Bachelor of Arts in Theology



The Bachelor of Arts (BA) 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, and Magisterial documents, and some very significant textbooks in each field.

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.
  • CDU’s one-of-a-kind program Academic Skills online course helps adult learners ease back into the rigors of college work with a seminar that teaches online academic writing, time and task management, and study skills.

Lifelong Formation
Analyzes and synthesizes the key concepts and vocabulary of Catholic theology at a BA level, including Scripture and Tradition, and the documents of the Church.

Exhibits an understanding of how Catholic theology informs the Christian vocation in the world.

Faith Development
Analyzes and synthesizes the key concepts and vocabulary of Catholic theology, at a BA level, including Scripture and Tradition, and the documents of the Church.

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 the role of philosophy in the study of theology..

Communication for Community
Analyzes and synthesizes the key concepts and vocabulary of Catholic theology, including Scripture and Tradition, and the documents of the Church.

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.

Collaboration for the Common Good
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 ideas that may contradict the teachings of the Catholic Church.

  • 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 a minimum of 48 undergraduate, core curriculum credits earned before applying.
    • 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 (C 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 (C 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 3
SCRPT 330 Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History 3
THEO 304 Foundations of Catholicism* 3
THEO 313 God, Man and the Universe 3
THEO 332 Jesus Christ: God, Man, and Savior 3
THEO 342 The Four Constitutions of Vatican II 3
THEO 353 Sacraments: Masterworks of God 3
THEO 468 Principles of Moral Theology 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 transfer undergraduate credits, providing they meet the requirements of the program (Catholic theology from a Catholic institution).  Credits must have been earned no more than five years prior to transfer and approved by the Academic Dean who determines if transfer credits align with the CDU theology 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 the 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 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
Math and information technology –must be completed at another institution (i.e. mathematics, statistics, computer usage) 6 credit hours
Foreign language
(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.

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).

 

"I appreciate the flexibility with the program design and find the level of the faculty to be superb.  One specific facet I truly enjoy is the participation in the on-line discussion groups.  I have had the privilege of being involved in some truly wonderful and enlightening sessions."

- George F. Klueber
2014