Purpose

The S.T.L. degree offered by Sacred Heart Major Seminary is an ecclesiastical degree in pastoral theology with a focus on the New Evangelization. The Pontifical University of St. Thomas (The Angelicum) in Rome confers the degree through the faculty of SHMS.

Admissions

For the admissions process and requirements, please click here.

Goals

  • Have an advanced understanding of biblical, theological and magisterial principles of the New Evangelization. Demonstrate the ability to apply these principles in analyzing scholarship and in assessing both existing and proposed programs of evangelization.
  • Have an advanced understanding of the principles of spirituality that are essential for evangelization. Based on this understanding of both the sanctifying and charismatic dimensions of the Spirit’s work, be able to apply this understanding in assessing programs of evangelization.
  • Have an advanced knowledge of how the theological, spiritual and methodological components of evangelization express themselves in various times, places and cultural settings.
  • Have an advanced understanding of the cultural milieu in which evangelization takes place. Be able to evaluate positive and negative features of the cultural environment. Be able to articulate what inculturation and transformation of culture would mean in such situations. 
  • Be familiar, both on a theoretical and pastoral level, with contemporary models, programs and movements of evangelization and be able to analyze and assess them from theological, spiritual and methodological perspectives. 
  • Be familiar, both on a theoretical and practical level, with leadership skills necessary for evangelization, including actual experience in the field.
  • Course of Study (48 credit hours)

    Common Courses - 8 credits:

    Required (4 credits):

    STL 910

    Early, Medieval and Renaissance Christology

    2 cr

    STL 911

    Christology in the Third Millennium

    2 cr

    Any two of the following (4 credits):

    STL 915

    Historical Aspects of Revelation

    2 cr

    STL 916

    Systematic Issues in Revelation

    2 cr

    STL 918

    The Structure of Particular Churches

    2 cr

    STL 919

    Marriage Preparation

    2 cr

    STL 920

    The Holy Spirit in the New Testament

    2 cr

    STL 922

    Evangelization in the New Testament

    2 cr

    STL 924

    Social Teachings of the Church

    2 cr

    STL 925

    The Synod of Bishops

    2 cr

    STL 926

    Theology of the Laity

    2 cr

    STL 928

    The Mission of the Spirit

    2 cr

    STL 975

    The Gospel of John

    2 cr

    STL 976

    The Letter to the Hebrews

    2 cr

    STL 978

    The Synoptic Gospels

    2 cr

    STL 980

    Acts of the Apostles and the New Evangelization

    2 cr

    Specialization Courses - 24 credits:

    Required (18 credits):

    STL 865

    Theology of the New Evangelization

    3 cr

    STL 868

    Evangelization and Spirituality

    3 cr

    STL 871

    Cultural Milieu of the New Evangelization

    3 cr

    STL 872

    Models of Evangelization: Historical and Contemporary

    3 cr

    STL 977

    The Letters of Paul and the New Evangelization

    3 cr

    Any two of the following (6 credits):

     

    STL 875

    Vatican Council II: History, Theology, and Spirituality

    3 cr

    STL 902

    Hermeneutics and Exegesis: Key issues for the New Evangelization

    3 cr

    STL 907

    Devotional Practices and the New Evangelization

    3 cr

    STL 908

    The Family: School of Evangelization

    3 cr

    STL 941

    Catechesis and Evangelization

    3 cr

    STL 944

    The Apostolic Fathers and Evangelization

    3 cr

    STL 946

    History of Christian Missions (Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox)

    3 cr

    STL 948

    History of Evangelization in the U.S.

    3 cr

    STL 949

    The Teaching Office of the Church

    3 cr

    STL 950

    Life Issues and the New Evangelization

    3 cr

    STL 952

    Theology of the Body

    3 cr

     

    Seminar Courses - 6 credits

    Required (2 credits):

     
    STL 876 Evangelization Practicum 2 cr

    Any two of the following (4 credits):

     
    STL 930 Theological Anthropology / New Evangelization 2 cr
    STL 931 Moral Aspects of Theological Anthropology 2 cr
    STL 935 Apologetics, Mass Media and the New Evangelization 2 cr
    STL 936 Preaching and the New Evangelization 2 cr
    STL 983 Directed Readings I 2 cr

     

    Elective Courses - 8 credits:

    Any four of the following (8 credits):

     
    STL 963 John Paul II and Mariology 2 cr
    STL 966 Christianity and the World Religions 2 cr
    STL 967 Ecumenism: Theological and Pastoral Issues 2 cr
    STL 970 The Paschal Mystery 2 cr
    STL 971 Christology and Christian Identity in St. Augustine 2 cr
    STL 973 Women and Evangelization in the Christian Tradition 2 cr
    STL 974 AOD: Social and Cultural Analysis 2 cr
    STL 979 Leadership:  Principles and Practices 2 cr

     

    Thesis - 2 credits:

    STL 989 Integrating Thesis Seminar 2 cr

    Students are required to complete a thesis of 75-100 pages in length under the direction of a faculty member, as well as a public lecture (the lectio coram) of at least 1.5 hours duration before a board of examiner, including questions and answers. The thesis as well as the public lecture must represent a substantial and sustained intellectual endeavor related to the New Evangelization.

    STL 9891 Continuing STL Thesis 1 cr

    This course is provided for the student who does not complete the thesis during the semester he / she registered for the STL 989.  The course is required for each semester that a student wishes to use the library for thesis research or to have contact with the thesis director until the thesis is completed.

    NOTE: Courses in the New Evangelization completed at SHMS at the Master’s level will transfer towards the requirements for the S.T.L. degree.

    Program Requirements

  • A minimum of 48 credit hours must be earned through completion of the course of study.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 is required.
  • A maximum of fifteen hours may be applied to the degree from other institutions or from other credit earning options.
  • The program must be completed in six years from time of matriculation.  Under extenuating circumstances, a student may request an extension in writing from the Dean of Studies.
  • Students must participate in program assessment, including completion of a Graduate Student Questionnaire during the final year of study. 
  • STL Degree Prerequisites

    Checklist of requirements needed to be accepted into the STL degree program - click here:

    Course Descriptions

    These can be found in the 2015-2016 Bulletin - click here.

    STL Program Requirements

    Requirements for the STL degree - click here:

    Thesis Directors

    For a list of the current faculty qualified to direct the thesis  - click here:

    Thesis Style

    Chicago Manual of Style governs style questions with the latest Turabian edition adequate for most purposes.

    The length of the thesis should be 75-100 pages.  Bound copies of thesis are in the library for examination.

    Thesis Proposal

    Information about how to proceed with the thesis - click here: 

    Thesis Grading Rubric

    Grading guidelines used by the director and reader - click here:

    Thesis and Lectio coram Sequence

    Information about how to proceed with the Thesis and Lectio coram - click here:

    Lectio coram Guidelines

    These guidelines are effective for students' enrolling beginning in the 2013-2014 Academic Year. - click here:  A sample of lectio coram proposals can be requested from the lection coram coordinator. 

    Lectio coram Grading Rubric

    Grading guidelines used by committee - click here:

    Evangelization Practicum

    Information about how to proceed with the Evangelization Practicum - click here: