to offer AB Theology
La Salle University-Manila will soon offer a baccalaureate
degree in Theology. The Religious Studies Department (RSD)
of the College of Liberal Arts will start offering the BA
in Theology next school year.
The new program aims to produce Christian theology professionals
who will become a resource for God and country in whatever
field they pursue, be it public or private, secular or religious.
Graduates are expected to have a solid understanding of the
Christian faith: sacred scripture, church history, creeds,
morality, social teaching and worship. This A.B. Theology
program will enable its graduates to critically interpret
the Christian faith in meeting the challenges of the third
While this program will be beneficial to all members of the
church community, it is especially designed for lay people
who are interested in theology and the study of religion.
RSD chairman Father Daniel Kroger, OFM said that the program
seeks to help students gain a solid background in theology
and critical thinking appropriate to the assessment and interpretation
of religious claims, creeds, texts and practices.
The AB Theology program is recommended as a pre-law course
and for religious journalism and lay pastoral ministries.
Because of the need to ground theological study and research
in the contemporary Philippine context, the students will
be exposed to the social and ecclesial realities of the country
as part of their learning projects. The program expects to
generate valuable, contextualized research papers and theses
exploring different aspects of the Christian religion in the
While the University requires four undergraduate courses equivalent
to 12 units in Religious Studies for all students, it lacks
a culture of theological research and dialogue. For similar
reasons, the Religious Education Department of CED has developed
a graduate program for masteral and doctorate degrees in applied
theology, Father Dan explained.
This is also why the Religious Studies and Religious Education
departments are sponsoring a monthly theology lecture by visiting
theologians. In a related thrust, an interdisciplinary graduate
course in BioTechology and Ethics is also being planned for
students in Biology, Engineering, Philosophy, Education, Theology
Dan further explained that in offering the theology program,
the university does not intend to compete with seminaries
or other theology schools in Metro Manila but seeks to enhance
the number and the quality of lay people who attain a solid
grasp of theology and its methods.
Interested students may avail of the five academic scholarships
that will be offered to qualified and promising applicants.