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The need for theology

| Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The curriculum review committee is discussing eliminating or weakening the theology requirement. With the notable exception of Carolyn Woo, most of the pushback has come from theology professors and majors. It is no surprise theologians value theology, but this gives a false impression. We, the undersigned, are not theology majors, but we recognize theology is a vital part of a Catholic education, and so we are writing in support of keeping the theology core requirement.

Catholic universities must educate their students’ hearts along with their minds. Notre Dame is the foremost Catholic university in the world, and as such we must be an example of how to combine faithful witness and academic excellence. Eliminating the theology requirement would frustrate our mission and bring Notre Dame closer to being another good school among many.

Theology courses are the most direct encounter students can have with “the big questions” from the perspective of what God has revealed: What are we doing here? Why does it matter? How do I relate to God and to those around me? Thus, theology is in a unique position to change students’ lives.

Some have suggested that classes about Catholic themes — such as classes about the history or sociology of Catholicism — could replace theology. Such courses are important, but cannot replace theology. Theology is central to a Catholic education because its distinctive subject is God’s self-revelation and our place in the world in light of that revelation. Every discipline is valuable, but theology’s perspective is unique.

Furthermore, the core requirement gives structure to the theology department. Since every student has to take two courses, the theology department has more faculty and graduate students than other departments. This offers students more perspectives along with more role models who can guide them on how to live their faith. Weakening the requirement will slim down the department and make Notre Dame a much poorer place to be a Catholic.

Thus, we the undersigned oppose any effort to eliminate, reduce or dilute the theology requirement.

 

Brian Stahl

history

senior

Keenan Hall

 

Bridget Bruns

environmental science

junior

Lewis Hall

 

Chris Moyer

science-business

junior

Keenan Hall

 

Tyler Cummings

computer science

junior

Keenan Hall

 

Noreen Fischer

finance

junior

Pasquerilla West

 

Maria Perozzi

science pre-professional

junior

Pasquerilla West

 

Audrey Drewing

science pre-professional

junior

Pasquerilla West

 

Colleen Marshall

history/ACPP

junior

Pasquerilla West

 

Danielle Butler

science-business

junior

Lewis Hall

 

Nicholas Pettegrew

chemical engineering

sophomore

Keenan Hall

 

Russel Hutson

biology

sophomore

Keenan Hall

 

A.J. Pucci

chemical engineering

sophomore

Keenan Hall

 

Alec Sims

accounting

sophomore

Keenan Hall

 

Brandon Sura

science-business

sophomore

Keenan Hall

 

Jacqueline Dunn

mechanical engineering

junior

Farley Hall

 

William Harris

mechanical engineering

junior

Siegfried Hall

 

Jake Grabowski

finance

sophomore

Knott Hall

 

Ian Smith

accounting

sophomore

Knott Hall

 

Mary Kate Palmer

mechanical engineering

sophomore

Lewis Hall

 

Glen McClain

neuroscience

sophomore

Knott Hall

 

James Matakovich

accounting

sophomore

Keenan Hall

 

Max Ducery

civil engineering

junior

Keenan Hall

 

Sam Lucas

science pre-professional/anthropology

sophomore

Keenan Hall

 

Jack Higham

chemical engineering

freshman

Keenan Hall

 

Connor Higgins

computer science

freshman

Keenan Hall

 

Dominic Scarcelli

political science

freshman

Keenan Hall

 

Joseph Pye

electrical engineering

freshman

Keenan Hall

 

Adrienne Voelker

chemistry

junior

Pasquerilla West

 

Chandler Moorer

biology

freshman

O’Neill Hall

 

Caitlin McCreary

program of liberal studies

junior

Walsh Hall

 

Kevin Yokum

electrical engineering

freshman

Alumni Hall

 

Paul Dowling

computer engineering

sophomore

Duncan Hall

 

Brendan Galloway

electrical engineering

sophomore

Siegfried Hall

 

Kathleen Rocks

program of liberal studies/American studies

freshman

Cavanaugh Hall

 

Emily Silver

neuroscience

freshman

Cavanaugh Hall

 

Cara Malulon

neuroscience

freshman

Ryan Hall

 

Rose Anderson

history/film, television and theater

sophomore

Lewis Hall

 

Laura Paquin

aerospace engineering

junior

Pasquerilla East

 

Ben Robinson

neuroscience

freshman

Keenan Hall

 

Eduardo Mancilla

economics

freshman

Keenan Hall

 

Tom Hutchinson

environmental engineering

freshman

Keenan Hall

 

Marissa Cirillo

chemical engineering

senior

Cavanaugh Hall

 

Quinn Dolan

economics

senior

Keenan Hall

 

James Heisler

electrical engineering

senior

Keenan Hall

 

Gordan MacDougall

science-business

senior

Keenan Hall

 

David Terry

civil engineering

senior

Keenan Hall

 

Nathaniel Pawelczyk

computer science/physics

senior

Keenan Hall

 

Kelsey O’Brien

business

freshman

Breen-Phillips Hall

 

Kirstyn Ruiz

political science/French

freshman

Farley Hall

 

Kate Butler

psychology/arts and letters pre-professional

senior

McGlinn Hall

 

Thomas Groden

finance

sophomore

Keenan Hall

 

Andrew Robinson

accounting

sophomore

Keenan Hall

 

Joseph Celeste

finance

senior

Dillon Hall

 

Tom Hite

classics

junior

Dillon Hall

 

Jonathan Baker

chemistry

freshman

Keenan Hall

 

Olivia Dietzel

mechanical engineering

senior

Cavanaugh

 

Kristina Flathers

economics

senior

Lewis Hall

 

Zachary Myzska

history/applied and computational mathematics and statistics

freshman

Keenan Hall

 

Daniel Selhorst

political science

junior

Zahm Hall

 

Emily Hergenrother

science-business

senior

Cavanaugh

 

Olivia Balmert

biology

senior

Pasquerilla East

 

Tessa Laubacher

psychology

junior

Pasquerilla East

 

Anibal Torres

mechanical engineering

junior

Keenan Hall

 

Lucinda Krahl

mechanical engineering

junior

Farley Hall

 

James Southard

program of liberal studies

senior

Keenan Hall

 

Levi Hopkins

economics

senior

Keenan Hall

 

Mark Godding

neuroscience

senior

Keenan Hall

 

Shaquille Johnson

computer engineering

sophomore

Keenan Hall

 

Katie Maxfield

history/German

senior

Cavanaugh Hall

 

Emma Henderson

chemical engineering

senior

Cavanaugh Hall

 

Michael Noelke

finance/applied mathematics

senior

Dillon Hall

 

Matthew Doherty

program of liberal studies

senior

Dillon Hall

 

Royce Branning

computer science

freshman

Keenan Hall

 

Michael Hanley

accounting

senior

St. Edward’s Hall

 

Prinz Jeremy Dela Cruz

French/philosophy

senior

Morrisey Hall

 

Henry Dickman

finance/economics

sophomore

off campus

 

Marina Salinas

psychology

senior

Welsh Family Hall

 

Eileen Hoban

science-business

junior

Ryan Hall

 

Kyle Dougher

economics

senior

Dillon Hall

 

Victoria Velasquez

English/film, television and theater

sophomore

Cavanaugh Hall

 

Alex Genord

political science

senior

Lewis Hall

 

Matthew Fallon

psychology

senior

off campus

 

Amanda Pena

sustainable development

senior

off campus

 

Adrianna Duggan

psychology

freshman

Welsh Family Hall

 

Mary Driewer

management consulting

sophomore

Pasquerilla West

 

Christie Hillsman

English

senior

off campus

 

Paul Kuczynski

English

senior

Siegfried Hall

 

Lauren Saunee

psychology/science pre-professional

freshman

Walsh Hall

 

Mary Salvi

political science

senior

Farley Hall

 

Kate Hardiman

political science

sophomore

Breen-Phillips Hall

 

Kyle Cowdrick

chemical engineering

senior

Knott Hall

 

Molly Burke

mechanical engineering

senior

off campus

 

Michelle Williams

neuroscience

sophomore

Pasquerilla West

 

Abby Balmert

psychology

sophomore

Pasquerilla East

 

Anne Wildenhain

mechanical engineering

senior

Welsh Family Hall

 

Elizabeth Wildenhain

biology/philosophy

freshman

Welsh Family Hall

 

Caroline Jansen

mathematics/medieval studies

senior

Cavanaugh Hall

 

Brianna Bahe

neuroscience

sophomore

Welsh Family Hall

 

Thomas Olohan

history

junior

Morrisey Hall

 

Sarah Drumm

electrical engineering

freshman

Pasquerilla East

 

Frank Cipollone

computer science

junior

Keough Hall

 

Rebecca Self

political science

junior

Welsh Family Hall

 

Frank Wamsley

psychology

sophomore

Duncan Hall

 

Brian Credo

classics

senior

Dillon Hall

 

Alex Hadley

program of liberal studies/classics

freshman

Carroll Hall

 

Anna Bradley

anthropology

freshman

Farley Hall

 

Luis EranaSalmeron

aerospace engineering

sophomore

Keough Hall

 

Ann Gallagher

program of liberal studies/classics

sophomore

Pasquerilla West

 

Tierney Vrdolyak

program of liberal studies/marketing

freshman

Breen-Phillips

 

Sophia Buono

program of liberal studies

freshman

Lyons Hall

 

Julia McGinty

biology

senior

Welsh Family

 

Greg Duffy

economics/spanish

senior

off campus

 

Joseph Porada

civil engineering

sophomore

Keenan Hall

 

John McGinn

math/Irish studies

sophomore

Keenan Hall

 

Peter O’Connor

accounting

junior

Keenan Hall

 

Luke Berning

accounting

junior

Keenan Hall

 

Tiera Hollanquest

civil engineering

freshman

Pasquerilla East

 

Lily Wick

aerospace engineering

freshman

Pasquerilla East

 

Madison Oswald

business

freshman

Pasquerilla East

 

Hiba Kahouli

aerospace engineering

freshman

Pasquerilla East

 

Anastasia Evanich

history/accounting

senior

off campus

 

Ashley Ahimbisibwe

environmental engineering

freshman

Pasquerilla East

 

Megan Sweeney

business

freshman

Lyons Hall

 

Katherine Lisko

business

freshman

Lyons Hall

 

Meghan Brennan

business

freshman

Lyons Hall

 

Sarah Olson

computer science

freshman

Pasquerilla East

 

Shannon Meyer

aerospace engineering

freshman

Pasquerilla East

 

Lesli Mark

chemical engineering

senior

Welsh Family Hall

 

Kaitlyn Stettnichs

psychology

senior

Cavanaugh Hall

 

Carlos Covarrublus

finance/economics

freshman

Siegfried Hall

 

Louis Filipack

science-business/English

freshman

Siegfried Hall

 

Joshua Batista

psychology

freshman

Siegfried Hall

 

Andrew Poireir

mechanical engineering

freshman

Siegfried Hall

 

Darren Church

business

sophomore

Siegfried Hall

 

Henry Long

computer science

freshman

Siegfried Hall

 

Brandyn Toone

business/film, television and theater

sophomore

Siegfried Hall

 

Chris Leitten

finance

sophomore

Keenan Hall

 

Ayomide Awe

mechanical engineering

freshman

Keenan Hall

 

David Valenti

accounting/art

senior

Keenan Hall

 

Adam Mallette

chemical engineering

freshman

Zahm Hall

 

Patrick Butler

history/English

senior

off campus

 

Francisco Yang

science-business

freshman

Keenan Hall

 

Frederick Stavins

accounting

sophomore

Dillon Hall

 

Richard Rosso

finance/applied and computational mathematics and statistics

sophomore

Dillon Hall

 

Patrick O’Meara

mechanical engineering

senior

Stanford Hall

 

Jason LeBlanc

finance

senior

Dillon Hall

 

Michael DiGaetano

science-business

sophomore

Dillon Hall

 

Rafael Herrera

neuroscience

freshman

Dillon Hall

 

Regina Ekaputri

psychology

freshman

Farley Hall

 

Meaghan Frawley

mechanical engineering

sophomore

Cavanaugh Hall

 

Emma Richard

mechanical engineering

sophomore

Cavanaugh Hall

 

Emmett Wilmes

mechanical engineering

sophomore

Duncan Hall

 

Emily Kearney

mechanical engineering

sophomore

Cavanaugh Hall

 

Dean Swan

business/economics

freshman

Dillon Hall

 

Michael Higgins

finance

freshman

Dillon Hall

 

Joshua BIndon

biology

senior

Dillon Hall

 

Sarah Tomas Morgan

program of liberal studies

freshman

Pasquerilla West

 

Joseph Moran

accounting

sophomore

Dillon Hall

 

Daniel Brndjar

applied and computational mathematics and statistics/economics

sophomore

Dillon Hall

 

Mary Knapp

psychology/business

senior

Welsh Family Hall

 

Daniel Forney

pre-professional

senior

Dillon Hall

 

Abbey Santanello

economics/pre-med

senior

Walsh Hall

 

Matthew Messana

biochemistry

senior

Dillon Hall

 

Mary Faurot

chemical engineering

junior

Pasquerilla East

 

Thomas Hite

classics

junior

Dillon Hall

 

Amanda Schockling

civil engineering

senior

Welsh Family Hall

 

Elizabeth Crimmins

history

freshman

McGlinn Hall

 

Carolyn Ebner

program of liberal studies

freshman

Lyons Hall

 

Mary Connolly

computer science

sophomore

Pasquerilla East

 

Katelyn Doering

political science

senior

Pasquerilla West

 

Grace Maginn

history

junior

McGlinn Hall

 

John Hollkamp

mechanical engineering

senior

Knott Hall

 

Clare Urbanski

French/Russian

freshman

Lewis Hall

 

Jasmine Miller

neuroscience

senior

Pasquerilla West

 

Bradley Stalcup

computer science

senior

Fisher Hall

 

Sam O’Melveny

civil engineering

freshman

O’Neill Hall

 

Spencer Clark

physics

freshman

Zahm Hall

 

Brian Byrne

computer engineering

freshman

Zahm Hall

 

Gabriela Moro

pre-medical

freshman

Cavanaugh Hall

 

Patrick Krach

biology

senior

Alumni Hall

 

Juliana Pellino

finance

freshman

McGlinn Hall

 

Madeleine Organ

applied and computational mathematics and statistics

freshman

Pasquerilla West

 

Nicole Steiner

economics

freshman

Pasquerilla West

 

Luisa Mader

psychology

freshman

Pasquerilla West

 

Alexandra Gibson

biology

junior

Pasquerilla East

 

Petra Rantanen

pre-medical/sociology

sophomore

Pasquerilla West

 

Michael Anderson

biochemistry

freshman

Keenan Hall

 

Eric Krebs

computer science

freshman

Stanford Hall

 

Christopher Scott

international economics

freshman

St. Edward’s Hall

 

Makenna Siebenaler

psychology

junior

Pangborn Hall

 

Michael Valacer

classics/mathematics

sophomore

Dillon Hall

 

Katie Serody

psychology/pre-professional

sophomore

Ryan Hall

 

Brett Magnan

accounting

sophomore

Dillon Hall

 

Justin Brill

biology/French

sophomore

Dillon Hall

 

Nicholas Tucker

neuroscience

sophomore

Dillon Hall

 

Andrew Latham

chemistry/applied and computational mathematics and statistics

sophomore

Dillon Hall

 

Rebeckah Wellen

accounting

sophomore

Pangborn Hall

 

Savannah Washlesky

civil engineering

sophomore

McGlinn Hall

 

Rachel Jonckheere

accounting

sophomore

Lyons Hall

 

Meagan Snodell

IT management

sophomore

Lyons Hall

 

Jacob Dean

civil engineering

junior

O’Neill Hall

 

Ann Bodien

psychology

senior

Farley Hall

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