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
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.