experience at Gannon, the theology department affords students with a learning experience that is directed towards the scientific and systematic investigation of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. As an essential part of the Gannon student experience, the Theology Department provides courses that are an integral part of the Liberal Studies Core. Each student first takes LTHE 101 Foundations of Theology and Christian Morality. In this course, students are exposed to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the basic foundations of Christian moral living. The second Theology course in the Liberal Studies Core sequence is LTHE 201 The Bible: An Introduction. In this course, students will explore the Jude-Christian Bible using methods of Biblical interpretation. Finally, Gannon students complete their Liberal Studies Core requirements by taking either a Theology or Philosophy course. Students are accorded the choice between any of the Theology Department’s LTHE 300 level offerings or LPHI 237 Philosophy of Ethical Responsibility. The Theology Department also offers both a major and a minor in Theology. The Theology major, which consists of 36 credits, provides students with a thorough understanding of Catholic Theology. The Theology major concludes with a capstone course THEO 400 Senior Project where students demonstrate competency in the field, the ability to do independent research and engage in experiential-learning. The Theology minor consists of 18 credit hours of theology. The theology minor is intended to supplement a student’s major area of study and prepare students for ministry roles such as leadership in parish life, religious education, or personal enrichment.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS LTHE 101: Foundations of Theology and Christian Morality Rooted in the richness of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, this course explores the religious experiences of the human person and their relationship to Christian moral living. This course is a prerequisite for LTHE 201. LTHE 201: The Bible: An Introduction Students will explore the structure, theological themes, literary forms, and historical context of the Judeo-Christian Bible using methods of Biblical interpretation. This course is a prerequisite for all 300 level Theology courses. LTHE 301: Faith, Revelation and Theology An investigation of the nature and methods of the science of Theology, with a study of the phenomenon of faith, of Revelation, and of Biblical and Magisterial hermeneutics. Prerequisite: LTHE 101, LTHE 201 LTHE 311: Theology of Jesus Christ A consideration of the question, “Who is Jesus of Nazareth?”, and a study of the answers to that question presented by the Scriptures, ecclesiastical tradition and classic and contemporary theology. Prerequisite: LTHE 101, LTHE 201 LTHE 321: Theology of Church A study of the origins, nature, structure and role of the Church, with special emphasis on the theological insights of Vatican II. Prerequisite: LTHE 101, LTHE 201 LTHE 323: Vatican II and the Catholic Tradition A study of the historical, social, and theological dimensions of Vatican II and the ongoing process of Vatican II’s reception in the life of the Roman Catholic Church, the ecumenical community, and the world. Prerequisite: LTHE 101, LTHE 201