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Theology & Religious Studies Mission

The theology and religious studies discipline is a community of scholars who teach by word and example. We believe pursuing religious and theological questions – questions about ultimate meaning, God, and how we relate to God, one another, and the created world – is essential to a good and meaningful life. We do this primarily by drawing on the resources of the rich and dynamic Catholic intellectual traditions. As taught by the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic tradition develops over time through study, contemplation and engagement with the world.

We believe sustained conversation with other academic disciplines and a variety of religious traditions is essential to the study of theology and religion. Inspired by the Norbertine value of radical hospitality, we advocate for the inclusion of many persons, voices and perspectives, especially those historically marginalized for any reason.  

As theology and religious studies majors and minors, students will:
  • Understand the core concepts of the discipline: revelation, reason, faith, ritual, ethics, authority, tradition, mystery and interpretation.
  • Situate themselves in historical, global and social contexts in order to take responsibility for how they think and act in the world.
  • Identify and apply theoretical principles of scholarship in the theology and religious studies.
  • Develop reading skills of primary and secondary texts (e.g. scripture, books, films, artwork, architecture, etc.).
  • Develop writing skills to think carefully and clearly, and the ability to articulate ideas and meaning coherently.
  • Become competent in active, verbal exchange and public conversation about questions of ultimate meaning and value.
  • Reflect on community engagement as it connects to vocation and coursework. 
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