Theology and Philosophy
Chaired by James Flynn, Ph.D.
The department of Theology and Philosophy offers a B.A. in Theology, minors in theology, philosophy, faith in action and a certificate in theology.
(For Students Entering Before Summer 2011) 9 – 15 CREDITS
Students, unless exempted by the department, must complete three courses in theology: TH 101 God and the Human Condition, one 200-level course and one 300-level course. Students must also complete two courses in philosophy: PH 102 Introduction to Philosophy and a second elective course (these courses must be taken in sequence). In addition, students who choose to waive core curriculum credits in this discipline may waive their second philosophy course and/or their 300-level theology course. The 200-level theology course must still be taken as a prerequisite for the 300-level course, unless exempted by the department chairperson for exceptional circumstances.
For students entering Caldwell University summer 2011 or later, 3 credits in philosophy and 3 credits in theology must be taken, with additional offerings available for meeting enriched core requirements. For the required credits, students must take PH 102 and TH 102. For these students, TH 102 serves as a prerequisite for all 200- and 300-level theology courses.
DEGREE: Bachelor of Arts
- Liberal Arts Core – 46 credits
- Theology – 39 credits
- Open Electives – 35 credits
- Total – 120 credits
Students Who Major in Theology Must Complete:
- TH 101 God and the Human Condition or for students entering summer 2011 or later, TH 102 Introduction to Christian Theology
- TH 201 Christian Responsibility OR TH 209 Christian Social Conscience
- TH 316 History of Christian Thought
- TH 318 Old Testament OR TH 319 New Testament
- TH 334 Christology
- TH 495 Theology Capstone
and seven additional courses after consultation with the department chairperson. It is suggested that students with a major in theology choose a minor in sociology, psychology or philosophy.
Minor in Faith And Action
Students accepted into the C-Life (Cougars Learning in Faith and Experience) Living Learning community program are invited to consider a minor in faith and action. (There is also a non-minor option for the C-Life program.) Non-academic information about the C-Life program can be found in a separate section of the Catalog.
Those minoring in this program are required fall of their freshman year to take a designated 200-level theology course with other C-Life students. C-Life students are encouraged, but not required, to take TH 102 congruent with this required 200-level course. (Only C-Life students make take TH 102 out of sequence.) In the fall of their sophomore year and senior years, minors will take designated courses (two total) from TH 303, 316, 334, 312, 317, 371, 308 and 328. During the fall of their junior year, minors will take a designated sociology course from SO 210 and 231. For spring semesters each year, freshmen and sophomores will participate in service projects sponsored by Campus Ministry, followed by field internships approved by the theology and/or sociology departments in the spring of junior and seniors years. Each internship consists of 120 hours of service over the course of the semester at approved internship sites. Internships are developed in consultation with the student through the guidance of the Career Planning and Development Office and a faculty advisor.
For those students accepted into the C-Life program who do not wish to minor in faith and action, only the designated 200-level TH course, and one of the designated 300-level theology courses, must be taken in fall of the freshman and sophomore years. Non-minor students will also participate in the service projects spring of the freshman and sophomore years. In both the fall and spring of their junior and senior years, non-minors will complete an approved non-credit experiential learning project in place of the field internships.
STATEMENT OF OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT
In addition to the 39 credits for the theology major, students declaring a theology major during or after summer 2011 are required to take a theology capstone course, TH 495. Students declaring a major prior to summer 2011 have the option to fulfill their outcomes assessment with either TH 495, or an alternative process to be determined in consultation with the department chairperson. Outcomes assessments are required for all majors. The TH 495 capstone course reviews material from each of the four major assessment areas (Scripture, moral theology, Christology, and Church History). In each area, the student will concentrate on material corresponding to their coursework used to meet their requirement. For example, moral theology will focus on either TH 201 or TH 209.