Theology

Faith in search of understanding

Study your graduate degree in theology in a distinctive environment. Read core texts, engage in ecumenical seminars and attend theological academic conferences. Share the gift of a rigorous, faithful and well-founded theological education through a career in teaching, research or ministry.

Theology & the Living Tradition 

Theology is a faithful listening to and systematic, methodical articulation of the message of the Word of God revealed by deeds and words. This revelation began in Israel, culminated in Jesus Christ, himself both the mediator and sum total of Revelation, and, through him, was transmitted in the living tradition of the Church.  

Engage in the Life of the Church

The Department of Theology continually involves itself in academic programs and endeavors aimed at enriching the life of both the University community as well as the Church. Some of the current programs and past projects include:

  • Seminar on the Development of Early Catholic Christianity Co-founded by UD theology professor Fr. David Balas, this ecumenical seminar meets four times a year and offers papers primarily on first and second century Christianity.
  • International Bible Commentary Dr. William Farmer, a research scholar at UD, guided the publication of this one volume, Catholic, ecumenical commentary. Scholars from six continents contributed to this publication, which has recently been translated into Spanish and Dutch and will soon be translated into Italian, French, German, and Russian.
  • Conference on Anti-Judaism in the Gospels Organized by UD's theology department, this national conference brought Jewish and Christian scholars to the university for an interfaith discussion on the question of the portrayal of Judaism in the Gospels.
  • Conference on the Eucharist Gathering speakers from all over the country, the University of Dallas theology department hosted this ecumenical scholars' conference to discuss the notion of sacrifice in the Eucharist.

 

News

Professors Awarded NEH Grant to Support Writing Programs

Chair and Assistant Professor of English Debra Romanick Baldwin, Ph.D., and Professor of Physics and recent Interim Dean of Constantin College Sally Hicks, Ph.D., have secured a $299,078 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support writing instruction at UD for the fall 2020 semester.

+ Read More

You Can Do What with a (Spanish) Degree?

His first step was to enroll in physician’s assistant school at Baylor’s College of Medicine, a career trajectory to which he had aspired since his early childhood. Nowadays, Jonathan Cunningham, BA ’17, is dedicated to the vocational pursuit of comfort and healing at MD Anderson in Houston, among the largest cancer treatment centers in the U.S., where he was once a chemotherapy patient himself.

+ Read More

History Alumnus Heads National Catholic Bioethics Center

During his Rome semester in 1991, Joseph Meaney, BA '93, with his friends (now Father) Kevin Cook, BA '94, and (now Texas State Representative and UD Trustee) Tan Parker, BA '93, attended a private Mass with Pope St. John Paul II. Several weeks earlier, they had hand-delivered a letter to the Swiss Guards outside St. Peter's requesting the Mass and including their contact information; at last, they'd received the phone call instructing them to be at the Bronze Gates at 5 a.m.

+ Read More