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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.


  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:00:00 -0800

    The Los Angeles Hindu-Catholic Dialogue invites you to their annual forum featuring renown theologian Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity and professor of Comparative Theology at Harvard Divinity School. The forum is funded by the Martin Gang Institute and cosponsored by the LMU Department of Theological Studies.

    To Attend
    This event is free and open to the public; campus parking fees may apply.

    Please contact Dr. Tracy Tiemeier at (310) 568-6234 or

    About the Rev. Clooney
    Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Ph.D. is Parkman Professor of Divinity and professor of Comparative Theology at Harvard Divinity School, and the author of numerous articles and books, including Comparative Theology: Deep Learning across Religious Borders (2010), His Hiding Place Is Darkness: A Hindu-Catholic Theopoetics of Divine Absence (2013), and The Future of Hindu-Christian Studies: A Theological Inquiry (2017). From 2010 to 2017, he was director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard.

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  • Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:30:00 -0700

    Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and any members of the public are all invited to the 2017-2018 series of Faculty Pub Night at the William H. Hannon Library. Eight LMU professors (four per semester) are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project in a comfortable setting and format that welcomes diverse perspectives for an inclusive conversation aimed to educate the entire community.

    The seventh Faculty Pub Night of the 2017-2018 season features Amir Hussain, Professor of Theological Studies at LMU's Bellarmine School of Liberal Arts. Hussain will discuss his recent publication, Muslims and the Making of America.

    Please RSVP for this event.

    About the Author's Work: “There has never been an America without Muslims” — so begins Amir Hussain, one of the most important scholars and teachers of Islam in America. Hussain, who is himself an American Muslim, contends that Muslims played an essential role in the creation and cultivation of the United States.

    Memories of 9/11 and the rise of global terrorism fuel concerns about American Muslims. The fear of American Muslims in part stems from the stereotype that all followers of Islam are violent extremists who want to overturn the American way of life. Inherent to this stereotype is the popular misconception that Islam is a new religion to America.

    In Muslims and the Making of America Hussain directly addresses both of these stereotypes. Far from undermining America, Islam and American Muslims have been, and continue to be, important threads in the fabric of American life. Hussain chronicles the history of Islam in America to underscore the valuable cultural influence of Muslims on American life. He then rivets attention on music, sports, and culture as key areas in which Muslims have shaped and transformed American identity. America, Hussain concludes, would not exist as it does today without the essential contributions made by its Muslim citizens.

    About the Author: Amir Hussain is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, where he teaches courses on world religions. His own particular speciality is the study of Islam, focusing on contemporary Muslim societies in North America. From 2011 to 2015, Amir was the editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the premier scholarly journal for the study of religion.

    He is an advisor for the television series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman. In 2008, he was appointed a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. In both 2008 and 2009, Amir was chosen by vote of LMU students as the Professor of the Year. His most recent book is Muslims and the Making of America, published in 2016 by Baylor University Press.

    About Faculty Pub Night: All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public. Pub refreshments and snacks will be served courtesy of the William H. Hannon Library. For more information or ADA accommodations, please contact Ray Andrade, Programming Librarian, at (310) 258-4648 or

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