Department of Theology

Undergraduate Studies

Guided by the Jesuit commitment to serve faith and promote justice, our undergraduate program provides you with the foundational skills to interpret the Christian tradition and to engage in the ethical analysis of contemporary issues, while also giving you the flexibility to develop your own spiritual or religious interests.

-Dr. William Madges, Chair of the Department of Theology

 

 

Student Learning Outcomes for Theology Majors

Upon completion of the Theology Major, students ... 
  1. Will demonstrate competency in applying to Hebrew and Christian scriptures the critical methodology and interpretive strategies of contemporary biblical scholarship.
  2. Can accurately describe, from an ecumenical perspective, the development of the Christian tradition (doctrines, liturgical resources, and ethical principles) within specific contexts in the past and present.
  3. Drawing upon the Ignatian vision and Jesuit values, will articulate how different lived experiences shape both the way we conceive of God and the critical theological questions we ask.
  4. Can compare, contrast, and reflect on the contributions of world religions to issues of global responsibility.
  5. Will demonstrate competency in applying moral wisdom (as informed by Scripture, Tradition, reason, and human experience) to address ethical issues related to human dignity, justice, peace, and environmental sustainability.

In theology courses at Xavier, we make it a priority for students to find their voice, use it, and encourage others to do the same as they work for justice and peace in our world. Listen to Samantha Mossing, a Theology and English double major (Class of 2022), share what she learned during her time in El Salvador as part of her course, THEO 422 - Solidarity: Possibilities and Limits, in spring 2020.

Not sure what to expect from THEO 111? A few first year students talk about their experience, how it compared to their expectations, and how it has been a meaningful way for them to grow as people of compassion and critical thinking.