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Theology

Department Chairperson: Fr. Kevin Scalf, C.PP.S.

Program Director: Fr. Kevin Scalf, C.PP.S.

Faculty: Kevin Considine, Ph.D.; Joan Crist, Ph.D.; Garin Cycholl, Ph.D.; Daniel Lowery, Ph.D.; Fr. Kevin Scalf, C.PP.S.; John Shields, Ph.D.; Elizabeth-Anne Stewart, Ph.D.

From a captivating historical investigation into sacred Scripture, to a life-changing study of the moral life; from a careful study of the Doctrine of God, to an enthusiastic exploration of Catholic Social Justice; from a fascinating foray into Liturgy and Sacraments, to a meaningful pursuit into Christian Spirituality, the Theology program at Calumet College of St. Joseph offers graduates a foundational, yet critical understanding of Christian faith, seated in the Catholic tradition, yet welcoming students of all religious backgrounds and those without any religious background or affiliation.

Students in the Theology program will learn to engage in interfaith and intercultural dialogue and to work for positive social change, based on a Christian vision of the dignity of the human person, reconciliation, peace, justice, and the flourishing of all creation.

  • Mission Statement
  • Objectives
  • Faculty
  • Quotes
  • Partners
  • Career Opportunities

Mission Statement

As an academic discipline within a Catholic university, the Theology program is committed to implementing the four essential characteristics of a Catholic university described in the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities, Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

Since the objective of a Catholic university is to assure in an institutional manner a Christian presence in a university world that is confronting the great problems of society and culture, every Catholic university, as Catholic, must have the following essential characteristics:

  • A Christian inspiration not only of individuals but of the university community as such.
  • A continuing reflection in the light of the Catholic faith upon the growing treasury of human knowledge, to which it seeks to contribute by its own research.
  • Fidelity to the Christian message as it comes to us through the church.
  • An institutional commitment to the service of the people of God and of the human family in their pilgrimage to the transcendent goal that gives meaning to life (para. 13).

Rooted in Tradition

Rooted in Roman Catholic tradition, the Theology program engages dialogue with diverse traditions and academic approaches to the study of theology. We strive to:

  • Engage in genuine search for truth through conversation between faith and reason,
  • Critically examine religious dimensions of human knowledge and experience with particular emphasis on theological inquiry,
  • Explore how faith promotes justice,
  • Support and challenge students to become authentically free human beings with an ability and desire to understand and serve our world—especially through constructive dialogue with its diverse religious and humanistic traditions, and
  • Collaborate with each other as well as faculty from across the College in our teaching, research, and service for the common good.

Objectives of the Theology Program

These objectives reflect a high regard for the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers, the needs of the Catholic Diocese of Gary and our sister Christian communities in the Region, the mission of the College, and the charism of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood as guiding ideals. Graduates will

  • Appreciate, analyze, and apply an understanding of the dignity of human persons and communities as foundational to theological study and ministerial relationships.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth and coherence of Christian theological studies.
  • Apply moral principles and ethical guidelines from Catholic teaching to issues in ministry and contemporary life.
  • Create positive social change based on the relationship between faith and justice from a Catholic, ecumenical, inter-religious, and global perspective.

In addition, graduates in the Ministry Concentration will demonstrate a range of leadership, communication, and pastoral skills necessary to function effectively in ministry.

Systematics Concentration Learning Objectives

Graduates in the Systematics Concentration will:

  • know the key ideas and works of major thinkers in the Western philosophical tradition that provide the groundwork for systematic theologies; and
  • demonstrate the research, writing, and classical language skills necessary for successful study of Theology at the graduate level.

Scripture Concentration Learning Objectives

Graduates in the Scripture Concentration will:

  • Know the condition of the sacred authors' times and cultures, the literary genres in use at those times, and the modes of feeling, speaking and thinking then current;
  • Interpret Scripture in a way that is intelligible to context and appropriate to the Christian tradition; and
  • Use Scripture as an essential source in pastoral ministry.

Faculty

We offer small, discussion-based and project-based courses, with true one-on-one faculty mentoring, and a disciplined yet supportive approach to your learning.


Rev. Kevin Scalf, C.PP.S.
Rev. Kevin Scalf, C.PP.S.

Director of the Theology Program & Special Assistant to the President for Mission and Ministry
Room 626
(219) 473-4351
kscalf@ccsj.edu

Rev. Kevin M. Scalf, C.PP.S., is a member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood religious order. He currently serves as Theology and Humanities Chairperson at Calumet College of St. Joseph, Hammond, IN., in addition to his role as religious advisor to the president.

Fr. Scalf holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati, OH., in Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Communication Arts. He completed a Master of Arts degree in Theology at Xavier University, Cincinnati, a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Cincinnati, and a Master of Divinity degree at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.

Fr. Scalf has taught at several Catholic high schools, and was a member of the part-time religious studies faculties at the University of Dayton; a full-time member of the faculty and administration at St. Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN, and part-time faculty member at a graduate seminary in Tanzania, Africa. He has also served as parochial vicar for several parishes in Whiting, IN.

Fr. Scalf has taught for many years in the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Program and Deacon Formation Program for the Diocese of Gary, Diocese of Lafayette, and Archdiocese of Chicago. Fr. Scalf currently serves as chaplain of Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, IN.

In 2015 he was appointed by His Holiness, Pope Francis, as one 800 priests throughout the world to be a “Missionary of Mercy” throughout the Jubilee Year of Mercy, and that appointment continues today.   Download Word Document copy of Father Kevin's Biography



Joan Crist, Ph.D.
Joan Crist, Ph.D.

Professor
Room 513
(219) 473-4304
jcrist@ccsj.edu

Dr. Crist currently serves as Associate Professor of Theology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Her dissertation topic was a translation of and commentary on St. Bonaventure’s Conferences on the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. She has also served as Director of Religious Education at St. Joseph Catholic parish in downtown Hammond, and a religious educator at St. John Bosco middle school, and in a volunteer capacity as coordinator of ecumenism and interreligious affairs for the Diocese of Gary.

She helped to incorporate service-learning more fully into the Social Justice course, and oral examinations into the General Education Theology curriculum. Her interfaith and social justice involvements include the Northwest Indiana Interreligious Initiative for Peace in the Middle East, the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission 2040 Implementation Committee, service project partnerships with Hammond Public Schools, the Interfaith Federation, the Downtown Hammond Council, and most recently a collaboration with FAITH CDC in Gary on the Legacy Foundation’s Neighborhood Spotlight development process. She holds a mandatum from His Excellency Dale Melczek.



Kevin Considine, Ph.D.
Kevin Considine, Ph.D.

Professor
(219) 473-4353
kconsidine@ccsj.edu

Dr. Considine is Assistant Professor of Theology at the College. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the Catholic Theological Union at Chicago and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago. Informed by his background as a Social Worker leading at-risk youth through the process of service-learning, he has pioneered the use of service-based learning strategies in the Social Justice course. Informed by his background as a musician, he also furthered the use of music, performing art, and studio art as dialogue partners for World Religions, Social Justice, and upper-level theology courses.

In addition, he has over five years of experience in leading communal studies of Scripture through methods such as lectio divina and Inductive Study as well as participating and providing leadership in a Small Christian Community in Chicago whose members are affiliated with various Christian denominations and churches. His academic research focuses on Roman Catholic soteriology, intercultural hermeneutics, Korean-American anthropologies of han, and theologies of racialized suffering in the U.S. His recent book, Salvation for the Sinned-Against: ‘Han’ and Schillebeeckx in Intercultural Dialogue (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2015) focuses upon these areas and his work has appeared in: Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society, Tijdschrift voor Theologie, New Theology Review, Black Theology: An International Journal, and U.S. Catholic. He holds a mandatum from His Excellency Dale Melczek.



Daniel Lowery, Ph. D.
Daniel Lowery, Ph. D.

Professor
(219) 473-4333
dlowery@ccsj.edu

In 1975, Daniel Lowery was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University, where he majored in History and Philosophy. He graduated from Indiana University Northwest in May 1989 with a Masters of Science degree in Business Administration. Dr. Lowery received his Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001. In 2014, he completed work on a Masters in Pastoral Studies degree at Catholic Theological Union.

In 1995, Dr. Lowery retired from the Social Security Administration after a 20 years career serving in the agency’s local, statewide, and regional offices. He then launched a second career in higher education, serving, first, at Indiana University Northwest for ten years in its Business School and in IUN’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

In January 2005, Dr. Lowery joined the faculty at Calumet College of St. Joseph where he holds the James L. Fattore Chair in Management. On May 22, 2006, Dr. Lowery transitioned to the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs at Calumet College, and in July 2011, he assumed the position of President.

Dr. Lowery was ordained as a permanent deacon in the Catholic Diocese of Gary in June 2013. He now serves in this capacity at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Crown Point.

From November 2001 until December 2006, Dr. Lowery served as the Executive Director of the Northwest Indiana Quality of Life Council, a nonprofit leadership organization chaired on a rotating basis by the presidents and chancellors of Northwest Indiana’s six colleges and universities. In this capacity, he focused extensively on a broad range of public policy issues pertaining to Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties. From 2006 until 2010, he pursued this same interest as the host of Lakeshore Focus, a weekly public affairs program produced by Lakeshore Public Television.

Over the years, Dr. Lowery has served as an officer or board member for a number of professional associations and nonprofit organizations, including Campagna Academy, Lake Area United Way, Catholic Charities, the Heartland Center, Ancilla Systems, Inc., One Region, and the Bridges of Care Initiative in East Chicago.

Dr. Lowery is well-published in his field has provided consultation services to numerous public, private, and nonprofit organizations.



Garin L. Cycholl, Ph.D.
Garin L. Cycholl, Ph.D.

Philosophy Professor

Garin L. Cycholl holds a doctorate from the University of Illinois, Chicago; a Master of Arts in Creative Writing-Fiction, from the University of Illinois, Chicago; a Master of Arts in Divinity from Yale University; and a bachelor of arts in Religious Studies, from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Dr. Cycholl has published six books, including Blue Mound to 161, Hostile Witness, and The Bonegatherer, where place is a central concern. Blue Mound to 161, for example, explores violence and displacement among coalminers and bootleggers in southern Illinois in the early twentieth century. His writing in fiction and drama also explores the shared personal and social fault lines in American experience. His recent work here includes a screenplay adaptation of Walker Percy’s novel, Lancelot.

Dr. Cycholl grew up in southern Illinois, before attending college in Miami, Florida. In 1992, he returned to Illinois and pastored First/Saron United Churches of Christ in Olney/Dundas, then moved to Chicago in 1997. Currently, he teaches in the humanities, including creative and professional writing workshops at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.



Elizabeth-Anne Stewart, Ph.D.
Elizabeth-Anne Stewart, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

Elizabeth-Anne Stewart earned a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Malta, as well as a B.A. (Hons.) in English, and holds several other graduate degrees and professional certificates from British and American institutions: Certification in Life Coaching from the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE); Dip. (TN) TESOL and Dip. CoT (TESOL), Eurolink, U.K.; a D. Min. in Poetry from the Graduate Theological Foundation, IN ; a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Claret Center, Chicago; and an M.A. in English from DePaul University, Chicago.

Born in England and raised both in England and on the Mediterranean island of Malta, Elizabeth-Anne Stewart, PhD., guides others through her teaching, spiritual direction, life coaching and writings.

For many years, Dr. Stewart held a joint appointment with the Departments of Religious Studies and University Ministry at DePaul University, Chicago, IL; prior to that, she taught in their Department of English. Her work at DePaul included campus ministry and additional teaching commitments (the School for New Learning, Study Abroad and Women’s Studies); off campus, Dr. Stewart taught as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Religious Studies program at Mundelein College (now Loyola).

The author of many books and articles, Dr. Stewart offers retreats and workshops across the U.S. and internationally. From 1985-2005, she wrote the Sunday scripture reflections for Living Faith, a popular Catholic publication that is read across the globe; she now provides her own online monthly scripture service, Sunday BibleTalk, which is also based on Sunday’s liturgical readings.

Great Theology Quotes

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. Saint Augustine,” Sermons, 43:1.

"For I do not seek to understand in order that I may believe, but I believe in order that I may understand." St. Anselm. Proslogion, Chapter One.

God is the beyond in the midst of life. Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Community Partners

Career Opportunities

Calumet College of St. Joseph is located at the crossroads of the Midwest, and this location provides strategic access to one of the largest centers for theological praxis in the world, Chicago, Illinois. Students may gain experience and employment in the following areas, among others:

    Education:
  • Graduate studies and research
  • High school theology instructors
  • Campus mission and ministry
  • Religious life
  • Business:
  • Denominational hospitals, homes, school boards, and agencies
  • Churches and religious entities
  • Religious publishers and bookstores
  • Religiously affiliated schools
  • Chaplaincy (with additional credentials):
  • Military service
  • Correctional institutions
  • Homes for children, youth, and senior citizens
  • Hospitals, police, and fire departments
  • Local Church Ministries:
  • Missionary outreach
  • Music ministry
  • Public relations
  • Adult and child day care
  • Social Services:
  • Advocacy and counseling
  • Camp administration
  • Industrial and vocational training
  • Programming

For a more detailed list, see careers in this major.





What can I do with this major?

Program Requirements


  • B.A.
  • Theology Minor
  • Philosophy Minor
  • Ministry Formation Program
  • Courses

B.A. in Theology (120 hours)

The following courses are required for a baccalaureate degree

  • 38 hours, General Education requirements

  • Core Courses in Theology: 18 credit hours
    THEO 131 Theological Foundations
    THEO 310 Introduction to the Old Testament
    THEO 320 Introduction to the New Testament
    THEO 370 Christology: The Person and Work of Jesus
    THEO 380 Doctrine of God: One and Triune
    THEO 390 History of Christianity

  • Upper Level Courses in Theology: 15 credit hours
    THEO 340 Christian Worship and Sacraments
    THEO 430 Christian Moral Theology
    THEO 450 History of Christian Spirituality
    THEO 496 Selected Topics in Theology (6 credit hours)

  • Electives: 49 credit hours

Minor in Theology (18 hours)

The Minor in Theology allows a student pursuing another degree at the College to explore the discipline beyond the requirements of the General Education program, by completing five courses from among the Sequenced and Additional Core courses.

Philosophy Minor

To earn a minor in Philosophy, students must take PHIL 200 plus any other twelve hours with a PHIL prefix.

For information regarding courses in Philosophy, see the Philosophy page.

Diocesan Ministry Formation Program

In collaboration with the Diocese of Gary, the College offers undergraduate credit in Theology, upon Program Director Approval, for courses given in the Diocesan Ministry Formation Program.

THEO 110. Social Justice
In this course, students will explore and analyze social justice issues, and then suggest positive action for social change. The foundation incorporates experiential service-learning in dialogue with Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching, and great thinkers of the twentieth century who engage religion and social justice. College-level skills are emphasized.
(This course is a CCSJ General Education requirement.)
This course must be taken in the student's first semester at the College.

THEO 131. Theological Foundations
In this course, students gain a broad overview of the academic study of Christian theology and its articulation within the Catholic tradition. Topics include the human search for meaning, human nature and human destiny, the nature of God, faith and reason, divine revelation, biblical interpretation, the person of Jesus Christ and the Trinity, worship, theology of Church, and sacramental spirituality for a post-modern world.
Prerequisite: EWPC 103

THEO 230. The Search for Ultimate Meaning
In this course, students gain a broad overview of the academic study of Christian theology and its articulation within the Catholic tradition. Topics include the human search for meaning, human nature and human destiny, the nature of God, faith and reason, divine revelation, biblical interpretation, the person of Jesus Christ and the Trinity, worship, theology of Church, and sacramental spirituality for a post-modern world.
(This course is a CCSJ General Education Requirement.)
Prerequisite: EWPC 103

THEO 310. Introduction to the Old Testament
This course will explore the Old Testament with a special attention to the historical and cultural context in which the various books developed. Introducing and using modern critical tools for studying scripture, the course will survey the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible), the historical books, and the prophetic and wisdom literature and will raise questions concerning the theological meaning of the Old Testament both then and today.
Prerequisite: THEO 131

THEO 320. Introduction to the New Testament
This course will explore the New Testament with a special attention to the historical and cultural context in which the various books developed. The course will introduce modern critical methods for examining the Gospel texts, with a focus on the historical Jesus question, and will survey the other literature of the New Testament, including Paul's letters and the Book of Revelation. The theological meaning of these books both then and now will be discussed.
Prerequisite: THEO 131

THEO 340. Christian Worship and Sacraments
Worship and reverence are the nearly universal human responses to the presence of the divine. This course will examine the specifically Christian response to the divine initiative in Jesus Christ: worship and liturgy through word and sacrament. Using the Eucharist or Lord's Supper as a focus, this course will examine both the history of Christian doctrines and practices with regard to the sacraments, and the many ways in which Christians worship today.
Prerequisite: THEO 131

THEO 345. Religion in America
This course surveys the history of religion in America, with an emphasis on the development of both American Protestantism and Catholicism from the time of the first European settlers down to the present. The course will also survey such topics as Native American religion, Judaism in America, African-American religion, and the relationship of religion and American culture.
Prerequisite: THEO 131

THEO 350. The Gospels
The four canonical Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are the main sources for the Christian narrative about the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus. This course will study these Gospels using the tools of contemporary historical-critical and literary scholarship in order to understand how each Gospel theologically portrays Jesus. One of the four Gospels will be studied in depth.
Prerequisite: THEO 131; THEO 320 recommended.

THEO 370. Christology: The Person and Work of Jesus
One central claim of Christianity is that God is most fully and finally revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. This course will explore the wide range of Christian understandings of Jesus, examining first the scriptural sources, then the historical development of Christian doctrines and church teachings about Jesus and finally the writings of contemporary theologians and other thinkers.
Prerequisite: THEO 131; THEO 320 recommended.

THEO 390. History of Christianity
In this course, students will survey the two-thousand-year history of the Church, focusing primarily on key events in the life of the Church and society, and development in the Church’s structure and theological self-understanding. The modern period, from the close of the Middle Ages through Vatican II, will be emphasized, including such historical and ecclesiastical events as colonization, Reformation, the Enlightenment and its effects on religion, the Industrial Revolution and the beginnings of modern Catholic Social Teaching, the ecumenical movement, and the present expansion of the Church to a diverse global community concentrated in Africa and Latin America, reflected in the teachings of the Second Vatican Council.
Prerequisite: THEO 131
Cross-listed with HIST 330

THEO 400.
The Catholic Church has undergone a massive amount of change in the thirty years since the close of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965).
This course will examine the Council in detail in order to understand what changes it began in Catholic worship, practice and thought. Particular emphasis will be given to the new styles of theology, which have become prevalent in the Catholic Church. Selected theologians will be read on a series of important theological issues such as God, Christ, church, ministry, etc.
Prerequisite: THEO 131

THEO 430. Contemporary Christian Morality
This course will examine both the process of moral reasoning and a range of contemporary moral issues using critical tools drawn from theological ethics. Drawing on Scripture, tradition, reason and the contemporary situation, the course will examine Christian ethical responses to such issues as sexuality, family life, medicine and health, the environment, business, violence, and euthanasia.
Prerequisite: THEO 131

THEO 435. The Doctrine of God: One and Triune
The mystery of God is at the heart of religion. This course will examine the particularly Christian doctrine of God, the claim that God is One and Three, a Trinity of Father, Son and Spirit. Beginning with the scriptural sources about the relationship of God and humanity, this course will survey the development of the Christian doctrine and the understanding of this mystery today.
Prerequisite: THEO 131; THEO 320 and 330 recommended.

THEO 450. Religions of the World
This course will introduce students to the basic teachings, practices and contemporary expressions of the major world religions. The course is designed to facilitate understanding of differences and interactions among these religions in shaping the contemporary religious experience.
Prerequisite: THEO 131

THEO 496. Selected Topics in Theology
Topics courses in this program will examine areas of special interest in the fields of Theology. They will allow students and professors to explore such wide-ranging topics as Intercultural Hermeneutics, Suffering and Salvation, Action and Contemplation, the Gospels, Pauline Writings, and many other related topics.

THEO 497. Capstone Research Paper
By participating in a semester-long research program, students earn credit for their degree. Training in research methodology provides students with the opportunity to pursue this discipline by designing, implementing, and constructing a formal report on a research topic. This course requires senior status, a cumulative 3.25 index in the major, and the approval of the Program Director.
Prerequisites: THEO 131 and THEO major

THEO 499. Senior Seminar in Religious Studies
This capstone course is designed to assist students in the integration and critical examination of the various concepts, theories, and methods of inquiry presented both in general education and the major. Learning outcomes for both the general education program and the major are reviewed. Course assignments assist students in assessing the degree for which learning outcomes have been mastered.
Senior standing is required.
Prerequisites: THEO 131 and THEO major.





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