Through affiliation with the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., St. Patrick’s offers the Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) degree.  The STB is an ecclesiastical degree, and the program provides first-level theological competence so that the graduate may pursue further theological studies in the ecclesiastical system.  Seminarians at St. Patrick’s may pursue the M.Div. and S.T.B. degrees concurrently.


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.

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