Crest
Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Accepting applications for Fall 2017

Learn more

Illustrations and print materials from St. Dominic's Press, England

Blackfriars Gallery Exhibit

We asked our students, faculty and alumni what is so special about DSPT?

Watch Video

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

Explore DSPT

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

Explore DSPT

What makes DSPT unique?

Read what our students think!

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

Explore DSPT
Sign up for our newsletter & learn more about the DSPT Difference

Highlights

The Metaphysics of Goodness, by Anselm Ramelow, OP

In April, Fr. Anselm will be offering a free seminar course open to Cal and GTU students through the Berkeley Institute.

Michael Dodds receives the highest honor!

Watch this video featuring Michael Dodds, OP, Bryan Kromholtz, OP and Augustine Thomspon, OP and learn more about the Master of Sacred Theology - the highest honor bestowed by the Dominican Order.

2017 Dominican Colloquium in Berkeley

Scholars will be coming from around the world for this 2nd triennial colloquium. Philosophers and theologians will engage in conversation around the topic Person, Soul and Consciousness. Register now to attend!

New Academic Offering - Person, Soul & Consciousness

What is a person? What does the notion of a soul add to that of a state of consciousness? This focused, collaborative course of study begins Fall 2017 and includes specifically designed seminar courses, guest lectures and more.

MA Theology Exam Option now available

For students wishing to focus their Master of Arts studies more on coursework, our theology department has developed this program to culminate in an exam rather than a thesis.

Spring 2017 Courses

Take a look at the classes we are offering this Spring: Embodiment, Western Social Thought, Natural Law, Religion and Cinema and more.

Why DSPT? Watch this video and learn about DSPT

We asked our students, faculty and alumni what makes DSPT so special. Hear what they had to say.

What is Dominican Education?

We hold that philosophy and theology are two facets of a single conversation, taking into account both the insights that are discovered by human reason and those that are only accessible to us as they are revealed in Scripture and tradition.

Explore DSPT

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

John Thomas Mellein, OP

My aim is to help students encounter the wisdom of Western Philosophical thought and to acquire facility in reading ancient and medieval authors (especially Thomas Aquinas) so that they can continue further reading on their own. I strive to find connections between philosophical truths and modern daily life in order to make the ideas more accessible.

Bryan Kromholtz, OP

I am a student, first and last, of St. Thomas Aquinas. Every time I have gone searching within the various nooks and crannies of his work, I have emerged with treasured insights that are worth bringing out into the light of day. What I most enjoy about what I do is helping students with their own projects – what excites them.

Discover what we offer

Systematic and Philosophical Theology

We hold that philosophy and theology are two facets of a single conversation, taking into account both the insights that are discovered by human reason and those that are only accessible to us as they are revealed in Scripture and tradition.

Fine Arts in the Dominican Tradition

Our programs allow you to integrate the fine arts with philosophy and theology in three areas of concentration: Religion and the Arts, Sacred Arts and Aesthetics.

Our Learning Environment

Our Faculty value the necessary and fruitful partnership between philosophy and theology, creating a communal learning environment suffused with this interdisciplinary approach.

Twentieth-Century Thomism Class

This class is designed to present a survey of some of the twentieth-century Thomists, and examine the development of the thought of St. Thomas in dialogue with the challenges of modernity and the problems of contemporary society.

Sign up for our newsletter & learn more about the DSPT Difference