About the Minor

Standard Minor in Theology

To fulfill requirements for a minor, a student must take 12 credit hours beyond the 6 hours required of all undergraduate students in theology (for a total of 18 hours).
The additional 12 hours can be taken at the 2xxxx (“development of theology”) and 4xxxx (“upper”) levels. Theology minors may fulfill one of their minor course requirements with classical language courses taken at ND (Latin, Greek, or Hebrew).  For upper-level courses, priority in registration is given to first to majors, then to minors, and then to students from other departments. 
For information on declaring a minor in theology contact Prof. Reynolds (reynolds@nd.edu, 574-631-5138) or stop by Prof. Reynolds' DUS office hours on Tuesdays from 2:30-4:30pm in 130 Malloy.  Feel free to contact Emily Hammock Mosby (ehammock@nd.edu, 631-5732) with questions, as well.

Religion and Literature Undergraduate Minor

The Department of Theology cooperates with the literature departments at the University to coordinate the Religion and Literature minor. The program helps undergraduate students explore the relationship between the study of religion and literature.

Students take 15 credit hours beyond the University requirements (21 hours total). Of these additional hours, no more than 3 credit hours will normally be taken at the 20-000 level. Three of the 15 credit hours will be given over to a senior thesis. For more complete information about the religion and literature minor, please contact Prof. Vittorio Montemaggi.

Concentration in Catholic Social Tradition

The Program in Catholic Social Tradition is an interdisciplinary program that serves as a resource for Notre Dame undergraduates to learn Catholicism’s social tradition. Drawing on faculty and courses from a number of departments, the program is directed by Todd David Whitmore, Associate Professor of Theology. Students are required to complete 15 credit hours in the concentration, including a three-credit core course, three three-credit hour electives, and three one-credit colloquia/social concerns seminars.

Philosophy in the Catholic Tradition

Open only to those undergraduates who are majors in either philosophy or theology, the philosophy in the Catholic tradition minor deepens understanding of what the distinctively Catholic tradition in philosophy is. In this minor, the relationship between political science and theology provides the subject for philosophical inquiry.


15 credit hours, including:

  • God, Philosophy, and Universities
    Philosophy 30326/Theology 30802
  • 2 appropriate courses in political science
  • 1 course on a major Catholic philosopher or set of Catholic philosophers, either in the theology department (for philosophy majors) or in the philosophy department (for theology majors). 
  • Capstone seminar, Philosophy 426D/Theology 426D.
    In semesters when there are too few students taking the minor for a seminar to be possible, this requirement can be satisfied as a directed readings course that will cover the same ground as the seminar. 

A list of the courses currently approved as satisfying the requirements for the minor can be obtained from the program director: Professor John O'Callaghan 574-631-5153 or 574-631-5825. If necessary, leave a voicemail with your contact information to set up an appointment.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Liturgical Music Ministry

The interdisciplinary minor cultivates a basic understanding of the theology and pragmatics of music ministry so that students may be better qualified to engage in this ministry as learned amateurs. It is intended to provide preparation for graduate work in neither theology nor music, nor full-time employment in the field of liturgical music ministry. Rather, the interdisciplinary minor enhances the experience of those who participate in music ministry in a volunteer capacity. The program consists of 15 credit hours of coursework in theology and music plus three credit hours of ensemble, piano, or organ work.

For more information, see our brochure Liturgical Music Ministry Minor.

Declaring a Minor

Want more information? Fill out our student interest survey and a current major or minor will contact you to answer any questions.

To declare, contact Prof. Reynolds (reynolds@nd.edu, 574-631-5138) or stop by Prof. Reynolds' DUS office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5pm in 130 Malloy. Emily Hammock Mosby (631-5732), Undergraduate Coordinator, can assist with questions as well.