In consultation with your academic advisor and in keeping with the emphasis of your program, 24 elective units may be chosen. These units may be taken at DSPT, throughout any of the GTU member schools or centers of the GTU, and/or at UC Berkeley.
As a member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), DSPT participates in various focused areas of concentration in theological disciplines that utilize the expertise of consortial (both DSPT and GTU) faculty. In general, students must take four courses in the chosen area of concentration, which may be any combination of both required and elective courses. Students should consult carefully with their academic advisor so as to ensure that they understand and can meet these concentration requirements. Some areas of concentration further specify what courses must be taken.
6 units of “In thesis” allows students time for research and writing towards the completion of a thesis and an oral defense. Students are expected to use the definition of a “credit hour” as the basis for determining their own personal schedules. For example, if taking 3.0 units of “In Thesis,” students should expect to allocate a minimum of 9 hours per week to thesis work.
In addition to the stated institutional goals, students develop:
a foundational knowledge of the fundamental areas of theological inquiry in the Roman Catholic tradition (Biblical Studies, historical theology, dogmatic theology, and moral theology);
a specialized knowledge of one area of theological inquiry (area of concentration) chosen by the student;
the ability to communicate this knowledge effectively through scholarly writing;
the ability to communicate this knowledge effectively through oral presentations and discussions;
the ability to integrate contemporary theological issues with the tradition of the Catholic Church, and where possible with the theological tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Students demonstrate competence in these goals by:
producing a thesis proposal which articulates and effectively communicates clear goals & outcomes for the proposed thesis;
produce a well-written thesis that meets specified criteria, e.g. theological knowledge, writing skills, etc.;
use the oral defense to demonstrate their skills for collaborative learning. While working with faculty on the proposal & thesis and in the oral defense itself, students demonstrate an ability:
to listen attentively to input from faculty on questions or points of disagreement, and
to formulate responses which incorporate issues raised.
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