Students who successfully complete a graduate specialization in
Systematic Theology will:
demonstrate proficient breadth of knowledge concerning the
development of Catholic doctrine and theological method throughout
the history of the Church;
integrate and synthesize breadth of knowledge through a specific
area of focus in the directed research project.
Core Courses (15 credits)
Directed Research Project (3 credits)
The directed research project is a 25- to 30-page research paper
that demonstrates achievement of theological literacy in the
particular area of concentration.
Its purpose is twofold: to demonstrate a proficient breadth of
knowledge across the general subject area and to bring that content
to bear upon a particular area of focus. The successful candidate
will gather material around a particular topic from the wider area
of study and accurately communicate that information in a way that
illuminates expertise in that broader area.
Your faculty director will assist you in developing a
bibliography, choosing a topic and planning a calendar of dates for
drafts of the paper and its final completion, as well as grading
the final product. You must earn at least a "B-" to pass the
project and earn the certificate.
Prerequisites for the research project
Required core courses and electives satisfactorily completed -
at least 12 credit hours
A GPA of 3.5 in area of study
Approval by faculty specific to the area of research