Bachelor's Degree in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.): Morning program


Submission of applications:
Start: January 9, 2017
End: September 1, 2017.

Duration:
3 years (Full-time study)
 


Credits: 180 ECTS
Places available: 50, Spanish

The Bachelor of Theology (S.T.B.) is the Degree in Theology awarded in the name of the Holy See. The course lasts three years, which must be preceded by a philosophical biennium, and offers the possibility to study and investigate Catholic doctrine, taken from Sacred Scripture and Tradition, and thus help, through scientific research, to present the mystery of Christ with increasing clarity taking account of the great contemporary cultural movements.

It is a higher education course for all students in the various theological disciplines (Systematic Theology, Morality, Sacred Scripture, History of the Church, Pastoral Theology, Liturgy, etc.), according to Catholic doctrine. In accordance with the foundational aims of the faculty, it offers special theological and human preparation to those preparing themselves for priesthood or other church ministries.

Theology studies also seek to contribute to evangelization and a broader apostolic service to the people of God through reflection, enlightened by the Christian Revelation, on the problems that affect the man of our time.

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Duration: 3 years

New places available: 50

Submission of applications:

January 9 to September 1, 2017

Information about the documentation to submit

Open Day:

Wednesday, April 25, 2017 at 19:00 at Alberto Aguilera, 23

Financial information:

First year: Enrollment: €821.21 Fees: nine monthly installments of €153.18 each.

In the Faculty of Theology/Canon Law, the Rector of Comillas may award some student grants where such aid is clearly justified.

Those who are in that situation, please contact the Comillas student grants office.

Timetable:

Classes begin on September 4, 2017 and are usually taught in the morning, between 09:00 and 13:00

Information point:

The Dean's Office at the Faculty of Theology
C/ Universidad Comillas, 3 28049 Madrid
Tel: 91 540 61 36 Fax: 91 735 97 81
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Admission requirements:

First-cycle studies at the School of Theology (bachelor's degree) are open to anyone who has taken first-cycle studies or graduates in Philosophy (pure) and those who have taken a two-year pre-Theology degree in Philosophy at a higher education centre, holding the corresponding University entrance diploma.

Foreign students whose language of instruction was not Spanish and who wish to take this Bachelor's Degree must provide evidence of their language level by submitting their DELE B2 Diploma (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language), granted by the Cervantes Institute, or from another equivalent language school; in the case of the latter, the Dean of the school, upon consultation with the Institute of Modern Languages of Comillas, shall decide upon their equivalence.

If a student cannot provide the required DELE diploma, he/she must take a language test, organised by the School of Theology at the beginning of the academic year, which will take place at the University's Institute of Modern Languages. Depending on the results obtained in this test, the procedure will be as follows:

  1. If level B2 is obtained, they may start Bachelor's Degree level studies.

  2. In level B1 is obtained, they must take intensive Spanish courses for one semester, until the required level is reached. The University's Institute of Modern Languages, offers an intensive, adapted language course for students with intermediate level, during the first semester of each academic year.

  3. If the level obtained is A-1 or A-2 (basic), they must take exclusive, full-time Spanish courses until the required level is reached.

  • Structure:
    First three-year cycle (assuming two previous years of Philosophy studies, which can be taken at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at our University). This course leads to obtaining the Bachelor's Degree in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.). After completing the first cycle, students can continue to the second and study for the Licentiate degree in Theology (MA) with five specializations: Dogmatic-fundamental Theology, Sacred Scripture, Moral Theology and Praxis of Christian Life, Spiritual Theology and History of the Church. Successfully completing this second cycle provides access to the Doctorate Program.

    Related Postgraduate Programs

  • Credits:
    180 ECTS; twelve of which to be taken in optional modules.

  • Curriculum

 

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Graduate profile

The profile of Graduate in the Bachelor's Degree in Theology (Ecclesiastical Studies) is that of a Christian who has the intelligence and personal appropriation of the Faith of the Church and is able to give the world, in its context, not only "the reasons for their hope" (cf. 1 Pe 3,15) but also reasons to hope.

Graduates have acquired an organic vision of the Revelation as a whole and its main theological issues, together with a synthetic view of the Christian mystery, allowing them to be ecclesiastically recognised to carry out pastoral duties at the Church and to become involved in different ecclesiastical ministries[1].

Through study, reflection and sharing of the Bible and the Tradition, together with current thinking and culture, graduates are able to foster in their communities a deeper, adjusted knowledge of the Revelation, [thus contributing not only to the transmission of faith, but also to education for the Christian community, warning about reductionist, fundamentalist or distorted readings thereof.]

Graduates of the Bachelor's Degree in Theology have sufficient capacity and orientation towards the main areas of Theology, for satisfactory continuation with immediate higher level specialised courses.


[1] “Besides a solid philosophical formation, which is a necessary propaedeutic for theological studies, the theological disciplines must be taught in such a way that what is presented is an organic exposition of the whole of Catholic doctrine, together with an introduction to theological scientific methodology.” (Sapientia Christiana 72)

 

Career prospects
  • Priests: ordination and priesthood education and relevant pastoral work training
  • Religious brothers and sisters: training for all types of pastoral work (group activity coordination, religious education, catechism, spiritual retreat coordination).
  • Secular students: religious education, adult Christian duties in public life, and collective and secular association responsibility.

Consistent with the identity and role of the theologian, his/her academic training must comprise conceptual aspects and a number of theoretical/practical competencies and skills, which we will break down into three levels:

Cognitive Skills (know what)

In accordance with the provisions of Sapientia Christiana, graduates have a wide knowledge of the disciplines comprising the epistemological basis of theology (both general contents and those comprising the different specialisation areas).

Areas of Knowledge: Philosophy, Fundamental Theology, the Bible, Systematic Theology, Liturgy and Sacraments, Patrology and Church History, Moral Theology, Spiritual Theology, Pastoral Theology and Canon Law.

  • They have basic knowledge of philosophy (philosophy biennium) [2] which allows access to theology as a rational reflection on faith.
  • The have achieved sufficient expertise in the main areas of theology mentioned above, to provide reasons and grounds for the affirmations of confession of the faith of the Catholic Christian community, supporting them in the Holy Scripture and the Magisterium. They have also developed expertise on the main theologians of the Christian tradition up to the present day.
  • They have a diversified knowledge on past and present Religion (history and phenomenology of Religion).
  • They know the most basic issues regarding the several scientific methods of interpretation of the Bible and of theology.
  • They have a command of the key principles to distinguish the moral questions of a pluralist society and are able to introduce the Christian proposal into this debate.
  • They have sufficient skills to read and understand theological texts prepared over 20 centuries of history.
  • They have gained a personal synthesis of the main affirmations of the faith and are able to place them in the ecclesiastical history context in which they originated.
  • They have gained liturgical and pastoral knowledge required to carry out the duties and ministers of this degree.
Procedural skills (know how)

The education of the graduates ensures that all skills pertaining to know how have been obtained, that is, those related to the acquisition of all necessary procedures and strategies for the development of the duties of the theologian in the different environments in which they pursue their "occupation".

  • They are able to provide reasons, orally or in writing, to the theological synthesis acquired during their period of training.
  • They identify the social context as a theological place from which they reflect on the Christian faith and construct evangelizing experiences, capable of capturing the different particularities of the diverse sociocultural environments and of different people and to adapt and communicate the Christian message
  • They can integrate in a creative way the information of the Holy Scripture, the tradition and the ecclesiastical Magisterium into theological duties, being able to contextualise them and translate them into different social and cultural situations in which they find themselves, as well as giving a lecture or preparing a writing on current problems of Christian life.
  • They are able to turn into pastoral and pedagogical practice the knowledge and methods of Bible, historical, canonical and theological interpretation acquired.
  • They have basic skills and strategies regarding communication and orientation, help, resolution of moral problems and conflicts which are raised in the ecclesiastic, religious, marriage, social, affective-sexual and bioethical spheres.
  • They have the ability to analyse, argue and organise relevant information on the main dogmas of Christian truth, in a critical, relevant way.
  • They are able to work in a group, exchanging their opinions and participating in discussions and collaborating with other in pastoral, liturgical and social tasks.
  • They have skills to fulfil tasks of community leadership and spiritual accompaniment.
Attitude skills (know why)

Graduates know and act from a certain know why, that is, from the basis of certain values and attitudes that inspire their knowledge and "professional" duties.

  • "They feel with the Church" and are willing to commit to it from the point of view of faith, in the tasks in which they develop their professional skills.
  • They live, in an integrated fashion, the contents of faith they follow in their personal lives and in their activities in the Church, by giving evidence thereof.
  • They carry out their tasks with a special care for development justice in this love.
  • They are able to transmit and generate the hope arising from faith in their world and culture.
  • Respect and the search for fraternal relationships characterise the way in which they express themselves and interact, their way of transmitting the sense and value of their faith, as well as the way they find themselves and engage in dialogue with other religions and value systems.
  • They have the key principles to raise the moral problems correctly in a plural society and are able to offer within that debate the Christian approach without impositions but also without amnesia, from a perspective that is open to dialogue with, listening to and respecting the other.

[2] During the course of this biennium, in addition to several courses on history of philosophy, the courses of logic, natural philosophy, philosophical anthropology, Latin and Greek, language philosophy, religious philosophy, Metaphysics and Ethics will be taken. On the other hand, the historical perspective of thinking provided by these studies will be fundamental to understanding the essentially historical nature of the Revelation.

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