Chaired by Christopher Cimorelli, Ph.D.
Students at Caldwell University are delighted that their classes in Theology and Philosophy connect to their studies and interests in history, law, medicine, health care, communications and more. In this video, professors in the department share how the vibrant disciplines of Theology and Philosophy can be integrated into other academic fields and impact students’ lives favorably and richly.Within Caldwell university’s purpose to advance higher education within a Catholic framework, the Department of Theology and Philosophy serves a vital role. We contribute to this purpose through instruction in the principles of philosophy and Catholic theology. We are motivated by a desire to instill high ideals of character and conduct, develop religious fervor, social skills, and intellectual abilities that are becoming of a cultured citizen. Our mission is to gift our students with Sapientia et Scientia.
The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology, and minors in both theology and philosophy.
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MAJORS & MINORS
B.A. in Theology
The department offers a B.A. in Theology, minors in theology, philosophy, faith in action and a certificate in theology.
Requirements for Core Curriculum
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 theology courses and PH 102 serves as a prerequisite for all other philosophy courses.
(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.
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.
A Catholic Liberal Arts Education
At the core of a Caldwell education is our liberal arts curriculum, designed to guide students to critical thinking skills, appreciate diverse cultures, and acquire a moral and civic awareness.
Students develop the whole self as they absorb learning through our liberal arts core: the humanities; the physical and biological sciences, and mathematics; and the social sciences.