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Theo. Logos. Searching for God in the midst of our lives. What could be more important? Whether you are interested in ministry at the school or parish level, or simply want to bring a faith dimension to your career in health, business or communications, we have a program for you!

At Holy Cross College, our hope is that all of our Theology students learn to embody Holy Cross charisms: by cultivating a spirit of hospitality guided by God’s reconciling call to communion and solidarity, and by demonstrating a passion for justice and commitment to service in the classroom and in the wider community.

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Program Focus


Deptment of THEOLOGY with Bishop RhoadesWith a degree in theology, you will have many career paths to choose from such as teaching, social work, healthcare, working with youth, the poor the elderly and other forms of ministry. Most importantly, theology majors strive to become competent leaders who are ready to live out their Baptismal promises guided by Gospel values.

Theology at Holy Cross provides three distinct tracks for the students to focus on their area of passion: media, ministry and teaching. The core of the program focuses on the classical theological method rooted in scripture, tradition, and church teaching. Each track also has an experiential component, so students will be able to do practical work in media, in parishes or in Catholic schools. The theology courses offered at Holy Cross are arranged according to a format that reflects intellectual development from basics to a more specialized subject matter.

Major Requirements


Complete Theology Major Requirements

Sample of Classes Required In Major

Required Courses Must take all of the following: Credits
THEO 341 The Church: Communion in Mission and Ministry 3
THEO 351 Justice, Peace and the Gospel of Life 3
THEO 361 The New Evangelization: Media and Markets 3
THEO 494 Senior Thesis Seminar 3
Must take 1 course from each of these areas:
Biblical Theology (THEO 310s/410s) 3
Historical Theology (THEO 320s/420s) 3
Systematic Theology (THEO 340s/440s) 3
Moral Theology (THEO 350s/450s) 3
Spirituality (THEO 370s/470s) 3
Philosophy (PHL beyond the core requirement)
Total required for major 30
To add a specialized track to transcript, complete field experience in:
THEO 394A Field Experience–Ministry and Catechesis
THEO 394B Field Experience–Justice, Peace and the Gospel of Life
THEO 394C Field Experience–The New Evangelization: Media and Markets

Must also take 57 core curriculum credits.
Must also take 33 open elective credits.

Minor Requirements


Complete Theology Minor Requirements

Sample of Classes Required In Minor

Required Courses Must take all of the following: Credits
THEO 140 Creation, Covenant and Christ 3
THEO 240 Christ, Church and Culture 3
Must take 12 credits in any of the following areas:
Biblical Theology (THEO 310s/410s) 3
Historical Theology (THEO 320s/420s) 3
Systematic Theology (THEO 340s/440s) 3
Moral Theology (THEO 350s/450s) 3
Spirituality (THEO 370s/470s) 3
Philosophy (PHL beyond the core requirement)
Total required for minor 18

To add a specialized track to transcript:

Complete this class: Plus this field experience:
THEO 341 The Church THEO 394A Field Experience–Ministry and Catechesis
THEO 351 Justice, Peace, Gospel of Life THEO 394B Field Experience–Justice, Peace and the Gospel of Life
THEO 361 The New Evangelization THEO 394C Field Experience–The New Evangelization: Media and Markets

Faculty


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Michael Griffin, Ph.D
Chair, Department of Theology
Director, Service Learning

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Louis Albarran, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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Dianne Barlas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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Miguel Romero, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

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Andrew Polaniecki
Director, Campus Ministry
Adjunct Professor

Edward Gareau

Fr. Michael Sullivan

Rome Trip


Each year Father Sullivan leads a group of students to Rome and the Vatican to experience the birth place of Western Culture and the center of the Catholic Church. The focus of the excursion to Rome will be on-site visits to some of the most important and interesting historical, artistic and religious monuments of one of Europe’s most important and beautiful cities as well as a day trip to the Medieval town of Assisi where St. Francis was born, lived, died and is buried.

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10 Reasons to take Art, History, Theology 250: Rome Through The Ages

  1. Three-credit course offered every spring semester.
  2. Multi-disciplinary: can be taken for credit in Art, History or Theology.
  3. Classroom sessions include 2 pre-trip classes + 1 post trip class.
  4. Main focus = on-site all day experience: Rome and Assisi during Spring break depart Friday (Swiss Air) March 4 and return Saturday March 12.
  5. Hotel accommodations in heart and center of Rome: 10 minutes by foot to St. Peter’s in one direction and to Roman Forum in the other direction.
  6. All day guided excursions to Rome’s most famous, historic and beautiful sites and monuments.
  7. Includes visit to St. Peter’s square for prayer with Pope Francis and papal blessing and day trip by train to Assisi, home of St. Francis.
  8. Course ends with completion of trip at mid-semester.
  9. Unique academic and cultural experience in Europe’s most beautiful and historically important city.
  10. Memories (and pictures) for life!

For more details regarding the class and/or trip, visit Rome Through the Ages.

Career Paths


Consider these Holy Cross graduates who are using their theology major/minor in exciting ways:

Amber Weaver, Class of 2013Amber Weaver theology
Parish Minister, Diocese of Camden, New Jersey
“Theology at Holy Cross educates the mind, but certainly not at the expense of the heart. My theology studies at Holy Cross not only greatly increased my academic understanding and ability to do theology, but also enriched my life of faith.”


Ryan Ayala, Class of 2013
Youth Minister, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Goodyear, Arizona
“Theology is explored at Holy Cross  through a rigorous study rooted in our Catholic and Holy Cross tradition. I see the practical importance of theology in my life because it has allowed me to have the foundational skills necessary for service to the world and the Church.”


Claire Doriot, Class of 2015Claire Doriot  theology
Business and Theology double major
“As someone with majors in business and theology, I want to use my knowledge in theology to help promote a form of business that is centered around Christ as well as the promotion of the common good.”
 


Clare Shear, Class of 2014Clare Shear theology
Staff Member, Maggie’s Place (crisis pregnancy outreach)
“Theology at Holy Cross uses real-life experiences and practical classroom discussions that apply to relevant world issues and classic questions as well. Theology has led me to work with the most vulnerable in our society, and is important in every aspect when working and living with others.”

Saints & Scholars


The Saints & Scholars Summer Theology Institute is an academically intensive and community engaging experience for high school students who are future leaders of our church and world. This one-week program is coordinated and taught by theology professors, and the program is supported by Campus Ministry and many current Holy Cross College students. The goal is to support the spiritual and intellectual growth of the next generation of “Saints” – women and men who have the competence to learn the wisdom of Christian tradition and who have the courage to put that wisdom into action!
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Department Contact


Michael Griffin, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Theology
Director, Service Learning
mgriffin@hcc-nd.edu
574-239-8346