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Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Our programs integrate philosophy and theology to apply the wisdom of these traditions today.

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We study the questions that matter in the tradition of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

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Pursuing the truth as a community and dialoging with the culture are essential elements of our education.

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Highlights

Matching Gift Campaign Underway

From now until Dec 31, help DSPT raise $100,000 & have your gift matched. New donors, alumni and students - your gifts will be double matched. Please tell your friends & family - thank you!!

Video & Papers from God, Reason and Reality Symposium

A symposium on "God, Reason and Reality", a collection of articles edited by Anselm Ramelow, OP, with Ed Feser as a guest speaker and Michael Dodds, OP, one of the contributors, discussing questions of the existence and nature of God.

Why Philosophy is Important for Theology

We asked various philosophers & theologians why philosophy matters & why it is important for theology. Watch our brief videos to hear John Searle, Linda Zagzebski, Ed Feser, John O'Callaghan, Fred Freddoso and others.

DSPT Areas of Concentration

Focus your research by selecting an area of concentration. Choose from Aesthetics, Biblical Studies, Catholic Social Teaching, Cultural & Historical Studies of Religion, Sacred Arts, Spirituality, Systematic & Philosophical Theology and more.

Dominican Education

We must engage the philosophical and theological tradition on its own terms: the great philosophers and theologians held that there is truth, that the truth can be known and, further, that the pursuit of truth is the highest human vocation.

Sharing the Fruits of Our Contemplation

Michele Johnson, high school theology teacher: "My greatest joy is to teach Christian morality. I guide students to explore the questions that are the most fundamental to who they are. That is my Dominican education at work."

Opening Address for the Academic Year 2014-2015

It seems not enough that we study the philosophical and theological traditions in their entirety. Rather, for the sake of contemporary society and the contemporary academy it appears that we must also make a case for the plausibility of our study.

College of Fellows

To engage culture effectively, we must be conversant not only with the traditional disciplines of philosophy & theology but also with contemporary issues in secular society. The College of Fellows assists us in this important work & in mentoring students.

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Meet our professors and learn about our classes, concentrations and programs to see what makes us unique. Do you have questions? Would you like to sit in on a class? Contact us to get more information or plan a visit.

Faculty spotlight

Michael Dodds, OP

"I am more and more convinced that the thought of Thomas Aquinas has enormous wisdom to offer to contemporary issues in philosophy and theology. His ideas of primary and secondary causality as well as principal and instrumental causality are essential to a theological understanding of divine action - so central to the dialogue between science and theology over the last several decades."

Marianne Farina, CSC

"I want to inspire students to engage in theological/philosophical study and discourse on the critical topics facing today's global communities. I hope that students in the classroom will be inspired to engage in ongoing research of the topics explored in the courses and seminars such that their study will have a positive impact on contemporary issues in Church and society."

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2 Degrees with 1 Thesis

At DSPT, you can earn two Masters degrees (MA Philosophy/MA Theology) with the completion of a single thesis. Several concentrations are available, including Thomistic Studies and Religion & the Arts.

Thomistic Studies Concentration

Our concurrent program in philosophy and theology with a concentration in Thomistic Studies is more than just the study of the texts of St. Thomas - it is an opportunity to apply the method of St. Thomas in approaching contemporary questions.

Philosophy for Theology Class

Specialized according to the DSPT approach of integrated study, this course offers a nuts and bolts survey of watershed moments in the history of Western thought, providing the foundational knowledge and vocabulary for any further theological study.

History of Christianity Class

Never before have the first 1100 years of Christianity been narrated quite like this. Distinguished historian Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP, brings his renowned lecturing skills to the podium with tales of intrigue, blood, miracles, and controversy.

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