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Theological Explorations (THEO 1) Course Proposal

Theological Explorations (THEO I)

This is the first of two courses focused on theology. Students think critically about sources and themes of the Christian tradition and begin to explore religious engagement with society. This class also includes a grounding in Benedictine Hallmarks such that students are prepared to meet their Raven requirement. The first theology class helps prepare students for the requirement but does not itself carry a Raven designation. Because of this, Theological Explorations is a pre- or co-requisite for the Raven Designation.

Learning Outcomes

Analyzing Texts 1

Students read or interpret a variety of texts for comprehension, adjusting strategies based on the genre, nature of the text and context of the assignment.   

Common Good 1

Students explain the moral dimensions of situations, perspectives, and actions in their lives and recognize that there are competing, yet legitimate, conceptions of what defines the common good.

Religious Engagement 1

Students identify and explain one or more forms of religious engagement with the world.

Theological Reasoning 1

Students identify elements of Christian theological sources, which may include scripture, practices, texts, or art forms. Students explain a theological teaching, doctrine, or theme.

As you are filling out this proposal, please review the THEO 1 teaching guidelines and rubrics available on the Integrations Curriculum website.


In the Integrations Curriculum a course can be designated as either:

    1. A Way of Thinking, AND/OR
    2. A Thematic Encounter or Thematic Focus
    3. CSD: Identity (CI) or CSD: Systems (CS), OR
    4. INTG 100: Learning Foundations, INTG 205: Transfer Seminar, or INTG 300: Learning Integrations (LI), OR
    5. Theological Explorations (TE) or Theological Integrations (TI).

Any course carrying one of the above designations may also have one engagement^, (except for TE, CSD: I, LF, and LI, which cannot carry engagements):

    1. Artistic engagement (AR)
    2. Experiential engagement (EX)
    3. Global engagement (GL) 

Any course may satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning skill requirement.

Any course (except course that fulfill Theological Explorations, Theological Integrations, Learning Foundations, or any course with THEO course number) may also satisfy the Benedictine Raven (BN).

Any 2xx or 3xx, 4-credit course (except for INTG100: Learning Foundations, CSD:I, INTG 105: College Success, and INTG 300 Learning Integrations may satisfy the Writing Skill (WR) requirement.**

^Semester-length study abroad courses may carry both GL and EX.





Basic Course Information

Grading type

Please note: 

A.      The committee understands that some courses may still be in development. Prompts that ask for examples of assignments seek information about the spirit of what students will do and instructors are not bound to the specific details (e.g. writing prompts) provided. 

B.      The committee includes faculty from a variety of disciplines. Please remember to briefly explain disciplinary terms, contexts, and/or texts to allow all the members of the committee to best understand how your responses address the question.

C.      As you are answering these questions, please keep in mind that students will need to produce work to assess their fulfillment of the related learning outcomes if applicable. 



Please note: The same activity or assignment may serve to demonstrate how students will meet more than one learning objective or the component parts of a learning objective.
Analyze Texts I

Common Good

Religious Engagement I

Theological Reasoning I