Purpose

The purpose of the Certificate program is to provide students with a course of study in the area of the foundations of Catholic theology.  This course of study constitutes fulfillment of the requirements for archdiocesan professional certification of lay ecclesial ministers, and it may be used as a component of the Associate of Arts in Ministry (A.A.M.) degree or the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree.

Certificate Goals

  • To demonstrate the use of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Sacred Scripture, and some conciliar documents for the study of Catholic theology.
  • To identify the basic tenets of the Catholic faith
  • Course of Study (13 credit hours)

    THE 123 Introduction to Catholic Faith 2 cr
    THE 210 Introduction to Liturgy and Sacraments 2 cr
    THE 219 Introduction to the Catholic Church 2 cr
    THE 249 Introduction to Sacred Scripture 3 cr
    THE 243 Introduction to Spirituality 2 cr
    THE 274 Introduction to Moral Theology 2 cr  

    Program Requirements

  • A minimum of 13 credits must be earned through completion of the course of study.
  • A minimum of seven semester hours of credit must be earned at SHMS.
  • The student must maintain a C average (2.0).
  • The student must participate in an assessment process of the program.
  • Undergraduate course descriptions can be found here.

    Our Bulletins for this and past academic years can be found here

    Admissions

    Admissions information for the Certificate in Catholic Theology can be found here