Bachelor of Arts in Theology
In the general undergraduate curriculum at Saint Louis University most students are required to take theology. The basic introductory course, Theological Foundations, introduces the student to the God of revelation within the Judaeo-Christian tradition as grasped in faith and to the understanding of its implications for living a human life, respecting creation and pursuing beauty and truth. This is done within an ecumenical and global context, examining other world religions and various social realities. Subsequent courses focus more specifically on an aspect of Christian or other religious traditions and address important social and moral issues of our day.
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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.
[Click here to view the old (pre-2013) requirements for a Major in Theological Studies]
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The minor consists of 15 hours (= 5 courses) [after the THEO 100 course which is a prerequisite for the minor]. The student must complete two 200 level courses, one 300 level course, and one 400 level course, as well as an additional 300 or 400 level course of your choice. The breakdown is as follows:
- (3) THEO 100
- (6) THEO 200 level
- (3) THEO 300 level
- (3) THEO 400 level
- (3) THEO 300/400 level