Requirements for the A.A. in Theology Degree
Theology – 18 credits
These courses include Scripture, Religious Education, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Theological Research and Writing, Moral and Dogmatic Theology, and Evangelization. They are geared to helping students gain a better understanding of the Living Tradition and the Living Word, and to further develop their own personal spirituality.
Philosophy – 12 credits
These courses examine the basic areas of philosophy as they relate to Christian Theology. Logic, Epistemology and Metaphysics provide students with an understanding of the foundation of philosophical thinking. Courses such as Philosophy of God or Ethics lead students to a deeper intellectual insight into the Christian belief structure. The courses are geared to help the student combine faith with knowledge, so as to look at life through the paradigm of Christian Theology.
English in the Humanities – 6 credits
These courses lead to an understanding of the development of the human person through the different ages of civilization. They include branches of learning such as literature, English, rhetoric and fine arts. Additional Philosophy courses beyond the requirement may also be used for Humanities credit.
History in the Social Sciences – 6 credits
These courses study the social aspect of human life including Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, History and Education. They are intended to help the student bring the Gospel message to others in a culturally and socially relevant way, as they better understand the perspectives from which others view Christian faith.
Mathematics and the Hard Sciences – 6 credits
Courses in Mathematics and the Hard Sciences are required for a well-rounded college education. They include Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Elementary Mathematics. Some courses desired by our students may not be offered at our school, and students are encouraged to take those courses elsewhere and transfer them into their degree program.
Electives – 12 credits
Elective courses may be drawn from any area of choice, allowing the student to further explore a particular interest. Students are encouraged to invest part of their elective credits in the taking of a foreign language. Spanish classes make it possible for students to acquire a working knowledge of the language for pastoral settings. Biblical Greek provides the opportunity to better understand the original texts of the Scripture. Latin provides the background for understanding the language of the Church.