The Theology Department has as its main purpose the study, transmission, and interpretation of Christian tradition as a part of and in relation to the wider religious heritage of humankind. It is the goal of the department to enable all graduates of Valparaiso University to be knowledgeable of the Christian faith, sensitive to religious issues in our global society, and prepared for roles in which their understanding of religion may enhance their contribution to church and society. The Theology Department plays an essential part in expressing and defining the University’s commitment to the Christian tradition, particularly to the Lutheran perspective. The department also seeks to assist students in becoming more aware of their own religious traditions, more critical and affirming in their appropriation of them, and more respectful of other traditions.