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Comparative Theology

Our world is becoming more interconnected every day. A minor in comparative theology at the University of St. Thomas explores, from a theological perspective, knowledge and skills related to our religiously diverse society.

Why Study Comparative Theology at St. Thomas?

Our program examines a number of faiths from around the world and will help you put various cultures and beliefs into context for future interactions. Whether you are learning about interreligious dialogue or how a particular religion manifests itself in different cultural settings, our program will prepare you to look at society from multiple angles, deepening your empathy and compassion for all people.

See the World From a New Angle

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Course Requirements

    You will start by completing THEO 100: Foundations, which explores the Christian theological tradition and prepares you for courses focusing on comparative theology, global Christianity, and interreligious dialogue. From there you will choose courses that match your personal and career goals, ultimately gaining practical skills and helping you to become a compassionate citizen along the way.

    Four-Year Plan

    The comparative theology minor invites students to reflect creatively on their home religious tradition by engaging with traditions, texts and practices outside their own religious tradition and community. Students will not only generate new questions and insights about their own theological tradition and identity, but also increase their religious literacy and knowledge of one or more traditions outside their own.

    The following courses are required for a minor in comparative theology:

    • THEO 100 Foundations (4 credits)
    • THEO 228 Comparative: [Choose Topic] (4 credits)
    • THEO 228 Comparative: [Choose Topic] (4 credits)
    • THEO 228 Comparative: [Choose Topic] (4 credits)

    Degrees Awarded

    Minor in Comparative Theology

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    You will start by completing THEO 100: Foundations, which explores the Christian theological tradition and prepares you for courses focusing on comparative theology, global Christianity, and interreligious dialogue. From there you will choose courses that match your personal and career goals, ultimately gaining practical skills and helping you to become a compassionate citizen along the way.

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    The comparative theology minor invites students to reflect creatively on their home religious tradition by engaging with traditions, texts and practices outside their own religious tradition and community. Students will not only generate new questions and insights about their own theological tradition and identity, but also increase their religious literacy and knowledge of one or more traditions outside their own.

    The following courses are required for a minor in comparative theology:

    • THEO 100 Foundations (4 credits)
    • THEO 228 Comparative: [Choose Topic] (4 credits)
    • THEO 228 Comparative: [Choose Topic] (4 credits)
    • THEO 228 Comparative: [Choose Topic] (4 credits)

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    Minor in Comparative Theology
    Dr. Cara Anthony teaches a theology class focusing on Ancient Christian belief

    Career Paths

    We will give you the tools and knowledge you need to work in a variety of different careers and industries after graduation.

    • Education
    • Social services
    • Healthcare
    • Relief services
    • Journalism
    • Law

    Exploring the Big Issues

    We provide opportunities for you to explore contemporary issues affecting the world every day.
    Theology Night Live includes a short faculty presentation followed by informal conversation over pizza. Recent topics have included the Bible providing spiritual guide to atheists, finding your calling and feminist theology with the #MeToo movement.
    We promote interreligous dialogue through workshops and lectures as part of our Theological Encounters Initiative. This initiative is focused on fostering mutual understanding and cooperation between Christians and other faiths.
    The Theology Department regularly organizes lectures, conferences, and other events that bring members of the wider community into conversation with our students and faculty about political, social, and economic questions in light of a religious worldview.

    Faith Seeking Understanding

    You have access to a wide array of opportunities ranging from study abroad to faculty mentorship.