Theology Minor

A student may earn a minor in theology by completing a minimum of 30 units of theology related courses as outlined in this section. Students who wish to declare a minor in theology should complete the appropriate form with the Registrar’s Office.

A minor gives a student the ability pursue a competency outside of their degree program without having to fulfill all of the degree requirements of a double-major. For more information on the difference between minors, double majors, and double emphases, please click here.

Required Courses for THEOLOGY Minor (10 Courses)

  • THEO100 - Scripture I

    In this course the student explores the Scriptures, particularly the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) to understand the person of Jesus Christ. This Scripture course serves as the starting point for JPCatholic University’s religion curriculum. While examining some of the basic literary and historical issues relating to Scripture study, the course also introduces students to the theological principles of Catholic biblical exegesis. The course also explores ways the study of Scripture enhances the life of prayer.

  • THEO110 - The Intellectual Life and Virtue

    This class will examine the nature of university life by means of pursuing the good life of intellectual and moral virtue. It will examine what defines a virtuous intellectual life, with the underlying core of the class being the primacy of our relationship to Christ who is the Truth. The outcome will be that each student will gain both greater comprehension and facility in university study and the life of the mind.

  • THEO201 - Scripture II

    This course takes a closer look at the major figures and events of the Old Testament. After a discussion of the literary and historical issues relating to biblical study, students learn the basic structure of the story of salvation history, surveying the books of the Old Testament. Special attention is given to the way the Old Testament books relate to those in the New Testament. Students also focus on how Scripture study relates to the life of prayer.

  • THEO311 - Fundamentals of Catholicism

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that there is a three-fold dimension to the mystery of the Catholic faith: the Church believes it (Creed), celebrates it (Liturgy) and lives it (Morality, Prayer) (cf. no. 2558). This course begins a sequence of three courses (THEO311, THEO312, THEO313) that cover these aspects of the Catholic faith, offering students a comprehensive study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a document Saint John Paul II described as a “sure norm for teaching the faith”. After introducing students to the structure and features of the Catechism, this course focuses on its commentary on the Creed. Among other core Christian beliefs, this course examines the following: divine revelation and its sources, the role of faith, the nature and purpose of the Magisterium, the development of doctrine, monotheism, Trinitarian theology, the doctrine of creation, angels and demons, Christian anthropology and the effects of the fall, the Incarnation, Christ’s work of redemption, beliefs about Mary and the communion of saints, the nature and mission of the Church, and eschatology.

  • THEO312 - Sacraments, Liturgy & Prayer

    This course builds on THEO311 and offers students an in-depth study of the second and fourth pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, i.e., the sections dealing with the sacraments, liturgy, spirituality and prayer. The course examines the challenges of developing an interior life, focusing on the nature and difficulties of prayer. In addition, students analyze the Church’s liturgical life, with special emphasis on the seven sacraments. Alongside their reading of the Catechism, students also read the works of spiritual masters in the Church’s tradition as well as treatments on sacramental theology.

  • THEO313 - Moral Theology & Ethics

    Building on THEO311 and THEO312, this course rounds out the study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, offering an in-depth analysis of the third pillar, namely, the section on Catholic morality.

  • THEO400 - Catholic Social Teaching

    Building upon what had been discussed in THEO313, this course is a broad study of general Church teaching on social questions, with strong emphasis on the papal encyclicals and other Church documents. Special attention is paid to the principles of the dignity of the human person, the common good, solidarity, and subsidiarity. Major issues explored include the role of the State, poverty, war, structures of sin, the duties of employers and employees, and challenges to building a culture of life.

    Prerequisites: THEO100, THEO110, THEO201, THEO311, THEO312, THEO313

  • THEO401 - Marriage and Family

    This course introduces the student to the teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacramental understanding of marriage. It examines marriage from a biblical, historical, and doctrinal viewpoint. The course provides a

    Catholic understanding of human sexuality and the issues that arise in premarital and marital relationships. It contrasts the current societal norms with Catholic teaching. The implications of commitment and the realities of today’s external forces on marriage and the family are analyzed. Students will learn the significant implications of parenthood and the spiritual and financial duties of raising children.

    Prerequisites: THEO100, THEO110, THEO201, THEO311, THEO312, THEO313

  • Choose two additional Theology courses, no more than one of which can be a lower-division course

Note that all students are required to take 8 Theology courses as part of their General Education, so only two additional courses beyond that are necessary for a minor.

*Please note that course offerings and course descriptions are subject to change.

*Please see the University Catalog for the most up to date information.

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