Department of Theology

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The Theology Program promotes a more just and humane society within the context of faith and theological reflection. It enables students to understand the discourse on the human experience of God by means of a historical-critical approach. 

A major in theology challenges our students to respond to the universal call to actively engage in the transformation of society. Thus, students are prepared to assume positions of leadership in academia and/or professional life. In keeping with the call to transform society, the theology program prepares students for a variety of academic, professional, and service opportunities.

In the Catholic and historically black tradition of Xavier University of Louisiana, the mission of the department of theology is to provide students with an understanding of the discourse on the human experience of God by means of a historical-critical approach. 

To fulfill this mission, the department offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology that will prepare the student for graduate study in theology, religion, philosophy, the social sciences, history, the humanities, the arts, professional schools, and careers in human services. Students completing the B.A. in theology will know and understand the methods used in the study of theology and religion, and will also demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of the theories used in the study of religion.

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Cirecie West-Olatunji, Ph.D., has been named the new Director of Xavier University of Louisiana’s Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit (CEJHS). As the new Director of the CEJHS, Dr. West-Olatunji will lead initiatives in pursuit of CEJHS’ mission that is to engage, support, and promote innovative thinking across disciplines regarding race, class, and systemic inequities. With faith, this mission will do justice toward a better understanding of issues impacting modern societies and vexing the human spirit.

Faculty & Staff, Educational Leadership, Community Engagement

Xavier Professor Dr. Basil Davis recently published “The Basic Physics of Quantum Theory” through World Scientific Publishing. The publication is designed to help the layperson learn the intimidating subject of quantum theory. It is the latest publication by Dr. Davis, who has previously published articles and books in both science and theology.

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