Undergraduate Program (BA)

Theology

Embrace humanity's experience of God—including the Jesuit commitments to faith, peace, social justice and inter—religious dialogue—and discover how it's expressed through traditions, doctrines, and rituals around the world. Join a broad conversation and graduate with a deeper understanding of your own beliefs, as well as others.

Sample Four-Year Theology Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
ENGLISH 101: English Composition 3
Foreign Language I 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
First Year Seminar 3
CORE 101: GOA Co-Curriculum Program I 0
Second Semester Semester Hours
Historical Perspective 3
Foreign Language II 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
THEOLOGY 111: Theological Foundations 3
CORE 102: GOA Co-Curriculum Program II 0

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
THEOLOGY 209: Exploring Christian Past I 3
THEOLOGY 351: Intro to Hebrew Scriptures 3
PHILOSOPHY 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy 3
Mathematical Perspective 3
Creative Perspective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
THEOLOGY 210: Exploring Christian Past II 3
THEOLOGY 328: Intro to Christian Scriptures 3
Philosophical Perspective 3
Scientific Perspective 3
General Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
THEOLOGY 303: Christian Ethics 3
Theology Elective 3
ENGLISH 205: Literature and Moral Imagination 3
Natural Science Elective 3
Oral Communications Flag 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
THEOLOGY 290: Christian Doctrine Today 3
Non-Christian Religious Traditions Elective 3
Diversity Core Requirement Flag 3
Social Science Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
THEOLOGY 295: Senior Seminar 3
Theology Elective 3
E/RS Flag 3
Writing Intensive Flag 3
Quantitative Reasoning Flag 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Theology Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

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:

The Christian Tradition 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.

Christian Doctrine Today (THEO 290) - A study of contemporary systematic issues or figures.

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

100% of Xavier Theology graduates are employed, enrolled in a full-time graduate program or volunteering within 6 months of graduation.

100%

of Xavier Theology graduates are employed, enrolled in a full-time graduate program or volunteering within 6 months of graduation.

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change the world
CHANGE THE WORLD

Help shape the community by partnering with local organizations, like Pax Christi, Habitat for Humanity and St. Vincent de Paul. Or participate in service-learning opportunities in India, Nicaragua, Ghana and Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati.

gain experience
GAIN EXPERIENCE

Small class sizes allow you to ask the right questions and get the attention you need to succeed and learn. On top of that, we'll help develop your resume by connecting you with local mentors, community engagement opportunities and internships.

learn about yourself
LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF

Gain a basic understanding of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures and relate it, in a reflective and constructive way, to your life experiences and the challenges confronting today's world. Discuss and learn more about the world's diverse faiths and other socially significant issues in light of the Jesuit tradition.

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XAVIER GRADUATES ACROSS THE GLOBE

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OF SENIORS RATE THEIR EXPERIENCE AS GOOD OR EXCELLENT

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CAREERS AFTER GRADUATION

In addition to entering graduate and seminary schools, graduates of Xavier's Theology program have gone on to accept jobs as

  • Teachers
  • Religious teachers
  • Ministers
  • Writers
  • Medical administrators
  • Director of Volunteer Services
  • Youth Faith formation directors
  • University programming

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