Theology at Aquinas College

Certificate in Theological Studies

Aquinas College offers a Certificate in Theological Studies, originally designed for lay people engaged in ministry: parish catechetical leaders, pastoral associates, youth ministry leaders, parish musicians, Catholic school administrators or teachers.

The Certificate is ideal for Catholics seeking a deeper understanding of their faith, including traditional age students hoping to work in Catholic schools or parish catechesis upon graduation from Aquinas College.

The Certificate in Theological Studies consists of six courses (3 credits each; 18 credits total), which have been chosen to meet diocesan theological standards. Please note that this is not a web or online program; courses meet on the Aquinas College campus.

Completion of the following six required courses meet the theological credit requirements for Master Catechist certification by the Diocese of Grand Rapids. They would also fulfill the theological requirements for a minor in theology, so interested students should inquire.


Required Courses 
The Certificate in Theological Studies consists in 18 credits of coursework in the form of six 3-credit courses. The curriculum has been designed to build on your current knowledge base and prepare you for further study if that is your desire. The six required courses are:

TY120 Sacraments
An introduction to Sacramental Theology and Liturgy that explores the biblical, historical and liturgical aspects of the Church’s Sacraments.

TY 131 Bible as Story
A theological and literary introduction to the biblical story, from creation to apocalypse. Follows the great themes of the Bible, such as paradise, peoplehood, and the presence of God. Also explores the interpretation of individual narratives, including an in-depth analysis of at least one of the Gospels, and the function of metaphor, image and symbol.

TY147/CA147 The Catholic Vision (3) TF
An introductory course in the Roman Catholic tradition, its worldview, beliefs, sacraments and moral life.

TY 211 Jesus
Explores the New Testament portraits of Jesus, including how the first Christian theologians re-interpreted Jewish scripture. Students will compare episodes in the four Gospels and become aware of images of Christ in narrative, epistle and poetry. Also introduces the "historical Jesus" debate and the cultural setting of the Jesus movement.

TY 212 Vatican II
Examines major documents and themes of the Second Vatican Council in the context of the Catholic theological tradition.

TY 250 Catholic Moral Theology
An introduction to Christian morality that considers the person's capacity for achieving excellence in pursuit of the good under the auspices of grace. Themes covered include: Jesus Christ and the moral life, the sources of morality, the person as image of God, grace, sin, freedom, law, vice, infused and acquired virtue.


Theology Minor
Minor Requirements: The Theology Department offers a minor in Theology. A minor is designed to provide an organized format of courses beneficial to students in supplementing their major with courses from the Theology Department. A minor requires a minimum of eighteen (18) semester hours, the specific courses determined in consultation with the department.


Additional Information

For information on Theology courses contact Dr. Stephan Davis, Chair of the Theology Department, at davisste@aquinas.edu.

For specific information about the 50% tuition fee waiver for local diocesan Continuing Education program participants, contact Aquinas' Student Accounts Office at (616) 632-2864.