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Theology at Duquesne University

Why Major or Minor in Theology at Duquesne University?

Most students major or minor in theology because they find religious and theological questions fascinating and hope to discover more about how religion fits into their lives. Almost all seek to know more about the Christian tradition and its influence. Many plan to do graduate work in theology or religious studies in anticipation of teaching careers in high school, church-sponsored catechetical programs, or college. Theology also makes for a great second major and offers many educational benefits and career advantages, including:

• Provides a complement to other humanities and professional fields. 
• Helps develop the ability to communicate and think critically about religious beliefs and values.
• Contributes to a balanced intellectual background, including study of the importance of religion for individual and public life and the impact of theology on human society, past and present.
• Helps students develop religious literacy for navigating the contours of contemporary life.

So, whether you are looking to prepare for a graduate program in theological studies or a career in ministry, or just want to learn more about your faith tradition--stop by the 6th floor of Fisher Hall or email us to see if our program is the right fit for you!

The Theology Major
Theology Major 

Students majoring in theology are preparing to be moral, spiritual, and intellectual leaders in the community. Come and join the conversation! Our degree program requires students obtain a minimum of 30 credits in theology. Learn more about our degree program

Theology Major

The Theology Minor
Theology Minor 

Students minoring in theology are required to obtain a minimum of 15 theology credits. Three of those credits can be from a university core theology class. The remaining theology credits (4 classes) must be from 200-level or above courses.

For additional information or advising, please contact Elisabeth T. Vasko.

Theology Minor

Current Course Offerings

Course Offerings in Theology

Theology faculty members teach a variety of courses that range from broad surveys to in-depth topical seminars.

Complete List of 2016 Summer Course Offerings

•Complete List of 2016 Fall Course Offerings

FALL 2016 Upper Level Course Offerings:

THEO 201/WSG 202/AFST 202 Women and Christianity
MWF 11:00
Elisabeth T. Vasko, Ph.D.

The goal of this course is to expand our worldview by considering the lives of women in diverse religious communities and to think constructively and creatively about visions and strategies that promote the flourishing of women and all persons. Through this requirement students are assisted in learning how to be informed global citizens and challenged to take responsibility for promoting human dignity. Emphasis will be placed on multicultural perspectives in light of issues and themes that engage feminist theologians, womanist theologians, and scholars from the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. Some of the topics that will be discussed include: sexual violence, racism, poverty and health, ways of imaging the divine and participating in religious rituals, interpretive and communal authority, and power structures. Theme Area: Social Justice Theme Area

THEO 217: The Bible & Mystical Experience ***NEW***
TR 1:40 - 2:55
Bogdan Bucur, Ph.D.

"Biblical literacy"-one of the benchmarks of a well-rounded education in the Humanities-does not only designate a working knowledge of who-what-when in the Bible, but also encompasses a reflection on the history of biblical interpretation; and a significant aspect of the way in which Jewish and Christian sacred texts have been received and used along the centuries is the inextricable link between biblical interpretation and various claims to mystical experience. Such claims were crucial have played a crucial role in the construction and confirmation of individual and communal identity-specifically the identity of biblical Israel and the identity. of those who see themselves as legitimate heirs of biblical Israel: Jews and Christians.The course will revolve around the theme of "theophany" (or, manifestation of God), with a special interest in the implicit and explicit depictions of the divine in the Bible. Students will become familiar with a number of "key" biblical texts exemplifying what scholarship calls "sacred mountain ideology" (Genesis 2-3; Exodus 3, 19, 24, 32; Isaiah 6; Ezekiel 1), and study the reception history of these texts in early Christianity. The texts will be divided thematically (Eden, Sinai, Zion, Tabor), and the course will place special emphasis on the way in which these texts were used to articulate early Christian claims to mystical experience. We will examine the texts themselves, in their historical, social, and religious contexts, but pay special attention to the ways in which biblical texts were reread and reinterpreted along the centuries, and to the stated and unstated.  Theme Area: Faith and Reason.

THEO 232: Faith and Atheism
10:00-10:50 MWF; 1:00-1:50 MWF
Marie Baird, Ph.D.

An examination of the claims which atheists make against faith and the response made by believers to these arguments. Theme Area Faith and Reason.

THEO 248C: Religion and Ecology
MWF 10:00-10:50
Daniel Scheid, Ph.D.

A study of the relation of the human to the rest of the earth community and the role religion has played in defining it. This course is a part of the Natura Learning Community. Theme Area: Social Justice and Faith and Reason.

THEO 264/AFST 264: Religion & Global Conflict *** NEW ***
TR 12:15-1:30PM
Anna Floerke Scheid, Ph.D.

This course offers a foundation in religious ethics related to conflict and its resolution. It explores the ways that religion can be a motivating force for both violence and peacebuilding. The course will examine the teachings of Christianity and Islam on the moral questions surrounding warfare, and it addresses major religions as well as indigenous traditional religious practices on post-conflict reconciliation, peacebuilding and conflict resolution. The class will look at present and past conflicts that involve Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, the Philippians, and India, as well as the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Meets Social Justice and Faith & Reason Theme Area

THEO 280: Faith and Reason
Sections: MWF 11:00-11:50 (STAFF)
MWF 1:00-1:50 (STAFF)
TR 3:05-4:20 (STAFF)
TR 6:00-8:40PM (STAFF)
CAL Term 1 (Maureen O'Brien, Ph.D.)
CAL Term 1 (Elizabeth Cochran, Ph.D.)
CAL Term 2 (STAFF)

How the Divine is sensed and responded to in various geographical, cultural, and chronological contexts. Theme Area: Faith and Reason.

THEO 283: Judaism, Christianity and Islam
CAL Term 1 (STAFF)

A study of the beliefs and practices of these three monotheistic religions: the distinct character of each, the varieties within each religion, and the continuities and the differences among all three. Theme Area: Global Diversity.

THEO 301: Marriage
TR 10:50-12:05
George Worgul, Ph.D.

We will look at interpersonal relationships and marriage from a sociological, cultural and theological perspective. Hooking up, cohabitation, divorced, sexual behavior, gay marriage etc. will be discussed.

THEO 313: Archeology of the Bible (x-listed with Classics)
TR 3:05-4:20
James Platt, Ph.D.

An illumination through archaeology of the historical setting, the cultural background, and the events described in the Bible; a general introduction to the techniques of archaeological investigation and a study of the principal archaeological sites in Palestin.

Declaring Theology as Major/Minor

How do I declare a Theology major or minor?

All students must officially declare their major or minor in Theology by completing a Major and Minor declaration Form. Majors and minors may be declared at the same time on the same form. After completing the form, students should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss their course schedules.

1. Log in to DORI.
2. In the upper right corner, click on INDEX.
3. Select ACADEMICS>>>SCHOOLS>>>LIBERAL ARTS
4. Under BACHELOR'S PROGRAMS in the center of the page, click on RESOURCES FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS.
5. Select MAJOR/MINOR DECLARATION FORM.
6. Just fill out the online form and you're done!

Research Opportunities

At Duquesne University there are a number of opportunities for undergraduate students to pursue research and scholarship. We strongly encourage theology majors and minors who desire pursuing graduate studies to participate in undergraduate research with the support of our internationally and nationally recognized faculty scholars.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities for Theology Majors and Minors