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  Jan 18, 2018
 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Theology, B.A.


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Theology is the study both of the human experience of God and of the transmission of that experience through religious traditions, doctrines, ethics, and rituals. It is essentially a dialogue between religious traditions and human experience. Such dialogue is critical for human understanding in a time of increased encounters among world religions. The theology faculty attempts to assist students in this critical dialogue through courses about religious traditions, especially the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions, and by other courses that focus on contemporary issues from a theological perspective. The theology major prepares students for graduate studies in theology, law, history, journalism, and other forms of communication, as well as for directing religious education, teaching religious studies in secondary schools, and other forms of ministry. With appropriate counseling, a student can combine this major in the liberal arts with a major in another field (e.g. classics, business, biology, English, history, psychology, secondary education), both for the student’s personal enrichment and in view of broader career opportunities.

Undergraduates who attend Xavier University have a unique opportunity to begin work towards their master’s degree during their undergraduate programming. The 5-year path provides a focused, cost-effective way for our most qualified undergraduate students to prepare for a broad variety of professional careers in the service of faith and the promotion of justice in a diverse and pluralistic world.

Requirements for the Theology Major


Core Curriculum Requirements:


48 credit hours, including

Theology Requirement:


  • Included within the major.

Major Requirements:


36 credit hours, as follows

3 hours from:


  • A non-Christian religious traditions elective.

9 hours from elective courses selected from:


Note(s):


  • A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained in the theology courses.

TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120 Semester Hours


B.A. Theology


This block serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree. See your academic advisor.

Freshman Year


First Semester


  • ENGL 101 - English Composition or ENGL 115 - Rhetoric
  • First Year Seminar (CORE 100) (3)
  • Second Language 1 (3)
  • General Elective (3)
  • General Elective (3)

Total (15)

Second Semester


  • THEO 111 - Theological Foundations
  • Second Language 2 (3)
  • Historical Perspectives (3)
  • General Elective (3)
  • General Elective (3)

Total (15)

Sophomore Year


First Semester


  • THEO 209 - The Christian Tradition I
  • THEO 351 - Intro to Hebrew Scriptures
  • PHIL 100 - Ethics as Intro to Philosophy
  • Mathematical Perspectives (3)
  • Creative Perspectives (3)

Total (15)

Second Semester


  • THEO 328 - Intro to Christian Scriptures
  • THEO 210 - The Christian Tradition II
  • Philosophical Perspectives (3)
  • Scientific Perspectives (3)
  • General Elective (3)

Total (15)

Junior Year


First Semester


  • THEO 303 - Christian Ethics: Methods & Q
  • ENGL 205 - Literature & Moral Imagination
  • Theology Elective (3)
  • Natural Sciences Elective  (3)
  • Oral Communications Flag**

Total (15)

Second Semester


  • THEO 290 - Christian Doctrine Today
  • Non-Christian Religious Traditions elective
  • Diversity Core Requirement (DCR) Flag*
  • Social Sciences Elective
  • Humanities Elective (3)***

Total (15)

Senior Year


First Semester


  • THEO 295 - Senior Seminar: Ideas & Method
  • Theology Elective (3)
  • E/RS Flag (3)
  • Writing-Intensive Flag (3)**
  • Quantitative Reasoning Flag (3)**

Total (15)

Second Semester


  • Theology Elective (3)
  • General Elective  (3)
  • General Elective (3)
  • General Elective (3)
  • General Elective (3)

Note(s):


  • * Diversity Curriculum requirement may be double-counted in some instances with other requirements.  It may also be taken earlier than the junior year.
  • ** The four flags (oral, writing, diversity, quantitative) can double-count liberally with major and core.
  • ***Any course in the THEO 300s sequence may fulfill the Humanities Elective core requirement.

Scheduling Notes:


  • Consult the “Undergraduate Core Curriculum ” requirements of the Catalog.
  • E/RS Focus Elective requirement may be used to satisfy another element of the core.

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