Theology and Religious Studies Minor

Chairperson: Peter Spitaler, Ph.D.
Program Director: Mark Graham, Ph.D.
Office Location: 203 Saint Augustine Center
Telephone: 610-519-4730


Theological and religious studies as conceived, studied, and advanced at Villanova are interdisciplinary and integrative. Students pursue their objectives from diverse theological and religious perspectives, places them in dialogue with each other, and integrate religious and theological knowledge with experience and other forms of knowing.

Our programs explore the intersections of Catholic theology, religion, and cultures(s) and prepare students for graduate studies and for careers in humanitarian, philanthropic or other non-profit, charitable organizations; and in religious organizations as campus, youth or parish minister, educator, catechist, retreat worker, administrator, counselor, spiritual director or in one of the many other positions such organizations offer. 

MINOR (15 credits)

The minor is open to all students. Students can take the minor in conjunction with any other program in any Villanova College. Once the required coursework is completed, Villanova recognizes the minor at the time of graduation on the official transcript.

Program Notes:

  • For the THL Elective: 3 credits may be taken from among the approved extra-departmental courses listed below the Required Minor Courses list. The TRS Director of Undergraduate Programs may approve additional courses (for example, a course taken overseas or particular themes or topic courses not listed explicitly in the University Catalog). Because such courses do not carry the Core Theology (CTHL) attribute, they will count toward the Major degree only with prior approval from the Director.
  • Total number of elective courses from outside the TRS Department (including courses taken overseas) must not exceed three credit hours.

Required Minor Courses:

Item #
THL Elective for Minor  +


The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Fall 2021. Please consult the appropriate archived handbook available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog.