Catholic Studies


The Catholic Studies major at Ave Maria University focuses on the interdisciplinary character of the impact of the Catholic Faith on the broader society across the centuries. The major includes a foundation of doctrinal and moral studies The students then have the opportunity to study other disciplines in which the engagement with Catholic teaching is a primary component of the course. With this approach, students will be introduced to the doctrinal and moral foundations of Catholic theology while also studying how the Catholic Faith has influenced all of the disciplines within Western Civilization.

Ex Corde Ecclesiae directly calls for this interdisciplinary approach: “While each discipline is taught systematically and according to its own methods, interdisciplinary studies, assisted by a careful and thorough study of philosophy and theology, enable students to acquire an organic vision of reality and to develop a continuing desire for intellectual progress” (20).

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In addition to the core curriculum, catholic studies majors take the following courses

Required Theology Courses from the Core Curriculum:

  • THEO 105 Sacred Scripture
  • THEO 205 Sacred Doctrine
  • THEO 305 Moral Theology (instead of THEO 400 for non-majors)

Required Theology Courses: 

  • THEO 206 Creation and Grace
  • THEO 307 Sacraments
  • THEO 309 Christ and His Church
  • THEO 405 Triune God
  • THEO 490 Senior Seminar

Elective Courses (4 Required)

  • Any THEO courses
  • HIST 362 The Crusades
  • LATN 304 Latin Church Fathers
  • LATN 403 Scholastic Latin Texts
  • LITR 415 Thomas More
  • MUSC 305 Heritage of Sacred Music
  • PHIL 406 St. Augustine
  • PHIL 407 St. Thomas Aquinas
  • PHIL 408 Franciscan Philosophy
  • PHIL 409 John Henry Newman
  • POLT 302 Catholic Political Thought

Other courses dealing primarily with Catholic themes, text or issues as approved by the Theology Department Chair.

See the Academic Catalogue for course descriptions

Gerald Boersma, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology
Education: B.A., Religious Studies, Trinity Western University; M.A., Theology, Ave Maria University; Ph.D., Theology and Religion, University of Durham
Office: Henkels 3003
Phone: (239) 304-7910
Curriculum Vitae: Download

Michael Dauphinais, Ph.D.

Chair of the Theology Department, Professor of Theology
Education: B.S., Engineering, Duke University; M.T.S., Theology, Duke Divinity School; Ph.D., Systematic Theology, University of Notre Dame
Office: Henkels 3005
Phone: (239) 280-2538
Curriculum Vitae: Download

Fr. Robert Garrity, S.T.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology
Education: B.A., English Literature, Aurora University; M.A., Theology, Catholic University of America S.T.L., Theology, Catholic University of America; J.C.L., Canon Law, The Catholic University of America; S.T.D., Theology, The Catholic University of America
Office: Henkels 2068
Phone: (239) 280-2424
Curriculum Vitae: Download

Daniel Lendman, Ph.D. (candidate)

Adjunct Instructor of Theology
Education: B.A., Liberal Arts, Thomas Aquinas College; M.A., Philosophy, Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology; S.T.M., Theology, International Theological Insitute; S.T.L., Systematic Theology, International Theological Insitute; Ph.D. (candidate), Systematic Theology, Ave Maria University

Steven Long, Ph.D.

Professor of Theology
Education: B.A., Philosophy, University of Toledo; M.A., Philosophy, University of Toledo; Ph.D., Philosophy, The Catholic University of America
Office: Henkels 3007
Phone: (239) 280-1664

Fr. Guy Mansini, S.T.D.

Max Seckler Chair of Theology 
Education: B.A., Philosophy, Saint Meinrad College; M. Div., Theology, Saint Meinrad School of Theology; M.A., Religious Studies, Indiana University; M.A., Philosophy, Marquette University; S.T.D., Pontifical Gregorian University
Office:Henkels 3009
Phone: (239) 280-2594


Mark Miravalle, S.T.L., S.T.D.

Visiting Fellow of Mariology
Education: B.A., Theology, University of San Francisco; S.T.L., Sacred Theology, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas; S.T.D., Sacred Theology, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas

Gina Maria Noia, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology
Education: B.S., Political Science & Philosophy, University of Scranton; M.A., Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University; Ph.D., Theology and Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University
Office: Henkels 3029
Phone: (239) 304-7935

Roger Nutt, S.T.L., S.T.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Theology
Education: B.E.S., Literature & Philosophy, St. Cloud State University; M.A., Theology & Christian Ministry, Franciscan University of Steubenville; S.T.B., Sacred Theology, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, S.T.L., Sacred Theology, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas; S.T.D., Sacred Theology, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas
Office: Henkels 3056
Phone: (239) 280-1603
Curriculum Vitae: Download

James Prothro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology 
Education: B.A., Liberal Arts, Concordia University; M.A., Classics, Washington University, 1 Div., Theology, Concordia Seminary; Ph.D., New Testament, University of Cambridge,
Office: Henkels 3029
Phone: (239) 304-7934

Thomas Scheck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology
Thomas Scheck has translated a number of biblical commentaries and sets of homilies by the Church Fathers, Origen, St. Jerome and St. Chromatius of Aquileia. He has published two books: Origen and the History of Justification, and Erasmus’s Life of Origen.

Education: B.A., Bible & Theology, Moody Bible Institute; M.Div., Bible & Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies: Religion, Classics & Philosophy, University of Iowa
Office: Henkels 3027
Phone: (239) 280-1640
Curriculum Vitae: Download

T. Adam Van Wart, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology
Education: B.S., Psychology, Texas Christian University; M.A., Counseling, Dallas Theological Seminary; Th.M., Systematic Theology Dallas Theological Seminary; M.T.S., Theology, Duke University; Ph.D., Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University
Office: Henkels Academic Building 3008
Phone: (239) 304-7825
Curriculum Vitae: Download


Jeffrey Walkey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology
Education: B.S., Management Purdue University; M.T.S. Theological Studies, Duke Divinity School; Ph.D. Religious Studies, Maquette University
Office: Henkels 3004
Phone: (239) 304-7363
Curriculum Vitae: Download