Franciscan announces more online programs

STEUBENVILLE — For the first time, Franciscan University of Steubenville’s bachelor of arts in theology and bachelor of arts in philosophy will be offered online, beginning with the fall 2020 semester.

“For years, we have heard from Catholic adults across the country and globe who love our mission and want to benefit from a Franciscan University degree in theology or philosophy but could never come to Steubenville because of family and work obligations,” said Daniel Kempton, Franciscan University vice president for academic affairs.

“Now, both of these popular on-campus undergraduate programs will also be available online.”

In addition to adult learners, the programs will be of interest to college-age students who, for a variety of reasons, prefer online learning.

The online bachelor of arts in theology will provide a strong foundation in Christology (study of Christ), ecclesiology (study of the church), moral theology, the sacraments, the Old Testament and the New Testament as taught by Franciscan faculty including John Bergsma, Scott Hahn, Regis Martin, Mark Miravalle, Alan Schreck, Michael Waldstein and others.

According to university officials, the online bachelor of arts in philosophy cultivates a love for truth, beauty and goodness through courses rooted in the Western philosophical tradition and informed by the Catholic faith. It develops writing and critical thinking skills valued by employers and valuable for entrance into graduate programs, and it meets the philosophy requirements established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for entrance into major seminary.

The university began offering undergraduate online degrees in theology and philosophy in fall 2017 with associate of arts programs in both subjects.

Kempton said all the courses are created and built by the same professors who teach in the on-campus programs. They will include Franciscan’s core curriculum, a common educational experience shared by all undergraduate on-campus students that is based on the Western intellectual tradition, the Franciscan educational heritage and the Catholic mission of Franciscan University.

The Rev. Jonathan St. Andre, vice president of Franciscan Life, said both online programs will be grounded in Franciscan University’s mission to educate, evangelize, and send forth joyful disciples.

“We are excited to extend the university’s mission of cooperating with the Lord in creating joyful disciples through an online experience that is distinctively Catholic, Franciscan, and transformative,” said St. Andre.

For information and to apply, go to online.franciscan.edu, or contact Tom Weishaar, director of online and graduate enrollment, at online@franciscan.edu or (740) 283-4410.


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