Date of Award

Spring 1994

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




To summarize, the general purpose of this study is to analyze Catholic undergraduate theology education in the decades immediately preceding and immediately following the opening and closing of the Second Vatican Council (roughly 1952-1976). These years have been chosen because they seem to frame most clearly changes in the goals and content college theology. While the primary emphasis is on undergraduate theology, at times references to supporting graduate programs which have key relationships to undergraduate teaching are explored. The primary purpose of the study is to compare across the decades four specific areas: philosophies of education, teacher qualifications, curriculum, and the pastoral needs of the student body. These four by no means exhaust the subject, but they provide necessary insights and patterns for the development of the academic discipline of theology. What is sought secondarily is an exploration of what happened in the teaching of religious issues when the ministerial or pastoral role was relegated predominantly to another area of the university, that is, in campus ministries.



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