1. The Institute’s Cycle of Theology offers a general introduction to the following disciplines: “Sacred Scripture, fundamental Theology (with attention to questions of ecumenism, non-Christian religions, and atheism); dogmatic Theology; moral Theology; Spiritual Theology; canon law; pastoral Theology; liturgy; Church history; patristics; and archeology” (Statute, art. 73a; cf. art. 6), as well as biblical languages (Hebrew and Greek), and teaching in methods of scientific research (cf. Statute, art. 73b).
This first cycle comprises a three-year period of theological studies at the end of which is obtained the Baccalaureate or Degree in Theology (cf. Statute, art. 5a), necessary to access the diverse types of specialization in the Teresianum or other centres.
2. To enrol in this Cycle, the student must have attained the qualifications required for admission to a civil university (cf. Statute, art. 45a; 70a; Veritatis Guadium, art. 32 §1); the student must also present a certificate verifying a two-year study of philosophy, fulfilled in a regular way at a faculty of philosophy or in another ecclesiastical institute authorized for this purpose (cf. Statute, artt. 45b; 70b; Veritatis Gaudium, art. 75 §2).
3. After ten years from the first enrolment as an ordinary student in the baccalaureate cycle, the right to continue the studies expires.
4. It is essential to know Italian (cf. Statute, artt. 45c; 74) and Latin (cf. (Statute, art. 45d; 70c; Veritatis Gaudium, Norme, art. 26 §3).
5. To achieve the Baccalaureate of Theology, it is necessary to have attended all the courses set down in the plan of studies, to have passed these set examinations and the De Universa Theologia examination (cf. Statute, art. 88).
6. The De Universa Theologia exam has as its object a certain number of subjects approved by the Executive Commission, pertaining to all the fundamental dogmatic material.
The exam, which is oral, lasts approximately 45 minutes (cf. Norms, 48). In the first 15 minutes the student gives a personal synthesis of a topic already chosen. The professors then question the student on any subject in the curriculum summary provided for the examination.
It is possible to sit for the Baccalaureate examination only three times within the space of three successive years.
The language of the De Universa exam is Italian; at the judgment of the Examining Committee, other languages may be used.
7. For the academic degree of the baccalaureate, the final grade or mark is calculated as follows:
-3/4 for the average achieved during the three years:
-1/4 for the De Universa test.
Times of classes
Monday to Friday 08.30-12.55. Some classes may take place in the afternoon (15.30-18.50).