Undergraduate Course Catalog 2007-2008

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DEGREE PROGRAMS FOR: THEOLOGY

OBJECTIVES

1) To prepare students to reflect critically on issues of faith, morality, religion and theology either as the main focus of their college career (as a major) or in conjunction with other studies.

2) To serve the particular Mission of Lewis University and its Lasallian principles.

3) To be a resource for the University to maintain its Roman Catholic identity.

PROGRAM

The Department of Theology is key to the Mission of Lewis University. Our offerings invite students to consider the questions that confront people in every age and culture. These include questions of God’s existence and life’s meaning, as well as the relationship of humans one to another and to God. A theological approach involves working to understand what one believes. The sequence of courses acquaints students with foundational considerations and assists them in articulating their own responses in light of Christian faith and Catholic tradition. Christians, including Roman Catholics, however, do not necessarily have an advantage in theology courses at Lewis. Rather, the courses are intended to provide an opportunity to explore religious questions from a Christian, especially a Roman Catholic, perspective in a personal way.

Students are afforded opportunities for service learning, preparation for further academic study in and outside the discipline and study abroad, as well as preparation for service to the Christian Church. Emphasis is on developing communication skills, especially in writing, in all courses at all levels.

Among our goals is the inclusion of “(a) the search for an integration of knowledge, (b) a dialogue between faith and reason, (c) an ethical concern, and (d) a theological perspective” as we teach within the discipline (Pope John Paul II, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, 15). Furthermore, consistent with the Mission of Lewis University, and guided by its Catholic and Lasallian heritage, we attempt to provide to a diverse student population a liberal and professional education grounded in the interaction of knowledge and fidelity in the search for truth.

THEOLOGY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR AND MINOR

The major program studies the religious dimension of humanity in its historical and contemporary expressions while investigating theological questions in biblical, historical, systematic, and moral theology. The minor provides students majoring in other disciplines the opportunity to consider core theological questions and analyses. Students may choose to double major in Theology and another discipline. Those Education majors contemplating a teaching career in Catholic schools are especially encouraged to consider either the double major or a minor.

The program of Roman Catholic Studies is designed for all students who wish to deepen their knowledge of the rich heritage of Catholicism while reflecting on significant issues in American culture.

Students who are considering a career in lay, vowed or ordained ministry, as well as those with an education concentration, are invited to consider the major, minor or program of ministerial studies.

The advanced writing requirements of the General Education curriculum is satisfied for all majors through the successful completion of the Research in Theology course (19-431).