Curriculum & Courses

The major in theology consists of 33 hours of course work (11 courses) as described below. Many students elect to combine a major in theology with a second major in another discipline. Students who are considering a major in theology should contact the department chair to learn more about the program.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Theology

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in theology. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all theology courses.

 Requirements   Credits 
 Theology  33
 1. Distribution Requirements: one course from each category (a)–(e).
     (a) Comparative Religion 
           THEO 200. Comparative Religion
           THEO 205. Myth and Culture
     (b) Religion and Society
          
 THEO 222. Religion and Politics
           THEO 323. Religion and Science
           THEO 324. Religion and Race
           THEO 325. Religion and Art
           THEO 326. Religion and Science Fiction 
     (c) Ethics
           THEO 245. Christian Ethics 
           THEO 345. Catholic Social Thought
           THEO 349. Issues in Christian Ethics
     (d) Spirituality
           THEO 252. Christian Spirituality
           THEO 359. Special Studies in Spiritual Traditions 
     (e) Catholic Tradition
           THEO 263. Sacraments
           THEO 265. Global Catholicism
           THEO 333. Contemporary Catholic Thought
           THEO 345. Catholic Social Thought
           THEO 362. Francis and the Franciscan Tradition
           THEO 368. Body, Sex, and Sacrament
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 2. Upper-Level Requirements: the following three courses.
      THEO 430. Theological Methods
      THEO 460. History of Christianity
      THEO 470. Contemporary Biblical Interpretation
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 3. Comprehensive Requirement (normally taken during the senior year)
      THEO 498. Seminar in Theology
3
 4. Departmental Electives: any two courses in theology. 6
 Foreign Language  3
      One course at the 202 level or above* 3
 Mathematics  3
      One mathematics course 3
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) 36
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      Core Area Courses:
           CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
           CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
           CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
           CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
           CLAR 208. World Views
           CLAR 209. Art and Literature
           CLAR 302 & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
           CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum
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3
3
 
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives  45
 Total  120

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Theology majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Mathematics.

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in Theology

The Department of Theology has no prescribed order for the completion of courses that are required for the major, apart from the four 400-level courses that must be taken in either the junior or senior year.   Freshmen who enter as theology majors are highly encouraged to take CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World and CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage in their first year to provide a foundation for upper-level theology courses.  Transfer students should take these two courses in their first semester if possible.  Faculty members work closely with each student to create a personalized course schedule that will fulfill the remainder of their requirements.

Requirements for a Minor in Theology

For non-majors, the following courses constitute a minor in theology. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all theology courses.

To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's advisor or from the Office of the Registrar.