General Studies – MA Theology

Concentration Chair: Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson

Courses are designed to provide a broader awareness of theology in general through an interdisciplinary concentration core. Students must select at least one course from each of the six concentrations following completion of their co-requisite courses and program core.

Concentration Goals

  1. To educate students in a broad range of Catholic theological disciplines, depending on the student’s interests, attending to the foundations of Catholic life and belief in a manner that is critical, accurate, and informed by current scholarship
  2. To develop in students a broad knowledge of theological disciplines of interest, and within them, developing methodologies and their current scholarly literature
  3. To develop in students their ability to articulate this knowledge in speech and writing
  4. To train students in the skills of theological research, including the use of traditional library resources and new media resources, as well as in the normal methods and style of theology
  5. To foster in students sound habits of study, dialogue, and discerning theological judgment, especially with a view to their roles in the work of evangelization and/or their further academic work in theology

Concentration Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate, in writing and speaking, an understanding of primary theological concepts and principles in a range of theological disciplines.
  2. Students will be able to explain these concepts and principles, and apply them in concrete situations, in a reasoned way so others can understand Catholic teaching.
  3. Students will demonstrate competence in distinguishing between fully Catholic approaches and other approaches, and be able to communicate the correctness of the former and the incorrectness of the latter.

Co-requisites for Theology:

  1. PHS 607 Philosophy for Theologians
  2. DTH 600 Faith and Revelation (Prerequisite is PHS 607)

Theology Core:

  1. DTH 731 One and Triune God
  2. DTH 751 Christology (Prerequisite is DTH 731)
  3. MTH 611 Fundamental Moral Theology I
  4. SAS 651 Synoptic Gospels

Concentration Core:

  1. Any Apologetics Course
  2. Any Bioethics Course
  3. Any Church History Course
  4. Any Dogma, Morals, or Scripture Course

Concentration Electives:

  1. Any Course in the Program

Comprehensive Exam Course:

  1. ENG 890 MA Summative Evaluation:  Comprehensive Exam & Professional Paper (Theology)

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