Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Awards & Honors

The Karl Rahner Award for Excellence in Theological Studies
This will be awarded to the Theology Major with the highest GPA in their Major and the highest GPA in their Academic Program, overall.
The Ninian Smart Award for Excellence in Religious Studies
This will be awarded to the Religious Studies Major with the highest GPA in their Major and the highest GPA in their Academic Program, overall.
First Honors
First Honors in Theology is awarded to students with an overall GPA of 3.5 and a GPA of 3.7 in their theology courses.
Second Honors
Second Honors in Theology is awarded to students with an overall GPA of 3.3 and a GPA of 3.5 in their theology courses.
Departmental Distinction
Graduation with Departmental Distinction is awarded to students who qualify for First Honors and who have taken two additional Theology courses at the 300 level beyond the requirements for the major.
Certificate of Merit
This award is given to a graduating senior with an average above 3.5 in the Theology major. No minimum overall GPA is specified.