Prospective Undergraduate Students

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Theology and Culture

Our programs explore the inter­­sec­tions of Catholic theology, re­ligion, and culture(s). In every­thing, we draw upon the rich le­ga­cy of St. Augus­tine’s pas­­sio­na­te pur­suit of truth, a purposeful en­­dea­vor that evokes the union of mind and heart, links faith with rational reflec­tion and, in dia­lo­gue with culture(s) and other re­li­gious tra­di­tions, builds unity in the midst of diversity.

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Diversity and Integration

Theological and religious studies as conceived, studied, and ad­vanced at Villanova are inter­dis­ciplinary and inte­gra­tive. Students pursue their objectives from diverse theological and religious perspectives, place them in dialogue with each other, and integrate religious and theological knowledge with experience and other forms of knowing.

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Preparing for a Career

Our programs prepare you for graduate studies and for careers in humanitarian, phil­an­thro­pic or other non-profit, chari­table organizations; and in religious organizations as campus, youth or parish minister, educator, catechist, retreat wor­ker, ad­ministrator, coun­selor, spi­ri­tual direc­tor or in one of the many other positions such organizations offer.

Undergraduate Programs in Theology and Religion

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VU is a leader in TRS education. Our programs assure vibrant, high-quality learning for the third millennium. Whereas each curriculum develops distinctive skills, all are inspired by the Catholic intellectual and the Augustinian traditions.

The Primary Mayor The Secondary Major
The Minor The Bachelor/Master Program

Undergraduate Program (Major) Learning Goals

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Goal 1

Gain an understanding of the purposes, central issues, and methods of inquiry standard in theological and religious studies as applied to faith engaging culture.

Objective A

Analyze fundamental issues that frame theological and religious inquiry using appropriate scholarly methods, with attention to diversity and inclusion within the issues.

Objective B

Use critical methods to read, analyze, and interpret diverse religious and theological texts (e.g., women, minorities, non-western) and related genres or media, art, and artifacts (e.g., prayer, mystical writings, autobiographies, film, music).

Goal 2

Engage Christianity, with attention to Roman Catholicism, as a living tradition of practices and beliefs that continues to be refined, developed, and extended through time in diverse cultural contexts.

Objective A

Demonstrate understanding of the unique vocabulary, foundational sources, theological beliefs, historical developments, and diverse thinkers in the Christian tradition, with attention to those that reflect on the experiences of power, privilege, and marginalization.

Objective B

Articulate how Christian practices and beliefs reciprocally interact with diverse cultural contexts, local and global.

Goal 3

Render theological concepts and religious practices and beliefs intelligible, meaningful, and relevant in contemporary cultural contexts as a basis for transformative action in the world, in dialogue with others.

Objective A

Recognize the complexity and diversity of religious practices and beliefs and seek to understand people whose values and senses of the sacred differ from their own.

Objective B

Evaluate the relevance of theology/religion for personal, communal, societal, and global living.

Revised 05/05/2017