The study of theology embraces diverse interests and diverse faith backgrounds. Some students come to gain a deeper grasp of what it is that they believe and their reasons for believing it. Others want to explore how religious teachings and ethics intersect with fields like medicine or psychology, while yet others study theology because the Jewish and Christian traditions have had such vast influence on the culture in which we live, including musical traditions from classical to hip-hop, politics, literature, the visual arts, and economics.
As practiced at Loyola, theology embraces these diverse interests and offers courses in four main areas: Bible (Jewish and Christian Scripture), History (how Christianity has shaped and been shaped by the world throughout history), Theology (big questions and key thinkers), Culture (including how Christianity interacts with other world religions like Islam), and Ethics (including areas like bioethics and environmental ethics).
Whatever a student’s own faith might be, the study of theology provides a crucial perspective for understanding both the past and our present.