The goal of the department is to provide the opportunity, atmosphere, and education for students to grow in their understanding of the Christian faith and to engage their faith in fostering a commitment to make the world a more just and peaceful place in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

  1. Interpret scripture and recognize that they are a part of the story, and come to understand Tradition in order to understand the content of Christianity and their role in the Christian tradition.
  2. Examine the nature and ultimate reality of the human person as revealed in Christ Jesus, described in scripture, and understood through our shared human experience.
  3. Understand the nature and content of sacramentality in community, in experience, personal faith life, and in the Church.
  4. Describe the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph and articulate how this spirituality is rooted in right relationship and expressed through social justice.
Four credits in Theology are required for graduation.

Courses Available For 2018-19

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  • TH 201 Sacred Scripture, Our Story

    (1 credit, freshmen)
    Sacred Scripture, Our Story invites students to better understand all of salvation history as revealed in Sacred Scripture. Students will reflect on thematic considerations which run through both Old and New Testaments, such as God’s unconditional love, unfailing mercy, invitation to freedom and eternal presence. During first semester, students will seek the truth in the Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures through the lens of the following questions: Who is God? Who are we as humans? Who are we in relationship to God? And what is our role in salvation history? During second semester students will consider their own developing image of Jesus, study Jesus as a man of history, and reflect on Christ as the God of their faith. Students will delve into the New Testament, particularly the four gospels, and discover its message for them. All Scripture will be taught as a source of reflection and guidance for living in our contemporary culture. Students will discover how the Holy Spirit works in mysterious and wonderful ways, calling us to be more and more open to the life of God that is within each of us.
  • TH 206 Church History: Moments in the Life of the Church

    (.5 credit, sophomores)
    This course examines the history of Christianity from its beginnings at Pentecost to the contemporary situation of our present day. Students will study the early, medieval, and modern periods of Church history. The course will emphasize significant movements, central figures, crucial events, major controversies, and important ecumenical councils that have shaped the contours of Christian history. Special attention will be paid to the development of sacraments and the evolution of Church teachings over the course. Likewise, this course will foster a deeper understanding of the Church as both an historical and sacramental presence in the world and cultivate an appreciation for relevance of Christianity’s past to its present. The corresponding courses in the USCCB Curriculum Framework are History of the Catholic Church, Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church, and Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Christ.
  • TH 208 Experiencing God in the New Testament

    (.5 credit, sophomores)
    This course allows the students to better understand Jesus as the man of history and the Son of God of their faith. Students delve into the New Testament, particularly the Gospels, and discover its message for them. “Who do others say that I am? Who do you say that I am?” Mt 16:13-16 (adapted) This course introduces the students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, and the ultimate revelation to us from God. In learning about who Christ is, the students learn who Christ calls them to be. The corresponding courses in the USCCB Curriculum Framework are Who Is Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church, and The Mission of Jesus Christ / Paschal Mystery.
  • TH 218 Social Justice

    (.5 credit, juniors)
    This course examines the response of Catholics and the Catholic Church to present and emerging social injustices as well as the challenges of the modern world. Responses and injustices are examined through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching. Students are encouraged to develop an awareness of local, national and global injustices. The course instills an awareness that fuels a growth in living our Catholic faith. The corresponding course in the USCCB Curriculum Framework is Living as Disciples of Jesus Christ in Society.
  • TH 221 World Religions

    (.5 credit, juniors)
    After a basic introduction to the common elements of religion: worship, revelation and community, this course examines some primal religions as well as the religions of Judaism and Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Emphasis is placed on origins, major concepts, scriptures and important rituals of each religion. The corresponding course in the USCCB Curriculum Framework is Ecumenical and Interreligious Issues.
  • TH 225 ACC Introduction to Women's/Gender Studies

    (.5 credit, seniors)
    This course, an extension of Social Justice, places women and gender at the center of inquiry. It provides the students with an insight, through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, into some of the historical foundations, theoretical concepts, political manifestations, and social injustices that are the cause of oppression for women, children and men, locally, nationally, and globally. The students will engage the questions: How can we rid the world of oppression, and how can we work to change social structures for the equality of all of God’s people? This course also has a service learning component. The corresponding course in the USCCB Curriculum Framework is Living as Disciples of Jesus Christ in Society.
    (Instructor/department chair approval required)
  • TH 230 Death and Dying: A Study of Moral Perspectives

    (.5 credit, seniors)
    This course initiates an exploration of death and its place in life. The stages of dying and grieving as well as attitudes regarding the process of death are examined. In addition, certain moral dilemmas such as suicide and extraordinary means of maintaining life are considered in light of contemporary moral teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • TH 233 The Challenge of Discipleship

    (.5 credit, seniors)
    This course is designed to challenge the student to know her faith and understand how what she believes impacts her life. She will be called to honestly evaluate where she is on her spiritual journey and learn how to grow in faith throughout her life. She will recount and apply the recurring themes of Scripture and the teachings of Jesus to everyday life. She will learn the process of discernment in an effort to determine God’s will. She will explore vocation options that may help her create a fulfilling and joyful future. Students will practice various methods of prayer and will have the opportunity to reflect on her values in order to prepare for the challenges of life in college and beyond. The corresponding course in the USCCB Curriculum Framework is Responding to the Call of Jesus Christ.
  • TH 235 ACC Theological Foundations - Concepts and Methods for Understanding Christian Faith

    (.5 credit, seniors)
    This course is geared for the theology student who wants to be challenged at the collegiate level. This capstone course seeks to build an advanced understanding of the whole of theology through its parts: Sacred Scripture; Christology and Ecclesiology; Morality and Social Justice; Catholicism’s relationships with Judaism and Islam; and Catholic theology in a global context. Emphasis is placed on challenging students to acquire the targeted skills of reading, writing and speaking theologically. Students are encouraged to consider how critical, careful and creative theological questioning can deepen their faith and understanding of the human condition.
    (Instructor/department chair approval required)


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St. Joseph’s Academy is a private, Catholic high school for girls in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Our mission is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.

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