Learning Outcomes

Theological Studies Learning Outcomes

Theology M.A. Learning Outcomes

Students will know the basic contours of:

  • Biblical Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Theological Ethics
  • Historical Theology
  • Comparative Theology
  • Theological Method

Students will be able to:

  • Perform biblical exegesis with attention to historical contexts, the history of interpretation, and contemporary theological developments
  • Engage in critical theological reflection on major systematic themes
  • Demonstrate a clear grasp of significant developments in the history of the church
  • Describe the work of seminal thinkers in the history of Christian ethics and analyze contemporary moral problems
  • Demonstrate familiarity with other (non-Christian) religious traditions
  • Recognize and employ various theological methods

Students will value:

  • Critical fidelity within the Roman Catholic tradition
  • Ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue
  • Creative tension between theological unity and diversity.

Pastoral Theology M.A. Learning Outcomes

Students will know the basic contours of:

  • Pastoral Theology
  • Critical approaches to Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology
  • Either Theological Ethics or Historical Theology
  • Theological Method

Students will be able to:

  • Assess pastoral situations from a critical stance
  • Reflect on ministerial practice in a pluralistic society
  • Engage in biblical exegesis with attention both to historical contexts and contemporary pastoral contexts
  • Reflect critically on the praxis of faith, particularly within the Roman Catholic context
  • Discuss the main contours of either church history or of theological ethics, especially as they relate to ministerial practice
  • Integrate theological vision, critical understanding, and a faith attentive to justice

Students will value:

  • The significance of ecclesial community for pastoral practice
  • An integrated formation of the person for pastoral ministry
  • A pluralistic approach to pastoral ministry