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2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies

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In keeping with the values of Saint Joseph’s College, rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the doctrines and heritage of the Catholic Church, the online division is proud to offer quality, accredited degrees in theological and pastoral studies.

The Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies enables students to:

  • acquire knowledge in theological studies;
  • deepen and strengthen personal faith;
  • learn skills applicable to Church ministry and service;
  • develop skills for independent inquiry and life-long learning;
  • prepare a foundation for entry into the Graduate Certificate or Master of Arts in Theology programs;
  • Fast-Track into the Master of Arts in Theology

The Student Learning Outcomes are as follows:

Upon completion of this program of study leading to graduation, the student will:

  • understand and appreciate the books of the Old Testament and the New Testament; understand the historical and social contexts of the writings; recognized their literary forms according to appropriate methodologies; and place them in their ecclesial context;
  • understand and appreciate Catholic doctrine and theology, including the doctrines of the Trinity, Christology, ecclesiology, Christian anthropology, and eschatology;
  • understand and appreciate liturgical and sacramental theology and the life of worship in the Church;
  • understand and appreciate the history of the Church;
  • understand and appreciate the foundations of moral theology and the social doctrine of the Church;
  • understand and appreciate the guiding principles for the practice of ministry;
  • understand and appreciate the foundations of Catholic spirituality, which include the history of Christian religious experience and the types and schools of spirituality;
  • be prepared to enter, or to continue, effective service to the Church and society;
  • be prepared to continue studies at the graduate level.

General Education Requirements, BA

The Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies consists of 128 credit hours of which 36 credit hours (12 courses) are in the major area – 7 required core courses and 5 electives.

General Education Requirements

(45 semester-hour credits)

English Composition 6 credits
Social Science 12 credits
Natural Science 3 credits
History 6 credits
Philosophy 3 credits
Ethics (PH 210) 3 credits
Mathematics 3 credits
Humanities 9 credits


General Elective Courses

Additional courses (electives) to complete the required 128 semester-hour credits may be selected from any of the course offerings described in the catalog.

Summer Program

Students may choose to earn credits during a residential summer session. Course offerings are announced prior to each session in a special summer catalog.


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