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Undergraduate Theology at St. Mary’s

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What is Theology?

Theologians study religious beliefs and the nature of God.

Theology students at St. Mary’s explore the sources and ideas central to Christian faith while searching for practical application that faith has for the way people and communities live. Through critical investigation and the use of diverse methods, students in the Theology program apply critical thinking and interdisciplinary knowledge to understand the origins of Christianity and its meaning for today.

Degree Plans

The interdisciplinary Theology curriculum at St. Mary’s is rooted in the Catholic and Marianist tradition of service while offering courses that are inclusive of all students and faith traditions.

Several study options are available:

Students can also pursue a combined degree:

Theology Classes

Students of all majors take at least two courses in Theology as part of the Core Curriculum. Through the open, critical study of scripture, moral theology and systemic theology, majors build on a commitment to the compatibility of faith and reason.

Sample courses:

  • Moral Theology / Christian Ethics
  • Major Old Testament Themes
  • Major New Testament Themes
  • Catholic Social Ethics

Find all course descriptions and requirements:

Careers in Theology

Theology majors have gone on to:

  • teach in Catholic parochial and high schools
  • work in parish and diocesan administrative positions
  • serve as catechetical leaders

Others have pursued master’s and doctoral studies and have taught in colleges and universities.

Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to University scholarships, qualified students enrolled in the Theology program may be nominated to join Theta Alpha Kappa, a national honor society for students studying religion and theology. If nominated to join, students can compete for undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships, and they can submit papers for publication in the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa.

Outside the Classroom

Students at St. Mary’s are part of a vibrant community of learners. In addition to strong academic programs, students can customize their college experience by participating in a variety of clubs, activities, events and special programs such as:

Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Theology

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