• Learning Outcomes

    Throughout their studies in the Theology major, students will:

    • Explain central concepts of Catholic theology, such as revelation, tradition, sin, salvation, trinity, grace, incarnation, inspiration of scripture, church and sacrament.
    • Effectively use scholarly resources for research.
    • Write competently in the forms appropriate for theological discourse.
    • Investigate and evaluate theological insights.
    • Defend the complementary relationship between faith and reason within the Catholic intellectual tradition.

    Through engagement with the Catholic theological heritage, students will:

    • List the major figures in the development of the Catholic tradition and classify their contribution.
    • Identify and explain important theological concepts in the Nicene-Constantinople Creed.
    • Record important events in the history of Christianity.
    • List the components of Catholic social justice teaching and employ them in the analysis of a moral predicament.
    • Examine and explain the important liturgical expressions found within the Christian worship tradition.

    Within the study of the Old Testament and the New Testament, students will:

    • Explain the principles of Catholic reading and the consequent multiple interpretations of the Bible.
    • Trace the narrative of salvation history as drawn from episodes of the Bible.
    • Explain how the Catholic Church’s teachings are grounded in biblical texts.
    • Discuss the application of biblical themes to contemporary situations.
    • Make connections between major texts, people, and incidents in the Bible and appraise the effect of these relationships within the scope of biblical theology.

    Founded within a liberal arts tradition, students will:

    • Learn the Catholic principles for ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue, and assess contemporary developments in those areas.
    • Articulate the role and influence of Catholicism and/or Christianity in discussions that occur in public realms.
    • Demonstrate a consciousness of contemporary cultural and social issues, and the role that Catholic theology can contribute to those issues.
    • Communicate examples of contributions Catholic theology can make to the study of other disciplines, and contributions other disciplines can make to the study of Catholic theology.
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