Loyola University Maryland

Department of Theology

Undergraduate Learning Aims

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Students who successfully complete the Theology major will be able to:

  • describe the major events of the Biblical narrative and name significant figures and events in the Bible, locating them temporally and spatially in relation to one another.
  • distinguish different approaches to Biblical interpretation and assess their relevance for particular theological aims.
  • describe major doctrinal disputes and figures in the history of Christianity, locating them temporally and spatially in relation to one another.
  • analyze and assess the significance of selected historical theological debates for Christians today.
  • relate different Christian doctrines to one another in a systematic way and articulate the interconnections between them.
  • relate Christian theological views to currents in the wider culture, including the views of other religious traditions.
  • analyze and evaluate the congruities and discongruities between Christian theological views and other phenomena of human culture.
  • practice the technique of “close reading” of a theological or other text.
    write papers using clear and persuasive language to analyze and appraise theological and other positions.