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, 05 May 2016 17:00:00 -0700

    The Bioethics Institute and Department of Theological Studies invite students, staff, faculty, and administrators to discuss James Keenan’s University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics in light of our own University’s mission, identity, and labor practices. A Reading Group will meet every-other Thursday of the spring term, from February 25 through May 5th, 5-7 pm, in William Hannon Library room 324. All members of the LMU community – without exception – are encouraged to participate. A limited number of free books will be available, and refreshments will be provided, thanks to sponsorship from the Catholic Studies program, CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice, and Students for Labor and Economic Justice (SLEJ). For more information, contact or, or visit

    Child care accommodations available upon request.

    Purchase your copy of University Ethics here.

    Join the group at any time!

    Download full list of weekly readings here.


    Thursday, April 7th, 5-7PM, WHH 324
    Ch. 6: Cheating (16pp)
    Ch. 7: Undergraduates behaving badly (28pp)

    Thursday, April 21st, 5-7PM, WHH 324
    Ch. 8: Gender (24pp)
    Ch. 9: Diversity and race (24pp)

    Thursday, May 5th, 5-7PM, WHH 324
    Ch. 10: Commodification (28pp)
    Ch. 11: A conclusion: class, athletics, and other university matters (18pp)

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