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Theology Major Program of Study

GEP Common Courses (See Curricula): six Signature courses

GEP University Distribution (See Curricula):

Eight Variable Core courses, three integrative learning courses and three overlay requirements. These latter may or may not require students to take an additional course.

GEP Foreign Language

No foreign language unique to the department is required. But it is recommended that students consult with their advisors to fulfill the GER foreign language requirement with a language relevant to their religious or theological interest.

GEP Integrative learning

Any three complementary courses in the College of Arts and Sciences in departments other than Theology and Religious Studies. Students have considerable flexibility in choosing these courses. Students must choose three courses from the following categories, with no more than 2 from any single category:

  1. Any additional approved Faith and Reason course.
  2. Any approved Diversity, Globalization, or Area Studies course.
  3. Any approved Ethics Intensive course.
  4. Any approved Faith-Justice course.
  5. Any related Historical course.
  6. Any related Social Science course.
  7. Any related Humanities course.

Students should consult with their advisors to determine what courses are best suited to their own interests in Religious Studies when choosing the courses needed to satisfy the integrated learning requirement.

GEP Electives: any 14-17 courses

Major distribution:

Ten courses distributed as described below. At least eight must be at the 200-level or above. GEP courses will be used to partially satisfy the major concentration. (For examples of specific courses in each area, see the department web site at http://www.sju.edu/academics/cas/theology/index.html.)

1) Faith, Justice and the Catholic Tradition, Signature Core in the GEP

2) Bible, any one course

3) History of Christianity, one course or Systematic Theology, any one course

4) Ethics, any one course

5-6) THE Course, any two additional courses

7-8) Non Christian Religions: two courses.

The two courses in this area must not cover the same religious tradition.

9) THE 495 Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion

10) Theology Elective: Any one course in THE or REL at the 200 level or above. No one course may be counted more than once for the purposes of the overall student distribution within the major but because of the complexity of content, some courses could be chosen to fulfill the requirements of one of several distributional categories.

Students must consult with their advisors or the department chair to determine the best distribution of a selected course relative to their own interests and needs. Graduating seniors must demonstrate that they have completed at least one significant research paper in theology or religious studies.