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Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

We are so happy to welcome our new students!

What is the DSPT Difference?

Our programs integrate philosophy and theology to apply the wisdom of these traditions today.

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Pursuing the truth as a community and dialoguing with the culture are essential elements of our education.

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What do our students value about our education?

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We study the questions that matter in the tradition of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

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Highlights

800th Jubilee Kickoff Event

Attend in person or watch live - Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP will present new discoveries about third order Dominicans.

Welcome to our new students!

We hope Orientation goes well for you and that you can find everything you need to get started here.

Introducing our new President, Fr. Peter Rogers, OP

I am excited to work for the continued growth of the school, by working with the student body, staff, and the network of our DSPT collaborators and supporters.

We will name the President's Office and a stained glass window after Fr. Michael!

Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, finished his service as DSPT President on June 30. Thank you to all who have joined us in honoring him.

Fall 2015 Courses

Take a look at the classes we are offering this fall: History of Christianity, Does God Exist?, Aristotelian Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Theology of Sacraments, Christian-Muslim Dialogue, Salesian Identity & Charism - and more.

VIDEO: Thomas Aquinas in Art & Legend

Watch the video of the 25th Annual Aquinas Lecture delivered by DSPT Professor of Religion and the Arts Michael Morris, OP who spoke on Saint Thomas Aquinas in Art and Legend: An Iconographic Study of the Angelic Doctor.

Congratulations Fr. Hilary Martin, OP on 50 years teaching at DSPT!

"I enjoy conversation. I believe that honest and intelligent dialogue between professor and student, and students among themselves, is the best form of communication and sets down the deepest roots."

Video & Papers from God, Reason and Reality Symposium

A symposium on "God, Reason and Reality", a collection of articles edited by Anselm Ramelow, OP, with Ed Feser as a guest speaker and Michael Dodds, OP, one of the contributors, discussing questions of the existence and nature of God.

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Meet our professors and learn about our classes, concentrations and programs to see what makes us unique. Do you have questions? Would you like to sit in on a class? Contact us to get more information or plan a visit.

Faculty spotlight

Christopher Renz, OP

My background as a scientist provides a lens through which I view all of my academic work in philosophy and theology. My goal is to understand not only the biology of the human body but also the “chemistry” of the human spirit. My interest include creative intuition, beauty and the arts in society and Catholic culture.

Anselm Ramelow, OP

I seek to awaken the minds of my students to the fascination of being and truth, and I would like to instill in them the ability to think for themselves, to make creative connections across discourses, to relish truth and insight where they encounter it and to develop resistance to misleading intellectual fashions of the world.

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2 Degrees with 1 Thesis

At DSPT, you can earn two Masters degrees (MA Philosophy/MA Theology) with the completion of a single thesis. Several concentrations are available, including Thomistic Studies and Religion & the Arts.

Moral Theology and Christian Ethics Concentration

This concentration emphasizes the Christian tradition of virtue ethics, as rooted in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. Faculty expertise also allows for comparative and interdisciplinary study, such as in Christian and Islamic ethics.

Twentieth-Century Thomism Class

This class is designed to present a survey of some of the twentieth-century Thomists, and examine the development of the thought of St. Thomas in dialogue with the challenges of modernity and the problems of contemporary society.

Contemporary Cinema: Theological Reflection Class

Students develop an understanding of religious art as the key to a deeper understanding of theology. Students are offered a multidimensional approach to understanding religious themes in all expressions of art.

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