Theology Programs

MTS Seminars and Capstone Project Details

MTS Seminars

Frequently Asked Questions

I - Fundamental Concepts of Theological Interpretation (3 units - Summer 2011  June 11 - 30 Every Saturday, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm) What is theological interpretation? This first seminar introduces students to:the metaphysical relation between the infinite God and the finite world in the tradition of Aquinas, establishing the context for a discussion of the interpretive nature of human knowledge of God and the world (esp. the dynamic of analogous language for God);

  • key concepts in modern philosophical hermeneutics; and

  • the nature of revelation and the development of dogma in Aquinas and selected modern authors. Offered during the summer immediately prior to entry.

II โ€“ Application of Theological Interpretation (3 units - Fall 2011, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on the following Saturdays: Sept 10-24, Oct 8-22, Nov 5-19 and Dec 3) How are interpretative methods used in key areas of theological study? Building upon the previous seminar, students apply the theological and hermeneutical principles to topics in four areas of theology: Scripture, ecclesiology, the theology of liberation, and moral theology. Offered as a Saturday seminar in two parts during Year 1.

III โ€“ Integrating Theological Interpretation (3 units) In what ways can we use these methods and the content of theological study in professional planning and decision-making? This seminar focuses on ways students build upon fundamental principles of interpretation and the applied areas of content and method. Through use of case studies, students explore ways in which the Catholic intellectual tradition has addressed theological impasses, historical limitations, and ethical dilemmas. Offered on Saturdays in Fall term of Year 2.

IV โ€“ MTS Capstone (3 units) Students engage in a focused discussion of individual projects as they near completion in their written formulation. Students are expected to use previously learned skills to engage in productive dialog both within and outside of one's own area of expertise. (For project examples, see below.)

Sample Course Layouts for Full-time or Part-time MTS Students DSPT PDF

Capstone Project
The specifics of each project are determined according to the needs and design of each inquiry. Ideas for projects include a field study of a particular focused question or problem related to the student's primary work situation; a research analysis which integrates particular theoretical issues from the student's primary expertise with contemporary topics in the Church, etc.

Each project should address the following questions:

  1. How can I bring these skills or this content into understanding and interpreting contemporary issues in Church and society?

  2. How will the integration of these skills or this content help me in my professional development?

Example Topics/Projects according to Professional Field:

  1. Business:  An investigation that addresses current ethical dilemmas or issues in financial development in order to create new models for decision-making and planning.

  2. Art:  A work of art or a community project, such as an art exhibition in Blackfriars Gallery at DSPT, which uses theological insights to explore contemporary cultural or societal issues.

  3. Medicine: An exploration of contemporary medical issues and concerns, particularly those that engage health care programs for communities of need and health care initiatives that are in keeping with Church teaching.

  4. Social Services:  A program for the renewal and updating of personnel and human resource services, e.g. company policies, health and retirement plans, investment programs etc.

  5. Civil Service:  A plan for elected officials and civil servants to address social needs of their communities in light of the diversity within those communities, and which are committed to the principles of social justice.