University Requirements in Theology
All Notre Dame undergraduate students are introduced to the practice of theology as faith seeking understanding through a two-course sequence.
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University Requriements in Theology allow all ND students the opportunity to examine faith in an academic setting
- Foundations of Theology: the First Theology Requirement
- A Development of Theology Course: the Second Theology Requirement
- On Satisfying the Requirement Through Credit Transfer
THEO 10001 Foundations of Theology: Biblical/Historical
THEO 10002 Foundations of Theology: Biblical/Historical
THEO 13183 Theology University Seminar
THEO 13002 Honors Foundation of Theology
The second required course, or the “development” course, involves the development of a major theme of Christian theology through the centuries or across schools of thought. Development courses are always numbered Theo 2xxxx. Courses in the upcoming semester that meet the second requirement may be found through Class Search.
The following development courses are recommended for international students from non-Christian backgrounds:
Theo 20201: God
Theo 20251: The Catholic Faith
Theo 20605: Intro to Catholic Moral Theology
Theo 20830: Islam and Christian Theology
Theo 20828: Christianity & World Religions
Students sometimes seek to satisfy the university requirement in Theology by taking summer courses at other universities or while studying abroad. Any student seeking to satisfy a university requirement by transferring credit from a course taken at another university must have this course approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Theology.
One of the two university-required courses in Theology must be taken at Notre Dame. The first university-required course, Foundations in Theology (1x-xxx), grounds students in the discipline of theology through the study of the Bible and the theology of the Early Church. It is unusual to find this combination of features at other colleges and universities.
More often, students will be successful in finding a course at another college or university (whether in the summer of while studying abroad) that can be approved as satisfying the second requirement in theology. However, students should remember that development courses (Theo 2xxxx) examine the development of a central Christian doctrine or theme within Christian tradition through the centuries. Transfer courses receiving approval to satisfy either requirement must match closely the characteristics of the courses offered at Notre Dame.