Theology

Chair or Program Director: 

J. Milburn Thompson, Ph.D., Chair
Alumni Hall 100, Phone 502.272.8178, jthompson@bellarmine.edu

Faculty: 

Gregory K. Hillis, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, Ph.D.; George A. Kilcourse, Ph.D.; Justin D. Klassen, Ph.D.; Deborah Prince, Ph.D.

As a Catholic university, Bellarmine takes faith seriously and considers the study of theology and religion essential for a truly liberal education. For this reason every student is required to take six credits in Theology—THEO 200 (Ultimate Questions), and one other upper level course. Students are, of course, encouraged to take more courses in theology. Courses in the Theology curriculum encourage students to reflect on the meaning of life, of religious faith, and of Christian living. While many of the courses in the curriculum are approached from the perspective of the Roman Catholic tradition, others take an ecumenical or interreligious approach.

A concentration (major or minor) in Theology provides a student with the opportunity for more extensive and intensive exploration of the religious and Christian experience. It is also an excellent focal point for the liberal arts and can serve as a preparation for graduate study in theology, ministry, religion, and related disciplines (philosophy, history, social sciences, law, etc.) or for work in the Church (education, ministry, etc.) or society. Thus the requirements for a major or a minor in Theology are designed to give a student an adequate foundation in the discipline and the flexibility to build a program to meet individual needs and goals.

Mission of the Theology Department

Theology is a constitutive element of a Catholic, liberal arts education at Bellarmine University. Christian theology offers the basis for the intrinsic value and dignity of each person and for the community of scholars and activists that Bellarmine fosters. The Catholic intellectual tradition is dedicated to seeking truth and to improving the human condition. Thus the Theology Department furthers the mission of Bellarmine University by introducing every student to Christian faith as a viable and intellectually respectable commitment, to the variety of religious experiences and traditions, and to morality and justice as integral to faith. A concentration in Theology allows students to explore more deeply the discipline of Theology.

Goals of the Theology Department

General Education Goals or Learning Outcomes
As a result of the two course requirement in Theology, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. a basic understanding of Christian faith as a viable and intellectually respectable commitment
  2. basic theological literacy and concepts
  3. familiarity with the variety of religious experiences and traditions
  4. how religious morality and justice are integrated with faith
  5. a more developed understanding of at least one area of the discipline of Theology.

Goals or Learning Outcomes for the Theology major
In addition, students who major in Theology will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A basic understanding of the major areas in the discipline of Theology–biblical studies, historical or comparative studies, systemic theology, and practical theology (ethics/spirituality)
  2. Satisfactory skills in critical thinking and communication
  3. The ability to reflect theologically.

Degree Requirements

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