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, 29 Sep 2016 18:00:00 -0700

    6:00 PM Film Screening & Refreshments

    7:00- 9:00 PM Lecture & Conversation

    You are invited to the annual Hispanic Ministry and Theology Lecture featuring Victor Carmona, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at Oblate School of Theology.

    Pre-Lecture Film: A Refugee's Welcome, by LMU student Antonio De Loera-Brust; refreshments will be served between showings of this short film.

    Annual Lecture
    Join us as we explore how the United States has historically determined where immigrants may come from and under what conditions—including undocumented status—and how Gustavo Gutierrez and Thomas Aquinas offer an understanding of love and friendship that shed light on the hard path that leads to just immigration reform.

    To Attend
    This lecture will be completely bilingual; simultaneous English/Spanish translation will be provided. Free and open to the public, RSVP is requested (click here). Campus parking fees will apply.

    About the Lecturer
    Dr. Victor Carmona is Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. Before attending Notre Dame, where he earned a Ph.D. in moral theology, Dr. Carmona served immigrants and urban communities with the Mexican Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He also taught at the Jesuit University in Tijuana, Mexico. His work on immigration has appeared in Blackwell's Companion to Latino/a Theology (2015), the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, and Liguorian magazine. He also writes in El Puente, a blog on the Patheos Catholic channel.

    About the Filmmaker
    Antonio De Loera is a first generation Mexican-American student at Loyola Marymount University, where he is a Senior Film Production Major and Chicana/o Studies Minor. Additionally, he is a De Colores leader and on the e-board of MEChA. Born in Upstate New York, he was raised in Minnesota and in Yolo County, California. Back home in Yolo County, he has been very involved in local politics working as advocate for migrant workers, as well as running the after-school program at the Madison Migrant Center for migrant children. A Refugee's Welcome was made in Greece and Germany in the fall of 2015 as Mr. De Loera's junior-level film thesis.

    About the LMU Latino/a Theology and Ministry Initiative
    The Initiative emerged from a need to assess and then respond to the large population of Hispanic Catholics in the United States and is a joint project of the Department of Theological Studies and the Center for Religion and Spirituality. As a Catholic university in the largest Catholic archdiocese in the country, LMU is uniquely situated to gather data and marshal resources that will aid in preparing Latino/a Catholics for leadership and service in the Church. As the Hispanic Catholic population continues to grow, LMU seeks to grow in the capacity to truly serve this important community in the Body of Christ. Learn more at

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  • Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:00:00 -0700

    Join us to celebrate Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), winner of the 2016 Doshi Family Bridgebuilder Award at Loyola Marymount University. The first Hindu member of Congress, and first American Samoan in Congress, Rep. Gabbard is a bridgebuilder across faiths, cultures, and generations.

    Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 2 p.m.
    Life Sciences Building Auditorium
    Loyola Marymount University

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    About the Award

    The Doshi Family Bridgebuilder Award, named for its benefactors, Navin and Pratima Doshi, is given annually to honor an individual or organization dedicated to fostering understanding between cultures, peoples and disciplines.

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Watch the video of the 2016 Mary Milligan Endowed Lecture in Spirituality, featuring Dr. M. Shawn Copeland.