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Department of Theology


Faith, Reason, and Action for Justice

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.


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Hear from the Loyola Theology Community

Arthur Sutherland, Ph.D.
Arthur Sutherland, Ph.D.

I hope to promote types of intellectual insights, moral behaviors, and responsible actions that arise from Jesus’ prophetic critique of people at their worst and communities at their best.


I have grown more during my time at Loyola than at any other period of my life. Much of that growth is due to Loyola’s celebration of the unique qualities that each of its students bring to the table.

Claire Mathews McGinnis, Ph.D.
Claire Mathews McGinnis, Ph.D.Professor of Theology

I think most students appreciate the way in which Loyola’s courses allow them to explore questions of faith, and the possibility of faith, in an open and honest and intellectually rigorous way.