2008
New major designed to help students relate theology to issues in daily life

New major designed to help students relate theology to issues in daily life
July 15, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Theology was known as the “queen of sciences” at medieval universities, which were founded to train young men to serve the church. All other subjects existed primarily to help with theological thought. Theology no longer enjoys the prominent position it once held at universities, but the study of theology still plays an important role in the dialogue between faith and reason and helps students relate faith-based beliefs to issues of day-to-day life at work and in society. Beginning with the 2008-2009 academic year, Benedictine University will offer a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. The program will prepare students with the communication skills and general knowledge to succeed in a wide variety of careers. “The study of theology is relevant to any career which requires critical thinking, analysis, writing and teamwork,” said Christine Fletcher, Ph.D. assistant professor of Religious Studies at Benedictine University. “It will help students choose a good way to make a living as they construct a good human life.” Although theology is usually taught as preparation for ministry, Benedictine’s theology program is designed for students who want to pursue careers in law, business, education, science or communications. Students should be as intellectually sophisticated about their faith as their secular career. Students who choose a theology major can combine it with other programs to allow them to graduate with a dual major, or they can major in theology and minor in education, science or business. They would also be qualified to pursue advanced degrees in theology or pastoral ministry. Benedictine University is also offering a certificate program in theology. The Theology in Life Certificate Program aims to present Catholic theology in a course structure designed for a lay person who wishes a deeper understanding of the application of Catholic theology to the great questions of human life. The certificate program requires students to take four courses: “Theology of Love” examines the concept of “God is Love” as the basis for all theological work; “Theology of Freedom” examines the concept of freedom as it relates to the problems of evil, human action and creativity; “Theology of Justice” examines the idea of justice in relation to the redeeming death of Christ and issues of individual and social justice; and “Theology and Science” examines the relationship of faith and reason. For more information about the Theology major or the Theology in Life Certificate Program at Benedictine University, contact the College of Liberal Arts at (630) 829-6247 or visit the Web site at http://www.ben.edu/programs/liberal_arts.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.