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Theological Studies, Minor

Examine theology and religion in all of its diversity and wrestle with today’s living issues in connection with our complex histories through Saint Louis University’s minor in theological studies.

The minor provides a foundation for the study of religion across the globe, with a particular focus on Catholic and other Christian traditions. Courses offered by the SLU’s Department of Theological Studies traverse a range of research methods, religious traditions, historical periods and places around the world. 

After completion of the core course, THEO 1000: Theological Foundations (or THEO 1600: God-Talk), an additional 15 credit hours of theological study are required to fulfill the minor requirements. These requirements allow flexibility for students to pursue nine credit hours of their choice, providing broadly applicable training in religion and faith, along with skills in research, critical thinking and communication that are helpful for any career.

At least nine credits must be taken at the 3xxx-level or above.  A single course cannot be used to fill more than one requirement when pursuing this minor.

Foundations Requirement Courses
THEO 1000Theological Foundations3
or THEO 1600 God-Talk
THEO 2710Religions of the World3
Area Elective Courses
Choose one course from the following:3
THEO 3430
Teachings in the Christian Tradition: God and Christ
THEO 3435
Teachings in the Christian Tradition: Church and World
General Elective Courses
Select three additional Theology Courses9
Total Credits18

Sacred Texts (ST) Courses

THEO 2110
Introduction to the Old Testament
THEO 2210
Introduction to the New Testament
THEO 3115
Biblical Prophets: Voices of Conscience and Social Justice
THEO 4210
How to Interpret Scripture: Methods and Perspectives
THEO 4290
Seminar in New Testament

Continuation Standards

A student must maintain a 2.00 GPA in theology minor coursework.

Students can complete all or part of the theological studies minor at SLU’s campus in Madrid.

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