Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Courses in Theology

The Department offers a wide array of courses in Theology to meet the various interests and needs of students. For the most updated information about course offerings, please consult the University course catalog and BenULive course schedule, or contact the Department.


Stained glass at the VaticanTHEO 101 | Theology of Love

Examines the concept of "God is Love" in the systematic theology of the Trinity, the Sacramental theology of the Eucharist and Marriage, and the Moral theology of Catholic social ethics and Catholic sexual ethics. 3 semester credit hours. Religious Studies Core Elective.


THEO 102 | Theology of Justice

This course examines the idea of justice particularly in relation to the redeeming death of Christ and its implications for theology. It will survey the systematic theology of the Christology and the Atonement; the sacramental theology of the Eucharist, Reconciliation and Holy Orders, and the Moral Theology of Law, social justice and canon law. 3 semester credit hours. Religious Studies Core Elective.


THEO 103 | Theology of Freedom

This course examines the concept of freedom in human life and theology, particularly as it relates to the problem of evil, human action and creativity. It will survey the systematic theology of Creation, Salvation History and Eschatology, the study of the last things; the sacramental theology of Baptism, Confirmation and Reconciliation; The ecclesial theology of the laity, and the moral theology of human action and freedom of conscience. 3 semester credit hours. Religious Studies Core Elective.


THEO 104 | Faith and Science

This course examines the relationship of faith and reason and the theological underpinnings of Catholic thought and how it related to the secular understanding of science. It will survey the systematic theology of creation and the possibility of reason, the sacramental understanding of creation, the moral theology of ecology and the ecclesial theology of the autonomy of the secular disciplines. 3 semester credit hours. Religious Studies Core Elective. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms.


THEO 201 | Survey of the Hebrew Scriptures

Survey of the Hebrew Scriptures with emphasis on historical context and relation to Catholic systematic theology. 3 semester credit hours.


THEO 202 | New Testament

This course is an in-depth study of the New Testament, its origins, interpretation, and transmission to the modern world. 3 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required.


THEO 203 | Sacramental Theology

Study of the history, meaning, and theological significance of the sacraments in Catholic theology. 3 semester credit hours. Religious Studies Core Elective. Typically offered: Annually.


THEO 204 | Catholic Spirituality

Examines the historical and contemporary contexts of Catholic spirituality. 3 semester credit hours. Religious Studies Core Elective. Typically offered: Annually.


THEO 206 | Christian Ethics

Course examines historical and contemporary issues through Christian ethical analysis. Writing Intensive. 3 semester credit hours. Religious Studies Core Elective. Typically offered: Odd Years.


THEO 207 | Catholic Social Teaching

Course examines the history and contemporary application of Catholic social ethics. 3 semester credit hours.


THEO 208 | Sexual Ethics

Course examines Catholic theological, social and ethical teachings on cultural conceptions of sexual identities, and politics and procreation. 3 semester credit hours. Religious Studies Core Elective. Typically offered: Annually.


THEO 212 | Land, Justice and Peace

This course is a review of the theological and ethical issues underpinning the situation in Palestine and Israel and the impact religion, water, and land have on the search for peace. 3 semester credit hours. Religious Studies Core Elective. Typically offered: Spring Term. Department Consent Required.


THEO 220 | Mediterranean World

Covers content of HUMN 220 with emphasis on history of the Old Testament. 3 semester credit hours. Religious Studies Core Elective. Typically offered: Fall Term. Department Consent Required.


THEO 225 | Pilgrimage

This course will introduce students to the history, theology, and practice of pilgrimage in various religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. Students will not only study theological texts about pilgrimage, but they will also become familiar with some of the most famous pilgrimage destinations (Jerusalem, Mecca, Rome, Compostela, Guadalupe, Varanasi) and their associated practices. 3 semester credit hours. Religious Studies Core Elective. Typically offered: Spring Term.


THEO 230 | Baptism of Europe

Same content as HUMN 230 with emphasis on the foundation of the Catholic Church and New Testament history. 3 semester credit hours. Religious Studies Core Elective. Typically offered: Spring Term. Department Consent Required.


THEO 235 | Interreligious Dialogue

This course will introduce various theological approaches to interreligious dialogue, with a special focus on the Roman Catholic perspective. Students will not only study theological texts about interreligious dialogue written by Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Buddhists, but they will also become familiar with real-life encounters between adherents of the various world religions today. 3 semester credit hours. Religious Studies Core Elect.


THEO 252 | Business Ethics in the Context of Catholic Social Teaching

This course examines the standard issues of business ethics from three perspectives: the norms of Kantian Ethics, the utilitarian calculation of the good and the emphasis on the common good, solidarity and subsidiarity of Catholic Social Teaching. It will use case studies to demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of each of the three approaches to current business problems. 3 semester credit hours. Religious Studies Core Elective. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms.


THEO 270 | Benedictine Wisdom Tradition

This course will introduce students to the most prominent theologians of the Benedictine Order (and related monastic traditions) throughout history, from St. Benedict himself to medieval mystical theologians such as Bernard of Clairvaux and Hildegard of Bingen, to modern greats such as the Trappist Thomas Merton. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.


THEO 301 | Survey of the Hebrew Scriptures

Survey of the Hebrew Scriptures with emphasis on historical context and relation to Catholic systematic theology. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.


THEO 302 | New Testament Survey of Christianity

Eschatology and dogmatics from a catholic perspective. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.


THEO 303 | Sacramental Theology

Study of the history, meaning and theological significance of the sacraments in Catholic theology. 3 semester credit hours. Religious Studies Core Elective.


THEO 304 | Catholic Spirituality

Examines the historical and contemporary contexts of Catholic spirituality. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.


THEO 306 | Christian Ethics

Course examines historical and contemporary issues through Christian ethical analysis. 3 semester credit hours. Religious Studies and Writing Intensive Course. Typically offered: Annually.


StatueTHEO 307 | Catholic Social Teaching

Course examines the history and contemporary application of Catholic social ethics. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.


THEO 308 | Sexual Ethics

Course examines Catholic theological, social and ethical teachings on cultural conceptions of sexual identities, and politics and procreation. 3 semester credit hours. Religious Studies Core Elective. Typically offered: Even Years.


THEO 370 | Benedictine Wisdom Tradition

This course will introduce students to the most prominent theologians of the Benedictine Order (and related monastic traditions) throughout history, from St. Benedict himself to medieval mystical theologians such as Bernard of Clairvaux and Hildegard of Bingen, to modern greats such as the Trappist Thomas Merton. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.


THEO 391 | Advanced Topics

Advanced topic in Theology. 3 semester credit hours. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 3.


THEO 399 | Senior Seminar

Senior seminar which directs the research of the students to a topic relating theology and the secular discipline of their choice. The capstone project is a 20,000 word dissertation. 3 semester credit hours. Writing Intensive Course. Typically offered: Spring Term. Department Consent Required.