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2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog [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.

The Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies consists of 128 credit hours, including 36 credits of General Education Requirements, 24 credits of Theological Studies Core Requirements, 12 credits of Theological Studies Electives, and the remainder credits of general electives. 

General Education Requirements 2017 - Theology BA

Beginning July 1, 2017, new general education requirements (listed below) become effective for online, undergraduate students at Saint Joseph’s College.  The college’s general education curriculum is a set of courses that reflect the college’s vision of what it means to be an educated person.  It is the heart of our baccalaureate education, and provides the grounding for the student’s major course of study. The core curriculum supports key parts of the college’s mission: to encourage students to explore widely the arts and sciences while they also prepare to lead ethical and meaningful lives and to enhance students’ awareness of human dignity and the meaning of life.  Moreover, the general education curriculum supports several of SJC’s Institutional Learning Outcomes.  Specifically:

  • Identify and apply the ethical and moral dimensions of their particular field of study;
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in both written and oral formats;
  • Engage in responsible citizenship, social justice, and environmental stewardship;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze and evaluate information from diverse sources and perspectives.

The new requirements consist of four learning themes: Foundations for College Level Thinking, The Human Condition and Human Story, Nature & Society, and Art, Creativity, and Self-Knowledge.  The online general education requirements are aligned with the on-campus core.  Note: Some academic programs have minor variations in general education requirements. Please talk to your Advisor or Admissions Counselor for more information.  


General Education Requirements (36 credits)
Foundations for College Level Thinking (3 courses)

EH 106 , English Composition I

EH 107 ,  English Composition II

MA 205 , Elementary Statistics

The Human Condition and the Human Story (4 courses)

HY 104 ,  Modern Global History

PH 200 ,  Human Nature and Ethics

History (HY) Elective

Philosophy (PH) Elective

Nature and Society (3 courses)

ES 101 ,    Introduction to Environmental Science

PY 101 ,   Introduction to Psychology or SO 201 , Principles of Sociology

Elective in Social Sciences or in Natural Sciences from approved courses (General Education Requirements 2017 - Tier 3   )

Art, Creativity, and Self-Knowledge (2 courses)

EH English elective

One additional course from a list of approved courses (General Education Requirements 2017 - Tier 4  )

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