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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2013-2014

Theological Studies Graduate Program

Mission Statement

The Master of Arts (Theology) provides students with a critical understanding of the Christian theological tradition, especially from a Roman Catholic perspective. The program engages students in serious reflection on the broad range of theological studies and methods (biblical, comparative, historical, liturgical, and systematic theology, as well as ethics, spirituality, faith and culture, ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue). The goal of the program is to provide a general and integrated exploration of these areas for students seeking to teach on a secondary level, for students preparing for graduate education, and for students with a strong interest in theology beyond the undergraduate level.

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology engages the student in critical theological reflection on ministerial practice as preparation for active ministry in a pluralistic society. The program provides theological foundations in pastoral theology, especially in the Roman Catholic tradition, and integrates the formation of persons preparing for pastoral ministry with their study of the Christian theological tradition (spirituality, liturgy, faith and culture, ethics, as well as biblical, historical, and systematic theology, and ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue). Throughout the program there is a stress on the holistic relationships between pastoral theology, faith seeking critical understanding, and faith that does justice.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Sufficient background in theology or religious studies
  • Demonstrated ability to do graduate studies

This last requirement can be fulfilled by providing a range of information including: graduate work completed or advanced degree obtained; evidence of undergraduate work, including GPA and submission of written academic work (e.g., a term paper); scores received on the GRE, the Miller Analogies, or other standardized tests (recommended but not required); a personal interview.

Applicants need to indicate the particular Master of Arts program to which they are applying, either M.A. (Theology) [THEO] or M.A. in Pastoral Theology (PATH).

All applicants for admission to the master’s degree programs are required to submit a Graduate Division application and $50.00 fee; two copies of all post-secondary transcripts; a personal statement; and two letters of recommendation, including one academic reference. All materials should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office. Applicants who have applied for admission may be formally admitted or may be required to fulfill prerequisites before being formally admitted.

All materials for admission must be received in the Graduate Admission Office by the date listed below. Applications received after this deadline will be reviewed on an individual basis.

March 1 for the Fall semester

Students may take graduate courses in non-degree status with permission of the Graduate Director.

Degree Requirements

MASTER OF ARTS (THEOLOGY) (42 sem. hrs.)

CORE COURSES (7 courses—21 sem. hrs.) in categories A through G:

A) THST 600

Foundations of New Testament Theology

 

or

THST 603

Foundations of Old Testament Theology

B) THST 620

Foundations of Historical Theology

 

or

 

any one course from the 620s

C) THST 630

Introduction to Systematic Theology

D) THST 660

Foundations of Theological Ethics

E) THST 692

Graduate Pro-Seminar (3 sem. hrs.) (usually taken during the first semester)

F) THST 695

Comprehensive Exam Seminar

 

(3 sem. hrs.) (taken after completing 36 semester hours minimum)

G) THST 696

Directed Research Seminar (3 sem. hrs.)(taken after completing 36 semester hours minimum)

THEOLOGY ELECTIVES (21 sem. hrs.)

Theology students are to complete an additional 21 semester hours for a total of 42 semester hours.

COMPARATIVE THEOLOGY CONCENTRATION

An option for Students in the M.A. (Theology)

M.A. (Theology) students may choose to take elective courses that develop a concentration in Comparative Theology. The concentration in Comparative Theology serves students who wish to focus their program more specifically around questions of religious diversity, inter-religious dialogue, world religions, and comparative theology.

The concentration is comprised of four courses (12 semester hours), one (1) required course (THST 680: Comparative Theology), and three (3) other approved courses, which the student chooses in conjunction with the academic advisor. Students must also fulfill core requirements as listed above, items A through G.

COMPARATIVE THEOLOGY CONCENTRATION—COURSE OFFERINGS

Students who choose to do this Concentration are required to take:

THST 680

Comparative Theology

In addition, students are required to take three (3) of the following (or other courses approved by the academic advisor in concert with the graduate director):

THST 610

World Religions

THST 611

Islam

THST 612

Indic Religious Traditions: Hinduism

THST 613

Buddhism and Jainism

THST 614

Judaism

THST 615

Classics of Chinese Philosophy (see PHIL 606)

THST 616

Interreligious Dialogue

THST 619

Readings in Religious Literature

THST 643

Feminist Theology: World Perspectives

THST 681

Comparative Religious Ethics

THST 682

Comparative Mysticism

MASTER OF ARTS IN PASTORAL THEOLOGY

CORE COURSES (8 courses—24 sem. hrs.) in categories A through H:

A) THST 600

Foundations of New Testament Theology

 

or

THST 603

Foundations of Old Testament Theology

B) THST 630

Introduction to Systematic Theology

C) THST 660

Foundations of Theological Ethics

 

or

 

one course from the Historical area (620s)

D) THST 670

Foundations of Pastoral Theology

E) THST 675

Spiritual Formation for Pastoral Ministry

F) THST 692

Graduate Pro-Seminar (3 sem. hrs.) (usually taken during the first semester)

G) THST 689

Supervised Pastoral Field Education (3 sem. hrs.) (student must have completed at least 27 semester hours in order to take this course)

H) THST 691

Pastoral Synthesis Seminar (3 sem. hrs.) (student must have completed at least 36 semester hours in order to take this capstone course)

PASTORAL THEOLOGY ELECTIVES

(18 sem. hrs.)

Pastoral Theology students are required to take one three-semester-hour course in either Liturgy, Religious Education, or Spirituality and select other elective courses offered by the Department of Theological Studies after consultation with their advisor.

The program is designed to allow a student to pursue general interests or a particular concentration. Concentrations are offered in two areas: 1) Pastoral Leadership and 2) Spiritual Direction. Under special circumstances, students may take up to two courses (six semester hours) outside the department.

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION CONCENTRATION

An option for Students in the M.A. in Pastoral Theology

This concentration is designed for anyone enrolled in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology who would like to acquire the art of spiritual direction, a ministry of accompanying others in their spiritual journey. The purpose of the concentration is twofold: 1) to provide a course of studies that integrates theology, Scripture, psychology, spirituality, skills acquisition and supervision in the art of spiritual direction and 2) to assist participants to discern whether they are being called to the ministry of spiritual direction.

Upon successful completion of the four required courses listed below, participants will be able to designate that their Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology included a concentration in spiritual direction training.

Students who wish to concentrate their electives in spiritual direction would take the following courses. NOTE: THST 685, Theory and Practice, needs to be taken first; THST 688, Practicum and Supervision, needs to be taken last. The other two courses can be taken whenever opportune, after completing the first course.

THST 685

The Theory and Practice of Spiritual Direction

THST 686

Ignatian Spirituality (prerequisite: THST 685)

THST 687

Psychological Foundations of Spiritual Direction (prerequisite: THST 685)

THST 688

Practicum and Supervision in Spiritual Direction (taken after completion of the three courses listed above)

PASTORAL LEADERSHIP CONCENTRATION

An option for Students in the M.A. in Pastoral Theology

Description:

The concentration is made up of four courses (12 semester hours) that the student chooses from the set of approved courses listed in the Bulletin for this Concentration.

The concentration is designed to educate those who will serve (or who currently serve) as leaders in pastoral settings, either as leaders in specialized ministries or as leaders in general ministry positions. Examples of leaders in specialized ministry: Directors of Religious Education, Directors of Youth Ministry of Campus Ministry, Directors of Catechumenate/RCIA. Leaders in generalist ministries include pastors and Pastoral Associates who are assigned a variety of general duties according to need.

The concentration is deliberately open to the students to design under the guidance of the academic advisor. In this way, students who find themselves actively engaged in, or aspiring to, leadership ministries within schools or parishes will choose courses for the concentration that fit their current or aspired ministry commitments.

Pastoral Leadership Concentration Course Offerings

THST 670

Foundations of Pastoral Theology (graduate core course)

Students are required to take:

THST 674

Pastoral Leadership

Students are required to take any two (2) of the following:

THST 650

Liturgical Theology: History and Interpretation

THST 652

The Rites

THST 671

Pastoral Approaches to Religious Education

THST 673

Faith and Culture: Catechesis in Southern California

THST 677

Pastoral Liturgy

THST 678

The Theology of the Parish

THST 679

Special Topics in Pastoral Theology

THST 687

Psychological Foundations of Pastoral Ministry

Pastoral Synthesis Project (PT capstone)

The Pastoral Synthesis Project is the required capstone experience for all Pastoral Theology students. The project is designed to elicit familiarity with scholarly sources and pastoral analysis of issues that impact the contemporary practice of ministry. The project is not solely a research paper nor a reflection paper, but a synthesis of both. The project is typically done in the last semester of the Pastoral Theology program.

Learning Outcomes

M.A. (Theology)

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 theo-logical 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

M.A. in Pastoral Theology

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

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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2013-2014

The University

Admission to the University

Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

University Core Curriculum

Graduate Division

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Academic Degree Requirements and Policies

Academic Advising

Academic Calendar

Academic Program

Academic Standing

Attendance

Change of Academic Major/Concentration/Minor

Change of Address

Commencement

Classification of Undergraduate Students

Concurrent Enrollment

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Degree Requirements

Diplomas

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Enrollment

Final Examinations

Full-Time Status

Grades and Grading

Graduation Rate

Leave of Absence/Withdrawal

LMU Honor Code and Process

Privacy Rights of Students in Education Records (FERPA)

Registration

Transcripts

Transfer Credit and Articulation

VA Certification

Academic Programs and Services

Academic Awards and Commencement Honors

University Honors Program

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

Mission of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts (BCLA)

BCLA Student Learning Outcomes

Organization of the College

Application of General University Requirements

Degree Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

Students Interested in Teaching in California Public Schools

Secondary Teacher Preparation Programs

African American Studies

American Cultures Studies

Asian and Pacific Studies

Asian Pacific American Studies

The Bioethics Institute

Catholic Studies

Chicana/o Studies

Classics and Archaeology

Economics

English

Environmental Studies

Ethics

European Studies

Geography

History

Humanities

Irish Studies

Jewish Studies

Liberal Arts

Liberal Studies

Modern Languages and Literatures

Peace Studies

Philosophy

Political Science

Psychology

Sociology

Theological Studies

Urban Studies

Women’s Studies

College of Business Administration

Graduate Degree Program

Baccalaureate Degree Program

The Vision and Mission of the College of Business Administration

College of Business Administration Curriculum

Transfer Credit

Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science (AIMS Major) Curriculum

Bachelor of Science in Accounting Curriculum

Business Administration Minor

Accounting Minor Requirements

Business Law Concentration

International Business Concentration

Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

Accounting

Business Administration

Finance, Computer Information Systems and Operations Management

Management Department and Entrepreneurship Program

Marketing and Business Law

Master of Business Administration

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College of Communication and Fine Arts

College of Communication and Fine Arts Student Learning Outcomes

Application of General University Requirements

Teacher Preparation Program

College Curriculum

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Communication Studies

Dance—Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

Interdisciplinary Applied Programs

Music

Theatre Arts—Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

Marital and Family Therapy

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Candidate Outcomes and Proficiencies

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Statement of Professional Dispositions

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FFYS 1000

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African American Studies

American Cultures Studies

Asian Pacific American Studies

Archaeology

Asian and Pacific Studies

Bioethics

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Chinese

Chicana/o Studies

Classic Civilizations

Economics

English

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Theological Studies

Lower Division

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Area A: Sacred Scriptures, Religious Sources, and Traditions

Area B: Theology, Ethics, and Spirituality

Area C: Faith, Culture, and Ministry

Special Courses

Graduate Courses

Biblical Theology

World Religions

Historical Theology

Systematic Theology

Moral Theology

Pastoral Theology

Comparative Theology

Spiritual Direction

Special Studies

Urban Studies

Women's Studies

Yoga Studies

College of Business Administration Courses

Accounting

Applied Information Management Systems

Business Administration

Business Law

Entrepreneurship

Finance

International Business Studies

Management

Marketing

Master of Business Administration

Core Curriculum Courses

Advanced Curriculum Courses: Areas of Emphasis

MBAB: Management and Organizational Behavior

MBAC: Marketing Management

MBAD: Information and Decision Sciences

MBAE: Human Resource Management

MBAF: Financial Decision Systems

MBAG: International Business Systems

MBAH: Entrepreneurial Organizations

MBAI: Integrative Experience Courses

MBAJ: Accounting Decision Systems

Executive MBA Program

College of Communication and Fine Arts Courses

Art History

Studio Arts

Communication Studies

Dance

Interdisciplinary Applied Programs

Marital and Family Therapy

Music

Theatre Arts

Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering Courses

Biology

Chemistry

Civil Engineering

Computer Science

Electrical Engineering

General Engineering

Environmental Science

Health and Human Sciences

Mathematics

Mechanical Engineering

Physics

Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

Systems Engineering Leadership

School of Education Courses

Clinical Education

Elementary and Secondary Education

Educational Leadership

Educational Support Services

Specialized Programs in Urban Education

School of Film and Television Courses

Animation

Film and Television Arts and Enterprises

Film and Television Studies

Film and Television Production

Recording Arts

Screenwriting

Department of Aerospace Studies Courses

University Administration

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