Minor in Theology

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Standard Minor in Theology

To fulfill requirements for a minor, a student must take 12 credit hours in theology beyond the 6 hours required of all undergraduate students (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 Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Anthony Pagliarini at Anthony.J.Pagliarini.3@nd.edu.

Philosophy, Religion and Literature Undergraduate Minor

The new Philosophy, Religion, and Literature minor (PRL) is designed for students who want to pursue an interdisciplinary course of studies that focuses on the intersections among philosophy, religion, and literature.

PRL seeks to build bridges between disciplines and modes of thought which have traditionally been in dialogue with one another and which have been at the heart of teaching at Notre Dame. The aim of the minor is to create a context in which philosophical, religious, and literary approaches to thought and its expression may be studied systematically and in conjunction with each other.

Learn more about the requirementscourses, and faculty associated with the Philosophy, Religion and Literature minor.

Catholic Social Tradition Minor

The Catholic Social Tradition minor is an interdisciplinary minor in the College of Arts and Letters, co-directed by Todd Whitmore, Associate Professor of Theology and Bill Purcell, Associate Director for Catholic Social Tradition at the Center for Social Concerns. Since its inception in 1997, the program has been committed to providing undergraduate students with a deeper understanding of the social ramifications of the Catholic faith by drawing on the wealth of resources of the Catholic Social Tradition as found in the official documents of the Church and the experience of the Catholic community. Students are required to complete 15 credit hours including a three-credit core course, two three-credit elective courses, three one-credit colloquia/social concerns seminars, and a three-credit senior capstone course. Visit the Catholic Social Tradition Minor website at cstminor.nd.edu

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 not intended to provide preparation for graduate work in theology or 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

For more information or to declare a minor, contact Asst. DUS. Prof. Anthony Pagliarini.