Welcome to the Theology webpage. On this page you'll find the mission of the department, departmental student learning goals, a curricular map and assessment schedule, and progress made from the most recent Program Review Action Plan (2013-2014). If you have questions about the assessment findings or questions about the department, please contact Anna Mercedes, Theology Department Chair, at [email protected].


As an exploration of religious experiences and questions fundamental to human existence, theology is a vital part of a liberal arts education. Anchored in the Catholic intellectual tradition, particularly as expressed in the Benedictine "love of learning and desire for God," our courses explore the ways faith and reason combine to provide a unique lens on our world, our society, and the unity that underlies all reality. Because religion intersects with all aspects of culture-e.g., art, history, philosophy, and science-the study of theology offers a unique opportunity to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines into a coherent worldview. We do this through interdisciplinary study and a critical examination of sacred texts and values from our Catholic and Benedictine heritage as well as from other faith traditions. As we explore major questions about God, ourselves, and the world, we strive to help our students grow not only in understanding but also in lifelong commitment to the common good.


THEO 111: Theological Explorations

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate an ability to

  1. think critically and historically about some of the principal sources (especially Sacred Scripture), doctrines, and themes that shape Christian theology;
  2. explain differing viewpoints on at least one contemporary theological issue;
  3. apply at least one aspect of the Benedictine tradition to at least one of the topics addressed in the course.

The learning outcomes for TU courses are as follows:

Theology Upper Division (TU)

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate an ability to

  1. articulate a basic knowledge and a theological understanding of a specific religious topic or theme;
  2. interpret religious texts and phenomena in their historical and cultural contexts;
  3. analyze at least one contemporary issue based on their theological understanding.