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.
* 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.