St. Mary's Seminary & University

Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology Degree (S.T.B.)

The requirements for the baccalaureate degree are as follows:

  1. Completion of the philosophical and undergraduate theological coursework as defined in the current edition of the Program for Priestly Formation;
  2. Completion of 93 graduate credit hours of course work;
  3. Maintaining a 2.5 G.P.A. for the S.T.B. courses;
  4. Successful completion of written comprehensive examinations.

Although the number of graduate credit hours required for the S.T.B. could be completed in six semesters, seminarians will be required to take the S.T.B. courses in accord with the cycle of courses required for priesthood candidates, concurrent with civil degrees.  Thus, seminarians will not complete all of the requirements for the S.T.B. degree until they are in their eighth semester of theology at St. Mary’s.  However, qualified seminarians will be permitted to begin taking S.T.L. courses and fulfilling S.T.L. requirements during their seventh and eighth semesters of theology.  The number of semester credit hours per course is three unless otherwise noted.


Philosophy (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Philosophical Argumentation
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Philosophical Ethics
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Medieval and Modern Philosophy
  • Contemporary Issues in Philosophy
  • Epistemological Issues in Theology
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Nature
  • Philosophy of God
Undergraduate Theology (12 credits)
  • Introduction to Catholic Catechism I
  • Introduction to Catholic Catechism II
  • Introduction to Scripture
  • Prayer and Priesthood
Liberal Arts (9 credits)
  • Communication for Pastors
  • Ecclesiastical Latin or Pastoral Spanish


Sacred Scripture (22.5 credits)
  • The Bible in the Church (1.5)
  • Pentateuch & Historical Literature
  • Gospels of Mark & Matthew
  • Gospel of Luke & Acts of the Apostles
  • Pauline Epistles
  • Prophetic Literature
  • Psalms & Wisdom Literature
  • Johannine Literature
Systematic and Liturgical Theology (33 credits)
  • Liturgical Theology
  • Fundamental Theology
  • Doctrine of God
  • Theological Anthropology
  • Christology & Soteriology
  • Theology of the Church
  • Sacraments of Initiation

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