The Theology Department of SLUH offers a four-year required curriculum, which consists of:
- A seven semester program of required courses in which the general scope and sequence, overall goals and objectives, student work load and student evaluation are basically consistent among teachers at each level.
- A one semester program of electives in the second semester of the senior year in which specific topics are pursued in greater depth and perhaps with more creativity and student independence than in the required courses.
This curriculum is designed to:
- Inform students about the major elements of the Catholic Faith,
- Encourage them to interiorize this faith,
- Incorporate their faith into their daily lives,
- Encourage the practical habits of personal prayer and reflection.
Teachers strive to present students with reading material, lectures, classroom activities and student assignments that are:
- Appropriate to the developmental stages of adolescent faith,
- Consistent with the expectations we have of students in a College Preparatory academic program,
- Reflective of Jesuit pedagogical philosophy and traditions,
- Faithful to Church teaching as found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other key sources of magisterial teaching.
Faith formation and religious education are the responsibility of the entire SLUH community. Accordingly, we seek to collaborate with the Campus Ministry team, the Community Service program, other academic departments and, especially, with parents who are their son’s first and most important teachers in matters of faith. Finally, we seek to keep Christ ever before the eyes of our students and at the center of all that we do as teachers. We claim Jesus as the model, message, and incarnation of a truly generous and loving God and a fully human “man for others.”