Theology at Aquinas College

Theology Major (BA)

Major Requirements:

Thirty-six (36) credit hours. Required courses:

  • TY120 
  • TY131 
  • TY170 
  • TY250 
  • TY293 
  • TY345 
  • One or two courses in Sacred Scripture 
  • One course in Spirituality 
  • One Senior Capstone Course in Theology 
  • Twelve (12) credit hours of Theology electives 

As of 2015-2016, the following courses can serve as the senior capstone: TY400, TY293, and TY345. At least twenty-one (21) credits should be earned at Aquinas College.

Courses

  • TY120 Sacraments (3) TF

    An introduction to Sacramental Theology and Liturgy that explores the biblical, historical and liturgical aspects of the Church’s Sacraments.

  • TY131 Bible as Story (3) TF

    A theological and literary introduction to the biblical story, from creation to apocalypse. Follows the great themes of the Bible, such as paradise, peoplehood, and the presence of God. Students will learn to interpret biblical stories, discover the images and themes that appear throughout the Christian Bible, and gain an appreciation of scripture as the root of Christian faith today.

  • TY170 Wrestling with God (3) TF

    Considers the question of God’s existence. Investigates the human capacity to know, love and speak intelligently about God. Examines arguments both for and against God’s existence and gives special consideration to the challenges suffering poses to faith. Explores the relationship between faith and reason, and science and religion. Evaluates the effect secularization has on religious belief and pays special attention to the challenges that a postmodern situation presents to traditional belief in God.

  • TY250 Christian Morality (3) TF

    An Introduction to Christian ethics or moral theology that, from the Catholic moral tradition, considers ethical sources, the meaning of the acting person, and selected sexual, bio-medical and social justice issues. Themes covered include: ethics in a post-modern world, faith and ethics, church authority, conscience, natural law, sin, virtue and making moral decisions.

  • TY293 Christology (3) SC

    An introduction to the Christian tradition’s understanding of Jesus as the Christ. After a brief review of the biblical data, this course considers the tradition’s reflection on Jesus of Nazareth as found in the early Christological councils and later theologians. 

  • TY345 Church and Spirit (3) SC

    This introduction to ecclesiology sets the church within the contemporary historical, sociological and theological context. Models of the church, how the church saw itself throughout various historical periods, its nature and mission as formulated in Vatican II, and challenges for the future are considered.

  • TY400 Senior Seminar (Variable) (3) SC

    A Senior level study of selected topics from Biblical, Doctrinal, Ecclesial, Moral, or Systematic Theology.