Undergraduate Catalog: 2019-20

Theology BA

Theology is a discipline that is rooted in faith that seeks an understanding of God, creation, sin, and salvation. Students who take theology classes will explore some of the most important questions in life.  Students learn to examine God’s word as it is manifested in the sources of the Catholic faith and the whole of the Christian tradition, while reflecting on their own personal experience. Students will be prepared

  • for graduate school in theology,
  • to become a theology or religion teacher, or
  • to serve the diocese or work in a parish.

Many continue on to law, healthcare or other fields for which this liberal arts degree provides an outstanding basis.  Theology majors will learn how to think and reflect with depth and breadth. They will gain a flexibility of thought that allows them to see other points of view and enter into the arguments of others while knowing where they stand and how they can best present their views and positions.  They will be better citizens, parents and leaders in today’s culture.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation with a B.A. degree in Theology, USF students will:

  • Internalize Christian spirituality and sacramentality as foundational to theology and ministry.
  • Examine the historical and social contexts of the biblical writings, of the Catholic exegetical tradition, and the major events in the history of the Church.
  • Interpret contemporary ethical problems in light of the theological roots of Catholic social/moral teachings.
  • Engage in theological analysis of Christian doctrine and practice.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively an understanding of Catholic Christianity to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage in ecumenical, interfaith, and other dialogue.

Degree Requirements

The B.A. in Theology degree requires 120 credit hours:

  • 53-55 credit hours of General Education courses
  • 45 credit hours in theology, philosophy, languages, and humanities courses
  • 18-20 credit hours of electives

Program of Study

The B.A. in Theology degree requires:

  • 18 credit hours of prescribed courses within General Education: THEO 105, 205, 250, 475, PHIL 123, 421
  • 45 credit hours of prescribed major core courses:
    • THEO 206, 210, 230, 241, 245, 300, 310, 312, 320, 335, 350, 360
    • PHIL 211
    • two semesters of a foreign language
    • three semesters of HUMN 400 Humanities Seminar
  • 18-20 credit hours of electives

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements.

Progression Requirements

Theology majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0.

Graduation Requirements

Theology majors must meet USF graduation requirements.