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Students in theology courses complete a wide variety of projects ranging from creative to analytic, spiritual to academic. Below, browse projects completed by students at all levels of Theology, from freshmen in their first Foundations courses to seniors completing honors theses.

Foundations Gospel Projects

Think Foundations of Theology sounds boring? Not in Professor Francesca Murphy's class! She challenged First-Year students to reinterpret the Gospels in their own styles. The result? See below!

Click on the thumbnail for the .pdf of the entire project.

Art Collage Gospel of Luke Stick Figure Gospel of John
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 Want to read the rest? Stop by the Theology Department, 130 Malloy Hall, to check out the full-text documents.

Studying the Psalms

Students in Sr. Ann Astell’s Theo 13183 University Seminar study the Biblical psalms and their interpretation by Saints Athanasius, Ambrose, and Augustine. The students also imitate some spiritual practices associated with the psalms from the time of the early Church, such as psalm memorization and recitation (including a “Psalmathon” of all 150 psalms). 

Psalmathon (def.): An annual celebration featuring the continuous reading of all 150 Biblical Psalms. Performed by Sr. Ann Astell's Foundations of Theology students, their friends, and colleagues.

Like the monks of old, the students also manually copy word by word, verse by verse, some psalm-texts, highlighting repeated words and illustrating the images found in the psalm. Some of the 150 Biblical psalms have traditionally been regarded as forming a subgroup within the Psalter (Book of Psalms)—for example, the fifteen “Psalms of Ascent,” the seven penitential psalms, the eleven “Alleluia” psalms, and the ten “Royal Psalms.” Dividing into teams, the students study one of these groups of psalms, learn about its distinctive features and themes, and prepare together a booklet of the hand-copied psalms. Here are some representative pages from their work (click to see full-sized pages).

Psalm 3 Psalm 21 Psalm 111 Psalm 144










During their journey through the Theology program, our majors take a one-credit proseminar, during which they hear guest lectures from theologians and study a wide range of topics (such as moral theology, Christianity and Islam, and ancient liturgical manuscripts). The course is also interactive, as students prepare an e-Portfolio which allows them to present their own theology-related work or experiences and to describe what the Theology major means to them. Outstanding e-Portfolios are awarded the Faith and Reason badge. Recent winners include:

Senior Honors Thesis Program

A senior thesis is a rewarding and intellectually stimulating culmination of 4 years of study. Our senior thesis authors tackle challenging topics—everything from evolution to Immaculate Conception and miracles. Read the full listing of theses from 2004 onward here. Full-text copies are available in the Theology Department Office, 130 Malloy