Academic Programme For Theology Department (Rules As In Philosophy Programme, Except The Following)

In addition to its primary purpose of forming candidates for the Catholic priesthood, the theology department prepares its candidates for the award of the bachelor’s degree in theology of the Pontifical Urban University, Rome. To gain this degree, candidates would have to complete a minimum of 130 credits spread out in an integral fashion to cover all the subject areas in the discipline of theology. For this reason we have the following subject areas:

1 Dogmatic/Systematic Theology (This Subject Area Includes Courses In Dogmatic Theology, Sacramental Theology And Ecclesiology).

2. Moral Theology (Included Are Fundamental Moral, Moral Theology And Catholic Social Teaching).

3. Biblical Studies (These Include Fundamental Scripture, Exegesis And Biblical Theology).

4. Fundamental Theology

5. Liturgical Studies (Fundamental Liturgy And Liturgy).

6. Spiritual Theology

7. Ministerial Courses

  • Pastoral Theology
  • Missiology
  • Canon Law
  • Pastoral Psychology
  • Islam
  • Church History
  • Catechetics
  • Patrology
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Biblical Greek
  • African Christian Theology

8. Auxiliary Courses (Non Credit)

  • Fundamenttal Civil Law
  • Management
  • Accountancy
  • Communication
  • Use Of English

As has been the rule, candidates who fail to obtain the minimum pass mark in up to four courses in any given semester are to discontinue. The table below shows the minimum credits to be gained by each candidate in the seven areas and the distribution of the credits as it applies to the four classes



1 2 3 4 5 5 7 8
YR. I 0 4 4 4 2 2 10 26
YR. II 10 4 5 0 4 2 12 37
YR. III 10 4 6 0 4 2 12 38
YR. IV 10 6 6 0 2 1 4 29
TOTAL 30 18 21 4 12 7 38 130

Each candidate for the degree of B.Th must present an approved thesis on an area of one’s choice due in the 1st semester of the fourth year. Prior to preparation all thesis topics must receive the approval of the Head of Department of theology. Credit points shown against each course are equal to the number of hours a course is offered in one week.

All credits, both total requirements and those allotted to individual areas are only minimum, that means that, a student could gain more but never less than that. In the normal circumstances, a student would be expected to gain more considering that formation for the priesthood takes precedence over degree requirements.

A student generally covers the 130 credits minimum requirement in his third year of theology. But the student continues to the fourth year because of formation requirements. At the end of the fourth year of theology, a student must have covered at least 150 credits.