The Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB) degree is an ecclesiastical degree program offered through affiliation with the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.  The purpose of this program is to provide the student with a solid, organic, and complete instruction in theology at the basic level, enabling graduates to pursue further studies in the sacred sciences.  Seminarians at St. Patrick’s may pursue the MDiv and STB degrees concurrently.

Prerequisites for Admission:

Applicants for admission to the STB program must have a bachelor’s degree form an accredited college or university. The applicant must have a minimum of thirty (30) semester credit hours in philosophical studies appropriate for theological coursework (including the History of Philosophy, Logic, Philosophical Anthropology, Philosophy of Nature, Metaphysics, Philosophy of God, Philosophical Ethics, Epistemology) and a reading knowledge of Latin as verified by coursework or the passing of a reading exam administered by the Academic Office.

All other admission requirements as outline in Section IV of this catalog apply. The academic prerequisites for admission will be evaluated by the Academic Dean who may, in individual cases, allow the student to remedy particular deficiencies during the first year of the program.


Program Requirements:

The program requires completion of 96 credits according to the following distribution:


Sacred Scripture                                                                        21 credits

Moral Theology                                                                         18 credits

Dogmatics (including Liturgical and Historical Theology)             45 credits

Pastoral Theology (Canon Law)                                                    6 credits

Greek I and II                                                                              6 credits


If the student enters the STB Program with a reading competence in Greek, coursework in Greek may be waived if competence is demonstrated with the successful passing of a reading examination administered by the Academic Office.

The student in the STB Program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in STB coursework. He must pass oral and written comprehensive examinations in the final semester of the program with an average score of 3.0 out of 4.0. Further details about the STB comprehensive exams may be found in the STB Study Guide made available from the Academic Office.


The S.T.B. Plan of Studies is as follows:

Theology I

     Pentateuch and Historical Books (3)
   Synoptic Gospels (3)
     Prophets (3)
   Johannine Writings (3)
     Fundamental Theology (3)
   Theological Anthropology  (3)
     Moral Theology I: Fundamental Moral Theology (3)
   Spiritual Theology (3)
     Greek I (3)
   Greek II (3)

Theology II

     Wisdom Literature (3)
   Hebrews, Catholic Epistles and Revelation (3)
     Pauline Corpus (3)
   Liturgical Theology I (3)
     Trinity (3)
   Christology (3)
     Moral Theology II: Virtues and Vices (3)
   Moral Theology III: Human Sexuality (3)
     Sacramental Theology I: Intro & Sacraments of Initiation (3)

Theology III

     Historical Theology I (3)
   Historical Theology II (3)
     Sacramental Theology II: Eucharist (3)
   Sacramental Theology III: Marriage (3)
     Moral Theology IV: Catholic Social Teaching (3)
   Moral Theology V: Bioethics (3)
   Canon Law I: Introduction to Canon Law (3)

Theology IV

     Historical Theology III (3)
   Historical Theology IV (3)
     Sacramental Theology IV: Penance & Anointing (3)
   Sacramental Theology V: Holy Orders (3)
     Ecclesiology (3)
     Canon Law II: The Sacraments (3)

In the Spring semester of Theology IV, seminarians must pass both the oral and written S.T.B. comprehensive examination.