Department Chair: John Merkle

Faculty: Jon Armajani; Jennifer Beste; Charles Bobertz; Kristen Colberg; Shawn Colberg; Martin Connell; Kathryn Lilla Cox; Rebecca Berru Davis; Den Durheim; Bernard Evans; Daniel Finn; Mary Forman, OSB; Juliann Heller; Noreen Herzfeld; Kathy Janku; Jeffrey Kaster; Patricia Kennedy, OSB; Kathy Langer; Dale Launderville, OSB; Anna Mercedes; John Merkle; Michael Patella, OSB; Anthony Ruff, OSB; Bill Schipper, OSB; Vincent Smiles; Laura Taylor; David Wirtschafter; Kari-Shane Davis Zimmerman.

 Religious faith, expressed in countless ways, has played a major role in the unfolding of human history and civilizations. Therefore, as the study of faith, theology is a vital part of a liberal arts education. Because religion intersects with all aspects of culture (for example, art, music, language, literature, history, philosophy, science), theological study offers a unique opportunity to connect the dots from multiple disciplines into a coherent world view.

 Faculty members in our theology department are committed to helping students understand religion as a fundamental part of human experience. Exploring how faith and reason combine to form life-orienting perspectives, our faculty join students in grappling with major questions about God, the world, and human existence. This is done in a variety of ways, especially through the critical examination of the sacred texts and values of the Catholic tradition, other Christian traditions, and other religions.


The theology department conducts assessment of student learning in order to determine how well the department and its students are accomplishing specified learning goals and objectives. This assessment activity provides the department with systematic feedback to make curricular and pedagogical improvements. While the department protects confidentiality, students should expect that their coursework may serve as evidence in the assessment process and that they may be asked to provide other data or participate in assessment reviews.

Major in Theology (44 credits)

THEO 111, The Biblical Tradition
THEO 220, Philosophy for Theology
THEO 221, Thinking Theologically
THEO 210, Historical Development of the Christian Church
THEO 300, Engaging Scripture
THEO 390, Fundamental Theological Conversation
THEO 396, Capstone: Theological Conversation
Four courses, four credits each, from at least two of the following areas:
1) Scripture (300-309)
2) Systematic Theology (320-329)  and Moral Theology/Christian Ethics (340-349)
3) Spirituality (330-339), Liturgy (350-359), and Pastoral Theology (380-389)
4) Church History (310-319) and Jewish Studies/World Religions (360-369)

Major in Theology with a Concentration in Pastoral Ministry

Under revision; contact Department Chair.

Major in Theology with a Minor in Secondary Education

Under revision; contact Department Chair.

Minor in Theology (20 credits)

THEO 221, Thinking Theologically

THEO 220, Philosophy for Theology or THEO 210, Historical Development of the Christian Church

THEO 300, Engaging Scripture

8 upper division theology credits as electives

Courses (THEO)