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“The courses I took at DSPT were comprehensive, combining Scripture, the Church Fathers, St. Thomas Aquinas, and modern theologians – but St. Thomas was always the central figure. When I began my doctoral program at The Catholic University of America, the focus of my coursework shifted to twentieth-century theologians: Congar, Rahner, von Balthasar, de Lubac, and Tillard. These scholars are often seen as having abandoned the “scholastic” model of St. Thomas. Yet in their writings they repeatedly assume that their readers are familiar with Thomistic concepts and scholastic terminology. So studying St. Thomas at DSPT turned out to be not only valuable in its own right, but essential preparation for my study of more recent scholars. Colleges that skip straight to the “moderns” actually prevent their students from fully understanding these modern theologians . . . Looking back I have a new appreciation for the amount of writing required [at DSPT]. I see students in my current program who are at a disadvantage because their master’s program wasn’t as rigorous.” -  Lawrence King

“The commitment to academic excellence here is unparalleled, and I see this reflected in my peers, who are some of the most insightful and diligent people I have met.” - Landon Key 

Our reputation for being academically rigorous stems largely from the emphasis we place on the relationship between philosophy and theology. Our classes draw a large number of students from other GTU member schools because we offer a high level of academic rigor. Our teaching centers on the rich intellectual tradition of classical philosophy and Catholic theology, especially as exemplified by St. Thomas Aquinas, and applies that tradition to contemporary ideas. 

The Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, after its most recent Apostolic Visitation, described DSPT in their final report as follows:

The School's academic program is excellent, with the students receiving a substantially complete grounding in dogmatic and moral theology. The faculty is both academically prepared and doctrinally sound.

The courses on the history of philosophy consider in depth the Western tradition from classical Greek philosophy to contemporary European thought. Courses that focus on a specific subject like the theory of knowledge examine the questions involved through the lens of the entire tradition, from the principle Greek thinkers to the most recent European scholars.

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