Jun 27, 2022  
2020-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2022 Undergraduate Catalog


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Contact Information

Phone: 401.865.2274
Fax: 401.865.1830
Location: St. Catherine of Siena Hall 202

The Faculty


Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., Ph.D. (Biology/Theology)
Rev. Albino Barrera, O.P., Ph.D. (Theology/Economics)
Paul L. Gondreau, S.T.D.
Sandra T. Keating, Ph.D.
Terence A. McGoldrick, S.T.D.
Patrick V. Reid, Ph.D., Emeritus
Rev. N. Joseph Torchia, O.P., Ph.D. (Philosophy/Theology)

Associate Professors

Robert J. Barry, Ph.D.
William Bonney, Ph.D.
Gary M. Culpepper, Ph.D.
Dana L. Dillon, Ph.D. (Theology/Public and Community Service Studies)
Aurelie A. Hagstrom, S.T.D., William J. and MaryAnn Christie Endowed Chair in Catholic and Dominican Studies
James F. Keating, Ph.D.
Ian C. Levy, Ph.D.
Rev. Thomas P. McCreesh, O.P., Ph.D.
Despina D. Prassas, Ph.D.
Daria E. Spezzano, Ph.D.
Arthur P. Urbano, Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Professors

Rev. John E. Allard, O.P., Ph.D.
Richard J. Barry IV, Ph.D.
Rev. Peter M. Batts, O.P., Ph.D.
Holly Taylor Coolman, Ph.D., Chairperson
Andrew Geist, Ph.D.
Stephen A. Long, Ph.D.
Rev. Isaac Morales, O.P., Ph.D.
Rev. R. Gabriel Pivarnik, O.P., S.T.D.
Rev. Augustine Reisenauer, O.P., Ph.D.
Rev. Bruno Shah, O.P., Ph.D.

The Program

The Department of Theology offers a program of study leading to the degree of bachelor of arts.

The department seeks within the liberal arts curriculum to promote the study of sacred Scripture, systematic theology, and the moral life in a manner that demonstrates responsibility to the Church and engagement with other religious traditions and with the world. The program provides historical, philosophical, and theological training, principally, but not exclusively, in the Thomistic tradition. It seeks to enable students to investigate, evaluate, and commit themselves intelligently to Christian faith and life, especially in its Catholic understanding. In light of the relationship between the teaching of the Magisterium and the needs of the faithful, the department assists students in understanding the development of Catholic doctrine and worship. The department strives to develop strong Christians who will live the Gospel and promote Christian values in the College community and beyond.


The undergraduate program in theology pursues three distinct objectives:

  • It provides all students an introduction to the religious traditions of Western Civilization in the Development of Western Civilization course.
  • It provides all students fulfilling the two-course general requirement with a foundational course covering the basics of Catholic theology and a second course, which explores in more depth, one or more of the basic themes of Catholic theology.
  • It provides majors and minors in theology with a program in biblical, systematic, historical, moral, and spiritual theology.

Requirements for Theology Core

Students must first study one 200-level course and then one 300-level course to satisfy the College’s Core Curriculum requirement.

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