Theology

Program Features

The theology program, rooted in the Jesuit commitments to faith and social justice, provides students the opportunity to explore humanity's experience of the Divine and how it is expressed through doctrines, rituals and moral practices around the world. Theology majors are invited into an interreligious conversation and they graduate with a deeper understanding of their own beliefs, as well as others.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Theology major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • ENGLISH 101: English Composition............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language I ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • First Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101: GOA Co-Curriculum Program I ............ 0cr.

Spring

  • Historical Perspective ............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language II ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • THEOLOGY 111: Theological Foundations ............ 3cr.
  • CORE 102: GOA Co-Curriculum Program II ............ 0cr.

Fall

  • THEOLOGY 209: Exploring Christian Past I ............ 3cr.
  • THEOLOGY 351: Intro to Hebrew Scriptures ............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy ............ 3cr.
  • Mathematical Perspective ............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspective ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • THEOLOGY 210: Exploring Christian Past II ............ 3cr.
  • THEOLOGY 328: Intro to Christian Scriptures ............ 3cr.
  • Philosophical Perspective ............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perspective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.

Fall

  • THEOLOGY 303: Christian Ethics ............ 3cr.
  • Theology Elective ............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 205: Literature and Moral Imagination ............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective ............ 3cr.
  • Oral Communications Flag ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • THEOLOGY 290: Christian Doctrine Today ............ 3cr.
  • Non-Christian Religious Traditions Elective ............ 3cr.
  • Diversity Core Requirement Flag ............ 3cr.
  • Social Science Elective ............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective ............ 3cr.

Fall

  • THEOLOGY 295: Senior Seminar ............ 3cr.
  • Theology Elective ............ 3cr.
  • E/RS Flag ............ 3cr.
  • Writing Intensive Flag ............ 3cr.
  • Quantitative Reasoning Flag ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Theology Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Theology major at Xavier:

Exploring the Christian Past I  (THEO 209) - Examines major theological themes of the Christian Tradition from its beginnings until the 15th Century. Blends theological analysis with intellectual and social history.

Intro to Christian Scriptures (THEO 328) - An introduction to the literature of the New Testament, its interpretation, and theological import. The student will acquire tools for the critical analysis of Scripture as well as explore the Christian Bible's historical, sociological, and cultural contexts.

Map to Theological Diversity (THEO 295) - Examination of the public role and significance of theology in society and church, with special attention to different methodologies. Aims to help the student synthetically articulate and critically defend their own vision of a theology and spirituality responsive to the signs of the times of the new century.

Christian Ethics (THEO 303) - Introduction to the methods and central questions of Christian ethics.

Clubs

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Outcomes

97% of students in Xavier's college of Arts and Science programs, including theology, are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

Top Jobs: Teacher, religious education coordinator, youth and young adult minister, pastoral associate, development coordinator, community organizer, religion feature writer.  Can also prepare students for graduate studies or for the priesthood or religious life.

Top Companies: Archdiocese of Cincinnati, City of Cincinnati, Habitat for Humanity, Jesuit Spiritual Center, Monroe United Methodist Church, Ohio Organizing Collective, Family Missions Company (Louisiana), Trinity Episcopal Church

Top Graduate Schools for Doctorate Degrees:  Union Theological Seminary (NY), University of Dayton, Wake Forest University

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Our Ignatian Approach

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Theology Major at Xavier University

The Theology Major at Xavier University is a 120-credit hour program that offers students a rich academic and engaged atmosphere in the Ignatian tradition, where they pursue personal enrichment and the grounding for a variety of Christian vocations, career options, or future doctoral work. 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. Rigorous classes presented in a variety of formats (online, evening, weekends, condensed eight-week) allow students to explore theology and topics of social justice, Biblical Studies, Spirituality, World Religions, and Youth/Campus Ministry.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."