Dean: Peter A. Dorsey
Professors: Fr. James Donohue, C.R.
Associate Professors: Mary Kate Birge, S.S.J., Dr. Paige E. Hochschild (Chair)
Assistant Professors: Barrett H. Turner, Luis G. Vera, Joshua R. Brown, Lorraine Cuddeback-Gedeon
Courses offered in the Department of Theology aim to promote a reflective exploration of (1) the religious dimension of human experience; (2) the sources and historical development of the Christian, and in particular the Roman Catholic, religious tradition; (3) the major themes in the Christian understanding of the relation between God and human beings; (4) the relations among Christianity, other religions and contemporary secular culture.
The study of theology offers students an opportunity not only to learn about the Christian religious heritage but also to develop such basic skills as textual interpretation and critical argumentation and to develop a deeper personal sensitivity to the fundamental questions of the meaning of human life in the world.
Professional Certification for Youth Ministers and Catechists
The department’s certification programs for youth ministers and catechists are designed for lay people who are actively involved in pastoral ministry, or for individuals who are seeking to begin such involvement. The certification programs offer lay people the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and to improve their skills for engagement in the areas of catechesis and youth ministry. Completion of the required theology courses qualifies the candidate for certification offered through the Archdiocese of Baltimore.