College of Liberal Arts
Department of Theology
Chair: Fr. James Donohue, C.R.
Professors: Fr. James Donohue, David McCarthy
Associate Professors: Sr. Mary Kate Birge, S.S.J.
Assistant Professors: Paige Hochschild, Barrett Turner, Luis Vera
About the Department of Theology
Courses offered in the Department of Theology aim to promote a reflective exploration of
the religious dimension of human experience;
the sources and historical development of the Christian, and in particular the Roman Catholic, religious tradition;
the major themes in the Christian understanding of the relation between God and human beings;
the relations among Christianity, other religions and contemporary secular culture.
The study of theology offers students an opportunity not only to learn about the Christian religious heritage but also to develop such basic skills as textual interpretation and critical argumentation and to develop a deeper personal sensitivity to the fundamental questions of the meaning of human life in the world.
Emphases in Religious Education, Pastoral Ministry and Youth Ministry
The Department of Theology offers three different emphases for undergraduate students who major or minor in theology: religious education, pastoral ministry and youth ministry. These programs have been designed to meet the needs of the church in the United States for educated lay people who are called to lay ecclesial ministry. Undergraduate students will be exposed to basic theological orientations and skills that will assist them to develop their own spirituality and gifts for service and ministry to children, youth and adults in the Christian community.
Professional Certification for Youth Ministers and Catechists
The department’s certification programs for youth ministers and catechists are designed for lay people who are actively involved in pastoral ministry, or for individuals who are seeking to begin such involvement. The certification programs offer lay people the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and to improve their skills for engagement in the areas of catechesis and youth ministry. Completion of the required theology courses qualifies the candidate for certification offered through the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
The core curriculum at Mount St. Mary’s University is called the Veritas Program. This program is designed to enable students to become informed heirs and active makers of their culture.