The Department of Theological Studies' primary focus is the academic study of the Christian tradition in its historical and cultural contexts. In advancing the Catholic and Jesuit tradition of Saint Louis University, the department approaches revealed Christian truth with a special emphasis on its relation to human culture and the requirements of social justice.
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|Chair: Peter Martens, Ph.D.
Admission Coordinator: Heather Venable
Assistantship Application Deadline: January 15
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Credit Hours/Coursework: The program consists of 54 completed hours in all: 36 hours of coursework, 12 hours dissertation research, as well as 6 hours of prospectus writing. All three should be completed in three years. | Course of Study | Language Competencies
Program Description: Through critical methods, our Ph.D. program investigates the development of the Christian church, its beliefs and theologies, and religious practices in their social settings. | Admission and Application
Careers Possibilities: College Professor or Instructor; Librarian; Community Development Director; Missionary; Youth Minister. | Career Services
Curriculum and Program Details: The Doctor of Philosophy in Historical Theology degree is based upon the Catholic tradition and approaches theology from an historical perspective. Theological issues are therefore treated not only in their own unique historical and cultural contexts, but also within broader tradition of Christian theology from the early Church to the present day. The program's goals are:
About the Theological Studies Faculty: At Saint Louis University, faculty, staff and students all make a contribution to an active community life that is so necessary to the academic study of the Catholic theological tradition. Each group has an important role to play. Faculty in Theological Studies are active researchers and many are leading scholars in their specialty areas. In the last ten years, faculty in the department have published nearly 50 books and over 100 essays and articles. | Theological Studies faculty, staff, alumni/ae
Scholarships and Financial Aid: The Department of Theological Studies normally grants assistantships to select Ph.D. students for at least four years. A fifth year is normally funded through teaching appointments (see below). The Assistantship is considered central to our formation of doctoral students into well-trained, research active scholars. Doctoral students who have completed their coursework and comprehensive examinations can be appointed as adjunct Professors in the Department. Students who begin teaching for the first time take advantage of the training in the Center for Teaching Excellence and the guidance of a Faculty mentor. | Financial Aid | Student Financial Services at SLU