Bachelor of Arts
The theology program emphasizes our Roman Catholic and Franciscan heritage, but you'll find courses that challenge you to consider the essential questions of life’s meaning in light of your own faith and traditions.
Students who wish to major in theology may select one of four tracks:
Theological Foundations Track
Students whose career goals do not include teaching or graduate study, or who wish to combine a theology major with another major, may follow the Theological Foundations Track. This track will provide students with a solid foundation in Christian teachings that will inform both their other academic work and their future career choices.
Biblical Theology Track
Students who wish to concentrate on biblical studies may follow the Biblical Theology Track. This track will provide students with a solid foundation in understanding the ancient sacred texts of Judaism and Christianity, helping them develop the interpretive and analytical skills necessary for contemporary theological inquiry.
Theology Teacher Track
Students who wish to teach religion in Christian schools, including Catholic Schools, or work in parish catechetical programs may elect to follow the Theology Teacher Track. For students wishing to pursue a career teaching religion classes in Iowa, the Theology Teacher Track requires a major in theology and a major in K-12 education, including a semester of student teaching in K-12 religion classes. Although Iowa does not license religion teachers, the Diocese of Sioux City will issue a certificate verifying the student’s preparation for teaching. For students wishing to pursue a career teaching religions classes in Nebraska, the major requirements will meet Nebraska licensing requirements.
Theology Studies Track
The Theological Studies Track provides students with a strong academic foundation for work in service to the Church or for further study in seminary or graduate school.
Core Theology Courses
THEO 115 - Foundations of Christianity
This course will explore the essentials of Christian faith and practice, particularly as they are expressed in Roman Catholic Christianity. Students will be invited to reflect on the meaning of faith, the relevance of the message and mission of Jesus Christ for the contemporary world, and the role of personal spirituality in everyday life. Offered in spring for honors students. Read more »
THEO 116 - Church in the World
This course will explore the history of the Christian church beginning with the foundations described in the Gospels and the Book of Acts. Students will learn about the crises, personalities, and cultural contexts that shaped the Christian Church in ages past and brought about the current state of denominational plurality and doctrinal differences. Since THEO 203 - Protestant Churches considers the development of the Protestant Churches after the Reformation, this course gives special attention to the past few centuries of the Roman Catholic Church. Additionally, students will learn about the various ecumenical dialogues that have begun in the last several decades in an attempt to restore some of the unity of the early Christian Church. Spring offering for honors students Read more »
THEO 223 - Old Testament
This course is a study of the formation and composition of the Old Testament as an inspired record of the progressive revelation by God to Israel and the faith response of God's people, as well as preparation for the revelation of/in Christ. There is a special emphasis on basic theological themes and their applications to the lives of the people of God today. Read more »
THEO 224 - New Testament
A study of the formation and composition of the New Testament, and a survey reading of the New Testament literature exemplifying essential messages and themes and their implications for the lives of Christians today. Read more »
Additional Program Requirements
The Theological Foundations Track requires THEO 245 or 255, 325, 405, 491 and four THEO electives, two of which must be 300-level or higher.
The Biblical Theology Track requires THEO 480 and three of the following: THEO 361, 362, 363, 364; plus three elective courses from the 300-400 THEO level. It is strongly recommended that one elective be a biblical language course.
The Theology Teacher Track requires a major in K-12 education, icnluding a semester of student teaching in K-12 religion classes. Course requirements include THEO 245 or 255; 325, 405, 491, plus four elective THEO courses, three of which must be level 300 or above.
The Theology Studies Track requires THEO 245 or 255; 310, 325, 405, 491, PHIL 110, 220, 300 and 410, plus four elective THEO courses.