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By careful attention to the sources of the Catholic tradition, ODU Theology students develop the skills necessary for responsible reflection on the faith of their worship community. 

Degrees offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theology
  • Associate of Arts in Theology
  • Minor in Theology

See also:

ODU students study Theology with the Dominican commitment to search for Truth wherever it may be found, especially in contemplation about the human relationship with God. This contemplation includes the study of Philosophy and History, two subject areas included in the core curriculum.
  • Sample 4-Year Plan for Theology Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 PHL
    MTH 121
    Natural Science
    HST
    THL 225
    THL 106 or 107 Elective
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279 Foreign Language 111
    Foreign Language 110
    Social/Behavioral Science
    THL 234 THL 303
    Elective
    Art/Music/Theatre
    Elective Elective
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 379 THL 335
    THL Elective
    THL 320
    Required Elective (1)
    Social/Behavioral Science
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    THL Elective
    THL 479
    LIT THL Elective
    PHL
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Required Elective (1) – Choose one of the following courses:
    • THL 240, THL 241, THL 342, THL 248, THL 345
    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.A. in Theology
    Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in addition to the major requirements listed below. 
    Required Courses Credits
    THL 225 Introduction to Christian Theology 3*
    THL 234 Jesus: Revelation of God 3*
    THL 303 The Gospels 3*
    THL 320 Grace & Freedom 3*
    THL 335 Christian Morality 3*
    THL 479 CORE: Senior Capstone Seminar 3*
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    THL 106 Old Testament 3*
    THL 107 New Testament 3*
    Select one course from the following:


    Courses Credits
    THL 240 History of Christianity: The 1st Millennium 3*
    THL 241 History of Christianity: The 2nd Millennium 3*
    THL 342 History of Christianity in the United States 3*
    THL 248 Early Christian Writings 3*
    THL 345 Vatican Council II 3*
    Theology Elective Courses Credits
    Select three THL courses with at least one course at the 300 level or above 9*
    Total Credits Required 33

    * Used to calculate the Major GPA

  • A.A. in Theology
    Courses Credits
    ENG 110 College Writing I 3
    CORE 179 CORE: What Does it Mean to be Human? 3
    CORE 279 CORE: What is the Common Good? 3
    THL 225 Introduction to Christian Theology 3*
    THL 303 The Gospels 3*
    Theology Electives (Six credits must be at the 200-level or above) 9*
    General Electives 36
    Total Credits Required for major 60
    * Used to calculate the Major GPA
  • Minor in Theology

    Courses Credits
    THL 225 Introduction to Christian Theology 3
    Select one course from the following:
    THL 106 Old Testament
    THL 107 New Testament
    Theology Electives (at least three credits in Biblical Theology)  12
    Total Credits Required 18
  • Requirements for Columbus Diocesan Certification

    Neither Ohio Dominican University nor the state of Ohio grants certification for the teaching of religion; the Columbus diocese does certify religion teachers for Catholic schools.

    Students who wish to be certified to teach religion in the Diocese of Columbus are encouraged to arrange approval of courses with the diocesan director of religious education.

    Theology majors who wish to teach religion in the Columbus Catholic high school system are encouraged to take EDU 220 and EDU 487 or their equivalents as approved by the diocesan director of religious education.

    Secondary education majors planning to teach in the Columbus Catholic high school system are required to have a theology major or 30 semester credits in theology for full-time teaching of religion, 18 semester credits for part-time teaching of religion.