Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Undergraduate Degree Programs

If you want to continue your studies of Theology beyond the core requirements, the Theology Department has five different programs from which to choose—Major in Theology, Major in Religious Studies, Minor in Theology, Minor in Religious Studies, and the Pastoral Leadership Minor.

The Major in Theology and the Major in Religious Studies will provide you with the opportunity to examine in both breadth and depth either the Christian theological tradition or the contemporary field of religious studies. The major is declared by application to the Director of Undergraduate Programs and consists of 36 hours (12 three-credit courses). A minimum of five courses at the 300-level is required. Students are encouraged but not required to take up to two courses outside the department with prior approval for the theological studies track and three for the religious studies track. Theology majors receive faculty advising to facilitate their progress through the major.

The Minor in Theological Studies and Religious Studies require six courses: any three courses from the four core level areas of doctrine, Scripture, life and practice, and religious traditions; and three electives from 300-level courses. Each student's program is individually tailored to his/her plans in consultation with the Director of Minors.

Double-Dipping Policy

1. Students may not major and minor in the same discipline.
2. Majors: Not less than 21 credit hours in the individual student’s transcript must be unique to each major; that is, the courses in question are considered as actually fulfilling requirements of one major, not of more than one major.
3. Minors and interdisciplinary minors: not less than 8 credit hours in the individual student’s transcript must be unique to each minor; that is, the courses in question are considered as actually fulfilling requirements of one minor, not of more than one minor or major.
4. General exceptions to Rules 2 and 3 will be made if approved by the chairs/directors of the department(s)/program(s) housing each affected major and minor. A list of standing general exceptions will be maintained by the Dean's office.
5. Individual student exceptions may be made in appropriate cases by department chairs and program directors.
6. Departments and Programs may enforce stricter double-dipping policies than those stated above, which also should be provided to the Dean’s Office.

Contact Us

Interested in one of these Majors or Minors? Contact Dr. Thomas Wetzel (twetzel@luc.edu), the Theology Department's Undergraduate Program Director, or Marianne Wolfe (mwolfe5@luc.edu), the Department's Office Coordinator.