Nov 28, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2023-2024 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2023-2024

Theology, M.A.

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Degree Requirements

Core Courses (7 courses–21 semester hours):

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 be able to: 

  • Perform biblical exegesis with attention to historical contexts, the history of interpretation, and contemporary theological developments; 

  • Engage in critical reflection on major theological themes, including the ability to articulate different perspectives and place them in dialogue, and the ability to engage such themes in real world contexts; 

  • Perform critical historical analysis, reading and interpreting primary sources of theology in their broader context; 

  • Situate contemporary theological developments in light of historical trajectories; 

  • Interpret the work of seminal thinkers in Christian ethics and analyze contemporary moral problems; 

  • Discern accurate and credible knowledge about diverse religious traditions and expressions; 

  • Engage the question of the theological significance of religious diversity;  

  • Articulate multiple methods in theological studies and apply them in appropriate scholarly ways and contexts; 

  • Engage critically with the Roman Catholic intellectual tradition, appreciating the internal diversity within Roman Catholic and wider Christian traditions, and articulating how an encounter with the Roman Catholic intellectual tradition enhances engagement with one’s own religious perspectives. 

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