Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Graduate Program Outcomes

Program Mission and Goals

1. Interdisciplinarity/Integrated Study Across Disciplines:
The field of the study of religion has been called a “field-encompassing field” (Clifford Geertz) in that the understanding of religion involves many disciplines. The fields of Theology, Christian Ethics, and New Testament/Early Christianity draw on historical, linguistic, philosophical, sociological, and literary methods, in addition to the material on which the fields themselves rely (i.e., biblical texts for NT/EC, theological doctrines for Theology and Ethics).
2. Excellence in Research, Knowledge Creation and Their Dissemination.
Theological, ethical and biblical scholarship require the ability to seek out the best sources, to reflect with profundity and nuance, to participate in the community of learning through writing, adjudicating the research of others, through talks, seminars, conferences, and publications. In this way we push out the boundaries of knowledge into new fields of understanding.
3. Global Awareness of Diversity in Culture and Perspectives.
The fields of theology, ethics, and biblical studies require an awareness of diversity. Students in the program develop an awareness of this diversity in their coursework and research by becoming familiar with the work of scholars from various geographical areas, and in understanding how the sociology of knowledge reveals how knowledge perception and the ordering of values is dependent on culture and language.
4. A Well Organized Program that Results in a Timely Completion of the Degree
MA and Ph.D. students should have a clear road map of program requirements, timetables and expectations of time to degree. Faculty evaluate the students each semester. Ph.D. students are expected to move through the program within six years, if there is no illness or other unexpected circumstance.

Student Learning Outcomes

Stated in terms that are measurable in a variety of ways over the course of the program students should be
able to demonstrate the following:
1. Interdisciplinarity/Integrated Study Across Disciplines:
Student papers and essays will demonstrate awareness of the findings of other disciplines, particularly in those areas that are most relevant to their own field of study (e.g., knowledge of philosophy for theology and ethics). Students should be able to demonstrate facility with interdisciplinary discussions.
2. Excellence in Research and Knowledge Creation and Dissemination:
Students will demonstrate research skills that result in well-researched, organized, and carefully thought- out papers. They should become involved in professional societies, propose papers for conferences, and submit papers for publication.
3. Global Awareness of Diversity in Culture and Perspectives:
Students will demonstrate an awareness of diverse cultures in their presentations and in their papers. Students should be encouraged to be involved in seminars or if they can, trips to other locations where they will be in the minority, and experience for themselves the manner in which culture affects vision.
4. A Disciplined Program of Study that Results in a Timely Completion of the Degree:
Students will show that they are progressing through the program at a steady rate. They should be able to demonstrate to their academic advisors/dissertation directors that they are keeping to the timetable for courses, and comprehensives if MA students. The Ph.D. students should be timely in their courses, comprehensives, proposals, dissertations defense and graduation.