIAN MORALITY AND SOCIETY (360-69)
THEO 360 Christian Morality and Health Care
THEO 361 Social Justice
THEO 362 Marriage and Family Ethics
THEO 363 Sex, Gender and Christian Ethics
THEO 365 Open Number
THEO 366 Faith & Politics
THEO 367 Poverty, Wealth, & Justice
THEO 368 Green Discipleship: Theology and the Environment
THEO 369 Studies in Morality and Society

NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS (370-79)
THEO 372 Jewish Life and Thought
THEO 379 Studies in Non-Christian Religious Traditions

THEOLOGY AND RELIGION (380-89)
THEO 380 Christian Prayer
THEO 381 EUCHARIST: Lit. Theo & Practice
THEO 382 Spirituality of Non-Violence
THEO 383 Christian Spiritual Traditions
THEO 389 Studies in Theology and Religion

THEO 393 Special Topics (1-3)
THEO 397 Interdisciplinary Course (3)
THEO 398 Independent Study (1-3)
For Theology Majors only. Permission of Instructor and Chairperson required.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and chairperson required.

400-level: THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
Prerequisite: 100-200-300 level course

JEWISH SCRIPTURES IN THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE (410-19)
THEO 410 Biblical Interpretation
THEO 411 Biblical Apocalyptic Literature
THEO 412 The Bible & Literature
THEO 413 Prophets
THEO 414 Psalms
THEO 419 Studies in Jewish Scriptures in the Christian Bible

CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES (420-29)
THEO 420 The Synoptic Gospels: Advanced Topics
THEO 421 Early Christian Apocalypses
THEO 429 Studies in Christian Scripture

THEOLOGY AND HISTORY (430-49)
THEO 431 Survey: Early Church
THEO 432 Survey: Medieval Church
THEO 433 Survey: Modern Church
THEO 434 Survey: American Church
THEO 435 Medieval Mystics: love & knowledge
THEO 436 Catholicism Today
THEO 437 Women in the Early Church
THEO 449 Studies in Theology and History

FAITH AND REASON (450-59)
THEO 450 Theology of God
THEO 451 Theology & Cultural Anthropology
THEO 452 Church: Mission and Culture
THEO 453 Theology of Nature
THEO 454 Christology
THEO 455 Women, Evangelization, & World Christianity
THEO 456 Theology of Human Person
THEO 459 Studies in Faith and Reason

CHRISTIAN MORALITY AND SOCIETY (460-69)
THEO 460 Bioethical Controversies
THEO 461 Spirituality & Political Commitment
THEO 462-86 Cont. Adult Spirituality Conf. (PROFESSIONAL STUDIES NUMBER ONLY!)
THEO 463 Ethics & Liturgy
THEO 464 American Spirituality/Landscape
THEO 465 War, Peace and Christianity
THEO 466 Theology of Nature
THEO 467/563 SOCIAL ETHICS: Christian Faith in the Public Sphere
THEO 468 God of the Martyrs: At & South of the Border
THEO 469 Studies in Morality and Society

NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS (470-79)
THEO 470 Interreligious Dialogue
THEO 479 Studies in Non-Christian Religious Traditions

THEOLOGY AND RELIGION (480-89)
THEO 480 Christian Iconography
THEO 488 Nicaragua: Theology and Culture
THEO 489 Studies in Theology and Religion

THEO 491 Research Seminar (Spring Semester)
THEO 493 Special Topics (1-3)
THEO 495 Senior Residency
THEO 497 Interdisciplinary Course (3)
THEO 498 Advanced Independent Study (1-3)
THEO 499 Interdepartmental Listings