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Students in a Catholic, liberal arts university have the right, privilege and responsibility to enter into the theological and philosophical modes of understanding reality. Theology and Philosophy are the "sister sciences" that help us to understand the world around us; theology builds on what we receive in faith through God's revelation and philosophy builds on what we receive through thoughtful consideration of the world around us.

Courses offered by the department provide students with the philosophical and theological concepts necessary to articulate the teachings of the Christian tradition in ways that are both orthodox and meaningful for our times. Students will also develop skills that will allow them to carry on respectful conversation with people of all religious traditions. While the department emphasizes the Roman Catholic and Franciscan heritage of the University, students of other traditions will find courses among the department’s offerings that challenge them to consider the essential questions of life’s meaning in light of their own traditions.

In addition to providing a wide range of courses that satisfy the Religious Foundation Requirement, the Theo-Phil Department offers both a minor and a major in Theology. Students who wish to major in theology may select one of four tracks: Theological Foundations, Biblical Theology, Theology Teacher, and Theological Studies. These tracks are designed to provide a solid foundation in theology, yet offer the student the opportunity to tailor a course of study that meets his or her particular personal interests and career goals.