Major in Theological Studies
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The Major in Theological Studies consists of 33 credit hours (=11 courses).
I. Foundational Theology
Core Requirement: THEO 100 THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS
Scripture Course: One 200-level course: either THEO 210 OLD TESTAMENT or THEO 220 NEW TESTAMENT
II. Areas & Electives
The remaining 7 courses (excluding the 2 seminars) must be taken in different areas and at different levels. Of the remaining 7 courses, students must take at least two 400-level courses, and they may take anywhere from zero to two 200-level courses. All other courses should be at the 300-level or 400-level.
Second Scripture Course
To insure majors take courses in both Testaments, this course must be in the other testament than the first Scripture Course above. (So if THEO 210 has already been taken, then the second Scripture course must be in the area of New Testament.)
Students must take courses in two of the following four areas:
Theology & History (THEO x30-49)
Faith & Reason (THEO x50-59)
Christian Morality & Society (THEO x60-69)
Non-Christian Religious Traditions (THEO x70-79)
Four Electives (any area at the 200/300/400 level)
Research Seminar: Sources and Methods in Theology (THEO 354) (junior year)
Senior Seminar (THEO 491) (senior year)
The two seminars are intended to foster community and advanced theological reflection for majors. The first is the "Research Seminar: Sources and Methods in Theology" (THEO 354). Taken before or during the junior year of studies (typically the fall semester), this seminar provides students a comprehensive introduction to thinking, writing, and speaking theologically.
The second is the "Senior Seminar" (THEO 491). Taken during the final semester of the senior year, this seminar provides students the opportunity to develop an integrative research project in collaboration with other graduating seniors. The seminar culminates in public presentations.