LICENTIATE in Sacred Theology (STL)
with a specialization in
Theology of Marriage and the Family
Director of Studies: Prof. JOSE GRANADOS
1. Those who possess a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (at least cum laude) are eligible to be admitted to the Licentiate program.
The students who have attended the six year philosophical-theological program at seminaries or religious institutes which do not grant the aforementioned title must take an admissions exam.
2. In order to be able to defend his or her thesis, the student must have a total of 81 ECTS*, thus divided: 54 ECTS of fundamental courses (obligatory), 15 ECTS of optional courses, 12 ECTS of seminars (one a semester). Every seminar is worth 3 ECTS.
3. Admission to the second year of the Licentiate program is conditional upon the knowledge of at least two of the following languages (excluding one’s native language): Italian, English, French, German, Spanish. The two languages (each one equivalent to 2 ECTS) can not belong to the same family. This knowledge is demonstrated by documentation or by passing a test at the Institute, which consists in the reading and immediate translation of a brief text.
4. Every semester the student must read a book and present a written objective exposition and critical evaluation of this work. These papers (each one equivalent to 1 ECTS) will be followed, in the first two semesters, by the tutor (lecturer of the tutorial seminar), who has the job of accompanying the student during his first year, introducing him to the academic experience. During the other two semesters, at least one of the other two works to review will be chosen among those relevant to a fundamental course.
5. Admission to the courses and seminars is conditional upon a knowledge of the Italian language. This knowledge is demonstrated by passing a test in the Institute at the beginning of the academic year. He or she who does not pass the test, must attend and pass an intensive course of Italian for international students organized by the Institute.
6. The student can insert in his plan of studies, in the course of the two years, a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 7 optional courses. In order to calculate the final average, only the 5 optional courses with the highest grades will be considered.
7. First year students must attend, during the first semester, a tutorial seminar reserved for them alone (with a maximum of 7 students), held by tenured professors of the Institute. The professor will conduct his or her role as tutor throughout the first year. This seminar has the goal of verifying and integrating the scientific methodology and introducing the new students to the specific prospective and approach of the Institute, to the reality of the person, of marriage, and of the family. This seminar will be conducted through the reading of certain works, or parts of these works, which are considered important for studies at the Institute. Passing the tutorial seminar will include passing seminar 75318 and the reading of the first work included in the plan of studies.
Norms for the Licentiate dissertation
1. During the two-year cycle the student must prepare a written dissertation, by which he or she demonstrates his or her capacity for scientific work and his or her fitness for teaching.
2. To fulfill this norm, the student must respect the following directives:
a) By November of the second year, the student must come to an agreement with one of the professors concerning the preparation of the aforementioned dissertation.
b) By the end of November, the student must turn in to the Secretariat a card bearing the title of this dissertation and the signature of the Professor.
c) The written dissertation (in 4 copies) must be presented in Secretariat 30 days before the defense. The final exams for the Licentiate will be held in February, June and October. Together with the copies of the dissertation, the “nulla osta” form, signed by the Professor, and a form for the choice of two other Readers, to be submitted for approval by the Director of Studies, must be handed in.
d) The written dissertation must not be any longer than one hundred pages, including the indices and the bibliography.
e) The theme of the lectio coram must be picked up, at the Secretariat, by those students interested, two days before the defense of the final dissertation. This theme will be chosen by the Director of Studies, upon recommendation by the Reader of the thesis, from among the themes contained in the text “Prospettive di ricerca e di insegnamento” (“Perspectives for Research and of Teaching”).
3. The public defense will take place before, other than the Reader, two professors nominated by the Director of Studies.
4. Every semester the student must read a book and present a written objective exposition and critical evaluation of this work. These papers (each one equivalent to 1 ECTS) will be followed, in the first two semesters, by the tutor (lecturer of the tutorial seminar), who has the job of accompanying the student during his first year, introducing him to the academic experience. During the other two semesters, at least one of the other two works to review will be chosen among those relevant to a fundamental course and, eventually, an optional course, which will be followed by the respective professors.
5. The final grade (expressed in thirtieths) will be calculated using the following formula:
– The average of the fundamental courses and seminars: 40% (67 ECTS)
– The average of the optional courses: 10% (15 ECTS)
– The dissertation: 40% (20 ECTS)
– Lectio coram: 10% (10 ECTS)
When there are decimals, grades inferior to 0.5 are rounded down; grades equal to or superior to 0.5 are rounded up.
Dott.ssa Gabriella ESPOSITO
Tel: (+39) 06 698 95 536