Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Religion and the Arts

True art has a close affinity with the world of faith, so that, even in situations where culture and the Church are far apart, art remains a kind of bridge to religious experience. Saint John Paul II

Biblical movie poster from the collection
of Santa Fe Institute.

Choosing a concentration in Religion and the Arts will give students the ability to apply the dynamic cross sections of philosophy and theology to the very nature and role of art in society and in the Church. They can choose from a variety of courses that reflect the interplay of religion and culture. Through their study and research, students discover how art interprets the human experience - learning what ails our contemporary society, what gives it life and joy, and how God is made manifest through the fine arts.

Students may choose to pursue either the MA Theology or the Concurrent MA Option while concentrating in Religion and the Arts. In the Concurrent MA Option they can expect to explore topics related to philosophical and theological aesthetics. Other philosophy courses address fundamental questions, including the nature of human creativity; and the relationship of art to the Transcendent and the Divine?


Studio Art Course - So that all students come away with a basic understanding of fine arts,  a studio art course in any area of the performing arts, including creative writing, is required and can be obtained through the GTU, CARE or UC Berkeley.

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Always consult the Student Handbook for program details. 

DSPT Faculty

Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, OP, Theological aesthetics
Fr. Michael Morris, OP, Religion and the Arts
Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP, Philosophical aesthetics
Fr. Chris Renz, OP, Creative Intuition; Liturgy
Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP, History


Kathryn Barush, Art History and Religion
Harry Cronin, CSC, Theological Aesthetics, Theater
Ron Nakason Buddhist, Art and Culture
Rossitza Schroeder,  Art History, Medieval Studies
Devin Zuber, American Studies, Literature

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