Welcome to the Department of Theology at Fordham University
The Department of Theology promotes a tradition of scholarly excellence and offers robust breadth and depth for undergraduate and graduate studies. Our distinguished faculty members undergird this tradition of excellence through their scholarly research and teaching.
The Department of Theology offers four tracks for the undergraduate major, a two-year M.A. program, and a Ph.D. program with four focal areas for doctoral research:
Within the Fordham University community, the faculty and students of the Department of Theology benefit from collaboration with the Center for Ethics Education; Medieval Studies; Orthodox Christian Studies; the McGinley Chair in Religion and Society; and affiliated faculty from the Classics and Philosophy departments.
In the larger metropolitan area, the Department of Theology is part of the New York City Doctoral Consortium, which enables students to draw on the courses, library resources and faculties of Columbia University, Union Theological Seminary, New York University, Jewish Theological Seminary, General Theological Seminary, and St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary.
The undergraduate theology program works closely with the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice and the Honors Program at the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses. Fordham also offers a chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honors society in Theology and Religious Studies.
Fordham Theology faculty members have been active in commenting for members of the print, broadcast, and electronic media concerning the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The following members of the faculty have given interviews, written commentaries, or been featured in the press since the pope's resignation was announced February 11:
George E. Demacopoulos, Ph.D.
Wrote a guest blog post for University of Pennsylvania Press, February 18
Interviewed on PIX11 News, February 12
Interviewed on ABC World News Now, February 27
James Fisher, Ph.D.
Interviewed by German public broadcaster ARD, February 13
Jeannine Hill Fletcher, Th.D.
Interviewed by USA Today, February 21
Interviewed by Reuters, February 21
J. Patrick Hornbeck, II, D.Phil.
Interviewed by Uptown Radio, March 1
Michael E. Lee, Ph.D.
Interviewed for ABC New York program Tiempo, hosted by Joe Torres, broadcast February 17
Interviewed by NY 1 en español, February 11
Interviewed by Bronx 12 en español, February 11
Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J., Dr. theol. habil.
Interviewed by Salt Lake Tribune, February 20
Interviewed on WNYC radio, February 11
Quoted in Meredith Galante, “Cardinal Dolan Reacts to Pope’s Resignation,” A.M. New York, February 11
Quoted in Kristen Moulton, “Remembering Benedict - the teacher, the traditionalist,” Salt Lake Tribune, March 1; reprinted in The Mercury, march 1
James McCartin, Ph.D.
Interviewed: “Interview: Papacy in Transition,” Council on Foreign Relations, February 11
Michael L. Peppard, Ph.D.
Authored “Terra incognita: What are the known unknowns?” dotCommonweal, February 11
Maureen A. Tilley, Ph.D.
Interviewed on WABC News, February 25
Interviewed by Vasili Sushkov, Voice of Russia Radio, February 22
Interviewed on 1010 WINS, February 11
Appearances on PIX11 News, February 11, February 17, February 21
Provided background to Jeane Macintosh, “Chaos behind the last such case—in 1415,” New York Post, February 11
Quoted in James Ford, “The Next Pope? He may currently be working south of the equator”, PIX11.com, February 11
Interviewed by CBS 2, February 11
Quoted in Stephen Rex Brown, “Pope Benedict's signet ring will be destroyed using special silver papal hammer to ensure documents it was used to sign will not be forged,” New York Daily News, February 27
Terrence W. Tilley, Ph.D.
Interviewed by ABC 7, February 23
Appearance on CrossTalk (program of Russia Today TV channel), February 14
Interviewed by Mundo Fox (English), February 12
Appearance by telephone on Good Morning Westchester, February 12
Two interviews by NY 1, February 11
Interviewed by Fox 5, February 11
Interviewed by New York Post, February 11
Appearance on CBS Up to the Minute news service, February 11
Appearance on News 12 The Bronx, February 11
Quoted in Stacy Meichtry and Liam Moloney, “Pope Resigns in Historic Move,” Wall Street Journal, February 11
Quoted in “U.S. Catholics Surprised by Pope’s Resignation,” Wall Street Journal, February 11
Quoted in David Gibson, “Pope Benedict XVI Recasts World’s View on Papacy”, Religion News Service, February 11 (carried) in Newark Star-Ledger, February 11
Quoted in Palash R. Ghosh, International Business Times, “Pope Benedict XVI Resigns: Do Western Catholics Really Even Care?” February 11
Quoted in Cathy Grossman, “ANALYSIS: Vatican intrigue is age-old part of papal politics,” Religion News Service, February 27; printed in the Washington Post On Faith blog, February 27
Quoted in Eric J. Lyman and Cathy Grossman, “Pope Benedict leaves amid a holy mess at the Vatican,” USA Today, February 27
On Friday, February 1, the Arts and Sciences Deans presented the annual award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching to Associate Professor Benjamin Dunning, commenting especially on his groundbreaking work on the assessment of doctoral dissertations in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Department of Theology warmly congratulates Prof. Dunning on his achievement. He joins Professors Johnson, Nasuti, and Papanikolaou as Theology Department recipients of the deans' annual teaching awards.
Orthodox Christian Studies Center Earns NEH Challenge Grant
Professors George Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou, co-founding directors of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center, receive NEH grant. Read the Inside Fordham story here.
Orthodoxy Lecture Chronicles the Philokalia
Very Rev. John Anthony McGuckin discusses the spiritual tradition of the Philokalia in the Orthodoxy in America Lecture Series. Read the story here.