Critical knowledge of theological methodology and an ability to contribute original research in a chosen field of study will be key factors in the process. The program stresses collaborative education, with scholarly interchange across the traditional sub-disciplines of theological studies (Bible, history, theology, pastoral praxis). Research and teaching is centered in the study of Christian life and thought past and present recognizing that creative theological conversation and specialized research require in depth appropriation of philosophical and religious traditions of the past as well as ecumenical, interdisciplinary, inter-religious and cross-cultural co-operation in the present. Courses and research projects consider interdisciplinary, ecumenical, and global perspectives with focused attention to issues of method in research and learning goals in educational theory, course design, and instructional practice. Students enrolling through Regis College enjoy a committed Roman Catholic faith community grounded in Ignatian spirituality that values academic excellence, aesthetic appreciation, critical dialogue with culture and engaged learning that addresses issues of justice.