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Department of Theology

B.A./M.A. in Theology

The Theology Department is happy to announce the creation of a new 5 year combined B.A./MA. program. Loyola undergraduates majoring in Theology will have the option of receiving the B.A. and M.A. in Theology in five years rather than in the traditional six. Loyola's Master's program in Theology aims to equip students with the resources necessary for contributing to theology as a discipline that is at once academically rigorous and creative. As such, upon completing the Master's program, graduates will be prepared to assume a variety of positions where theological training and competence are in demand, such as teaching in a high school or working in a parish education program. In addition, graduates from the combined B.A./M.A. program will be prepared to pursue advanced study of the discipline of Theology in a doctoral program.


B.A. Requirements

1. Entry-level courses: Three core courses: Theo 100, a second Tier 200 level core course, and Theo 185 Christian Ethics. Students who choose a core-level ethics course in the Philosophy Department will be required to take an upper-level ethics course in Theology.

2. Compulsory Courses for the Theology Major: Two to Four compulsory courses (depending on Entry-level course choices)

a. an Old Testament and a New Testament course (at either the 200 or 300 level) [one or both may have already been fulfilled at the 200 level as part of core]
b. a 300-level course in the History of Christian Thought ( Theo 317 or 318);
c. a course in a religious tradition other than Christianity (if not taken at the entry level);

3. Elective Courses: The additional courses at the 200 or 300 levels required to complete coursework for the major (36 total credits required). At least seven of these must be taken at the 300 level or above.

4. Capstone Course: In their junior or senior year, Theology Majors must complete a capstone course, Theo 373, which is designed to give students an opportunity to integrate various aspects of their theological education. Students will be expected to draw upon the major sources and disciplines (Scripture, History, Systematic Theology, Ethics) of the Christian tradition with particular attention to the Roman Catholic tradition. The particular faculty member teaching the course may also decide to include at least one other religious tradition outside of Christianity as part of the course content.


Suggested Curriculum Outline

36 credit hours for B.A. (including capstone) and 30 credit hours for M.A. fulfills credit hour requirements for both degrees.

Freshman Year

First Semester - 3 Theology Credit Hours
English 105 – 3 credit hours
History 101 – 3 hours
Natural Science Core – 3 hours
Communicative/Philosophy Core – 3 hours
Theology Core – (Theo 100) 3 hours
Second Semester - 3 Theology Credit Hours
English 106 – 3 hours
History (2nd Core requirement) – 3 hours
Social Science Core – 3 hours
Expressive Arts - 3 hours
Ethics Core - Christian Ethics (Theo 185) - 3 hours*

*If a student takes a 100-level Philosophy core course, he or she is required to take an upper level ethics course in Theology at some point in his or her BA studies.

Sophomore Year
 

First Semester - 3 Theology Credit Hours
Literature Core - 3 hours
Mathematics Core - 3 hours
Natural Science Core – 3 hours
Philosophy Core - 3 hours
Theology Core – 2nd tier 200 level Core - 3 hours
 Second Semester - 3 Theology Credit Hours
Literature Core - 3 hours
Philosophy Core - 3 hours
Natural Science Core – 3 hours
Social Science Core – 3 hours
Theology 300 Level - 3 hours

The program outlined above provides that all the core requirements will be met by the end of the second year except for one last Literature Core course. This frees up Junior and Senior year for concentration in the major. Application to the accelerated Master’s program would occur during one’s Junior year. 

Junior Year

First Semester - 6 Theology Credit Hours
Theology 200 Level OT
Theology 200 Level World Religion
Literature CAS Core
Elective
Elective
 Second Semester - 9 Theology Credit Hours
Theology 200 Level NT
Theology 300 Level
Theology 300 Level
Other Core or Elective
Elective

Senior Year

First Semester - 3 B.A Credit Hours/6 M.A. Credit Hours
Theology 317 or 318/460 (B.A./M.A.)
Theology 300/400 OT Course (M.A.)
Elective
Elective
Elective
 Second Semester - 6 B.A. Credit Hours/6 M.A. Credit Hours
Theology 300/400 NT Course (B.A./M.A.)
Theology 300/400 Course (M.A.)
Theology 373 Capstone (B.A.)
Elective
Elective

Master's Year

First Semester - 9 M.A. Credit Hours
Theology Graduate Level
Theology Graduate Level
Theology Graduate Level
 Second Semester - 6 B.A. Credit Hours/6 M.A. Credit Hours
Theology Graduate Level
Theology Graduate Level
Theology Graduate Level & Comprehensive Exams

 

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Department of Theology · 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Crown Center, Room 300, Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.2350 · Fax: 773.508.2386 · E-mail: theology@luc.edu

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