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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2018-2019 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theology, M.A.

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Degree Requirements

Core Courses (7 courses-21 semester hours) in categories A through G:

Theology Electives (21 semester hours)

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

Total: 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 6080 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:

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)

Learning Outcomes

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 theological 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.

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