Students of all faith backgrounds or no faith background at all are welcome in the Theology Department at Loyola. Whatever a student’s faith or values might be, the study of theology is essential for understanding both the past and our present world. Because Jesuit education “strives to integrate intellect with faith and with action for justice”, courses offered in the Theology department explore the relationship between faith and reason, between religious convictions and ethics, and between doctrine and actions for a more just and peaceable world.
Theology courses are offered 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).
Many Theology courses also participate in interdisciplinary programs like Peace & Justice Studies, Catholic Studies, and Gender & Sexuality Studies.