Awarded conjointly by Regis College and the University of Toronto
The Master of Theological Studies Program (Theology, Spirituality, and the Arts Stream) is a first degree in theology that complements previous professional or academic training. These studies take place in a Roman Catholic faith community grounded in Ignatian spirituality that prepares students to respond insightfully and creatively to the needs of the world with generosity and discernment. Students may select one of two focuses.

Goals

  • Receive focused academic content in the area of theology, spirituality and the arts within the existing learning objectives and structure of the MTS;
  • Explore the range of ways that the arts and arts related vocations intersect with theological understanding;
  • Build relationships with artists, art experts, academics, therapists, and the public and private cultural institutions of Toronto and beyond;
  • Use interdisciplinary methodologies from theology, aesthetics theory, art history, pastoral theology, liturgy and material culture studies, and other related disciplines.

 

 

Program Outline & Requirements

 

The MTS – Theology, Spirituality, and the Arts Stream is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze and interpret the theological dimension of the arts and culture.

 

All courses for full-time and part-time students, including any variation from the norm, require the approval of each college’s Basic Degree Director and an advisor for the Theology, Spirituality, and the Arts stream.

 

 

Program Outline Details

Biblical: 3 Units

 

  • RGB1005H Introduction to Old Testament
  • RGB1501H Introduction to New Testament
  • One Elective (from the list below)
    • RGB3902H Interpreting the Bible in the Early Church
    • RGB39XXH The Word Made Visible: Visual Biblical Interpretations in the Early Church (under development)^

 

 

 

Historical: 2 Units

 

  • Introduction: Early Church History
  • One Elective: Taken at the 3000 level (one of the below):
    • RGH3755H Eastern Christian Icons [*T]^
    • RGH3227H Jesuits and Globalization
    • RGH3721H Pilgrim Souls: Theology, Art and Architecture in Britain from William Blake to William Morris [*T, P]^

Theological: 4 Units

 

  • RGT1101H Foundations of Theology
  • One Elective: Taken at the 3000 level & Two Other Electives (three of the below):
    • RGT3728H Philosophy and Theology of Beauty^
    • RGT3601H Faith and Culture
    • RGT3281H Hans Urs von Balthasar
    • RGT3661H Mystical Landscape Art: From Vincent van Gogh to Emily Carr [*H, P]^
    • RGT3745H Issues in the Philosophy of Religion and The Brothers Karamazov

Moral Theology: 2 Units

 

  • RGT1905H Ethical Reflections on Pastoral Practice
  • One Elective: RGT2943H Social Faith, Eco-Justice and Transforming Beauty^

Pastoral: 4 Units

 

  • RGP1621H Ignatian Foundations for Mission & Ministry
  • One Elective: Taken at the 3000 level & Two Other Electives (three of the below):
    • RGP3214H Spirituality and Culture
    • RGP3855H Spirituality and Literature [*T]
    • RGP3271H The Imagination of Spirit [*T]
    • RGP3273H Prayer and Meditation Through Pencil, Pastel, and Ink Sketching^
    • RGP3209H Spiritual Theology of Evelyn Underhill [*T]
    • RGP3207H Spirituality and Suffering [*T]^
    • RGP38XXH Spirituality in Rembrandt and Van Gogh with Henri Nouwen as Guide [*T,H]^

Required Introductory Course for the Stream in Theology, Spirituality and the Arts: 3 Units

 

RGT1120H Theology, Spirituality and the Arts [*H, P]^

 

Closure: RGT3790Y MTS Synthesis Paper: 2 Units

 

Topic focus will be governed by consideration of the interrelation of theology, spirituality and the arts.

 

Admission Requirements

  • Fulfill minimum requirements for all basic programs.
  • Two referee evaluation forms.
  • A self-evaluation form.
  • An admission interview.

First Studies Focus

Seminar 

 

A 18-hour seminar in academic skills entitled “Introduction to Philosophical Studies” given over the course of 6 days in late August.

Religious Heritage: 8 Units

 

  • RGP1621H Ignatian Foundations for Mission and Ministry
  • RGT1101H Foundations of Theology
  • RGB1005H Introduction to the Old Testament
  • RGB1501H Introduction to the New Testament
  • Introduction: Early Church History
  • Three Electives:  In Theology, Contextual Theology or Biblical Languages

Cultural Context: 10 Units

 

The precise courses that fulfill the philosophy distribution requirements will be determined each year by the program director/academic advisor.

4 units in the history of philosophy; one from each of the different historical periods:

 

  • Ancient
  • Medieval
  • Early Modern
  • Contemporary

4 units in different philosophical disciplines:

 

  • Philosophy of God
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics

2 units of electives in Philosophy

Social and Natural Sciences, Humanities, or a Second Language: 10 Units

 

With the approval of the program director, courses may be completed on an undergraduate level.

Summative Exercise: 2 Units

 

  • A final integrative seminar in which the student prepares a 30-page paper, which will be defended orally in the first week of June.

Graduation Requirements

  • A passing grade of B- or better in each of 20 course units, including a pass in the synthesis paper.
  • An overall course average of B-.