Theology and Philosophy Department
Theology and Philosophy are the "sister sciences" that help us to understand the world around us; theology builds on what we receive in faith through God's revelation and philosophy builds on what we receive through thoughtful consideration of the world around us.
While the department emphasizes the Roman Catholic and Franciscan heritage of the University, students of other traditions will find courses among the department’s offerings that challenge them to consider the essential questions of life’s meaning in light of their own traditions.
Students in the Theology-Philosophy Department become informed and articulate persons who are prepared for careers of service in the church and society. Their involvement in the Theology-Philosophy department will introduce them to the spirit of the Catholic university as presented by Pope John Paul II in Ex Corde Ecclesiae. We also encourage students to develop their own spirituality in the course of their studies as well as to participate in supervised internships that prepare them for leadership roles in ministry to the church.
Teaching in the Catholic School System
Our "Theology Teacher Track" is designed for students who wish to teach religion in a Catholic School. Iowa does not grant a teaching license to students in Theology; however, the Diocese of Sioux City will award students who complete this program a Religion Teacher’s certificate.
The following internships are available for theology majors and/or minors. These are unpaid opportunities which can be done for college credit:
- Instructors of religious education
- RCIA sponsors, presenters and leaders
- Youth ministry in Sioux City parishes
- Clinical Pastoral Education Program (CPE) at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa