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Theology at St. Mary’s

The Theology major at St. Mary’s University cultivates in students the capacity to investigate fundamental questions of human life using the wealth of Catholic tradition.

Courses in the department engage students in the systematic study of doctrine, moral theology, and scripture, taking up in a contemporary and diverse context Anselm’s classic definition of theology as “faith seeking understanding.”

In the major, students develop information literacy, integrative understanding, self-reflection, intellectual humility, and effective communication.

  • 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 Courses

    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:

Students in Theology class

Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Theology

Interested in pursuing a degree in Theology? We’re eager to hear from you and answer any questions you have. Feel free to reach out to speak to one of our dedicated faculty.

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