Bachelor of Arts in Theology

The Bachelor of Arts in Theology degree completion program helps students expand their knowledge of the Catholic faith and develop the skills needed to competently explain the essential teachings of the Catholic Church using Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, magisterial documents, and significant texts.

Program Requirements:120 credits

  • 39 theology major credits-(24 required credits and 15 theology elective credits)
  • 63 core requirement credits
  • 18 general elective credits
  • The BA program is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized as a national accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The university is also certified as a degree granting institution by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Community and Technical College System.
  • Go 'back to school' with other adult learners who are also busy raising families and working careers.
  • All courses use a distance learning format that allows students to study at a time and place that best suits busy schedules and lifestyles.
  • There are no residency requirements, so unlike many other distance learning programs, there is never the need to drive to a college campus or meeting place.
  • CDU courses provide faithful and systematic teachings of Sacred Scripture, the living tradition of the Church, and the authentic Magisterium, as well as the spiritual heritage of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church.
  • Many adults are nervous about taking an online course. CDU offers a full-time technical help desk that is available daily to answer questions and solve computer issues.
  • At CDU, distance learning is all about creating and building a faith filled learning community. The online student union provides a place for prayer and spiritual support, lively discussions and general conversation, and program-specific question and answer desks.

By the end of the CDU BA in Theology program, a student:

  • Analyzes and synthesizes the key concepts and vocabulary of Catholic theology, including Scripture and Tradition, and the documents of the Church.
  • Exhibits an understanding of how Catholic theology informs the Christian vocation in the world.
  • Exhibits an understanding of the Christian vocation in the world.
  • Exhibits a capacity to explain and apply the relationship between faith and reason within upper-level courses and to explain the role of philosophy in the study of theology.
  • Integrates the basic teachings of Catholic theology, including moral, spiritual, and sacramental theology, and Church history to enable students to evaluate and respond with clarity to contemporary challenges.
  • Exhibits an ability to engage in online discussion that demonstrates a knowledge of the teachings of the Church and how they inform the Christian vocation in the world.


  • Program Requirements:120 credits
    • 39 theology major credits-(24 required credits and 15 theology elective credits)
    • 63 core requirement credits
    • 18 general elective credits (additional classes not used for the major can be taken through CDU)
  • Program time limits: 4 years
  • Application process: Submit program application, $25 application fee, have official transcript(s) submitted from issuing institutions
  • Acceptance:
    • Students must have earned a minimum of 48 undergraduate credits from another institution before applying. CDU will accept a maximum of 60  undergraduate credits from another institution to fulfill core requirement credits.   (Exceptions to the published transfer policy are made at the discretion of the university.)
    • Students who submit official transcripts with credits earned in the past 5 years must have at least a 2.0 GPA from the most recent issuing accredited institution. If the overall GPA is below a 2.0, the student must successfully complete (2.0 grade or higher) a first course at CDU before being accepted into the program and being able to apply for federal financial aid.
    • Students with official transcripts that are over 5 years old must successfully complete (2.0 grade or higher) the first  course at CDU before being accepted into the program and being able to apply for federal financial aid.
    • CDU reserves the right to deny admission to students with more than three transcripts.

For descriptions of both required and elective courses, please consult the online course catalog.

Required Theology Core --24 credits
Course Number Course Title Credits
SCRPT 310 Reading Scripture Theologically - 8Wk 3
SCRPT 330 Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History - 8Wk 3
THEO 304 Foundations of Catholicism* - 8Wk 3
THEO 313 God, Man and the Universe - 8Wk 3
THEO 332 Jesus Christ: God, Man, and Savior - 8Wk 3
THEO 342 The Four Constitutions of Vatican II - 8Wk 3
THEO 353 Sacraments: Masterworks of God - 8Wk 3
THEO 468 Principles of Moral Theology - 8Wk 3

*Students who have already studied Catechism I and II at the AA Level are exempt from taking THEO 304. These students are required to take three additional elective credits.

Theology Electives - 15 credits
Students can fulfill the additional 15 credits of  theology electives by choosing additional CDU courses. Click here to see a full list of undergraduate courses.

Transfer of Theology Credits: Maximum of six undergraduate theology credits can be transferred in. Transfer credit must have been earned no more than five years prior to transfer and grade must be at least a 3.5 and submitted via an official transcript to be evaluated for transfer. Acceptance of transfer credit is at the discretion of the academic dean who determines if transfer credits align with the CDU BA curriculum

About the CDU Core

The CDU Core is a common general educational experience shared by all undergraduate students at CDU. This core reflects our ongoing commitment to academic excellence, the unity of all truth and the integration of faith and reason. Based on CDU’s mission and the vision of a Catholic university laid out by St. John Paul II in Ex corde ecclesiae, the Core is designed to expose our students to the fundamental knowledge, authors, and diverse learning experiences they need to become well-educated Catholics and lights to the nations.

The CDU Core is grounded in the Western intellectual tradition and Ex corde ecclesiae.  The Core seeks to inspire a love for knowledge that edifies society, transforms culture, and advances the common good.  Besides its theology program, one primary way that CDU expresses its commitment to the idea of Catholic higher education, described in Ex corde, is through its Core. CDU’s Core seeks to stimulate students’ desire for knowledge, their appreciation for the unity of all truth, and courage to live an authentic Christian life, both in their specific vocational paths and in their common vocation as human beings.

Core Requirements--63 credits
English Language Arts 9 credit hours
Social sciences
(i.e. history, sociology, economics, political science)
18 credit hours
Natural sciences
(i.e.biology, chemistry, physics, geology)
6 credit hours
Mathematics/Computer Science –must be completed at another institution (i.e. mathematics, statistics, computer usage) 6 credit hours
Classical and Foreign languages
(i.e. modern and/or classical)
6 credit hours
Humanities and Fine Arts- classes available
(i.e. art, music, scripture, theology, ) additional scripture or theology courses not used for the major can be taken through CDU
6 credit hours
Philosophy 12 credit hours

For a description of each of these courses, please consult the online course catalog.

The core requirement  credits must be at the 100 level or higher and one must have received a grade of 2.0 (C) or higher from an accredited institution. Experiential credit cannot be used in place of academic credit.

Core requirements may also be fulfilled via the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) program and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject standardized Testing (DSST).


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