Theological Studies

Grounded in the Roman Catholic tradition, the Department of Theological Studies invites students to analyze questions of faith, the divine, and ultimate meaning in the context of religious thought and practice. Through intellectually rigorous exploration of the full range of possibilities and ambiguities of faith, students of Theological Studies come to appreciate both the intrinsic value of religious inquiry and the role of religion in building a more just world. The Department offers several degree programs: an undergraduate major in Theology, an undergraduate minor in Theology, and two Master of Arts degrees (Theology and Pastoral Theology). The MA in Pastoral Theology program includes an additional ministry and counseling emphasis in addition to foundational courses in theology.


  • Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:00:00 -0800

    The Charles S. Casassa Chair for Catholic Social Values, Professor Brian Treanor, Ph.D., invites you the annual Charles S. Casassa Lecture featuring the Most Reverened Robert E. Barron, Episcopal Vicar of the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region in Los Angeles and founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. Cosponsored by the LMU Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination, with support from the Office of Mission and Ministry, and the Catholic Studies Program. A reception will follow.

    To Attend
    This lecture is free and open to the public; RSVP requested (click here). Campus parking fees will apply.

    Contact the Academy for Catholic Thought and Imagination at (310) 338-7759, or email

    About Bishop Barron
    The Most Reverend Robert E. Barron, S.T.D. is the Episcopal Vicar of the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region, one of the five Pastoral Regions in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was appointed Titular Bishop of Macriana of Mauritania and Auxiliary Bishop in 2015. Bishop Barron received a M.A. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in 1982 and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1992. He is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and the host of Catholicism, an awardwinning documentary about the Catholic faith, which aired on PBS. An Amazon bestselling author, Bishop Barron has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He has also appeared on several media outlets including NBC, PBS, FOX News, CNN, and EWTN. Bishop Barron's website,, reaches millions of people each year. Next to Pope Francis, he is the most-followed Catholic leader on social media. His regular YouTube videos have been viewed over 18 million times. Bishop Barron's pioneering work in evangelizing through the new media led Francis Cardinal George to describe him as “one of the Church's best messengers."

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