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Bachelor of Arts in Theology

Theologians, and students of the theology program, at the University of St. Thomas ask questions of Christianity through a modern lens in conversation with the world's great religious traditions. When it comes to big questions, we engage in a historical examination of texts and challenge you to think outside of the box in deep, meaningful and creative ways.

Why Study Theology at St. Thomas?

Theology examines important questions in light of the evolving Christian theological tradition. We seek answers to the ultimate questions in conversation with other faith traditions. You will explore biblical texts and Christianity's development through a historical lens, while also examining how these topics are significant in the modern world. This promotes understanding between religious worldviews and opens pathways to approaching issues affecting modern society.

Dive Deep

  • Major Requirements
  • Minor Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Collaborative Research
  • Major Requirements

    For the theology major, you complete eight courses throughout your time at St. Thomas, focusing on topics in biblical studies, plus additional electives in Bible, Christian ethics, church history, systematic theology, and comparative theology, before taking a sequence in the last year focusing on God and then a capstone of your choosing.

    Minor Requirements

    The general minor in theology allows students to create a course of study to deepen their engagement in theological reflection, methods and topics.

    The following courses are required for a general theology minor:

    • THEO 100: Foundations (4 credits)
    • Plus 12 additional credits in Theology

    Four-Year Plan

    After completing Theology 100: Foundations, your four-year plan will vary because we want you to pursue what piques your curiosity.

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Theology
    • Minor in Theology

    Collaborative Research

    Theology professors want to collaborate with you on research. Whether you want to research women’s roles in early Christian communities or examine how video games help people understand biblical genres, our faculty are here to mentor you.

    Major Requirements

    Major Requirements

    For the theology major, you complete eight courses throughout your time at St. Thomas, focusing on topics in biblical studies, plus additional electives in Bible, Christian ethics, church history, systematic theology, and comparative theology, before taking a sequence in the last year focusing on God and then a capstone of your choosing.

    Minor Requirements

    Minor Requirements

    The general minor in theology allows students to create a course of study to deepen their engagement in theological reflection, methods and topics.

    The following courses are required for a general theology minor:

    • THEO 100: Foundations (4 credits)
    • Plus 12 additional credits in Theology

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    After completing Theology 100: Foundations, your four-year plan will vary because we want you to pursue what piques your curiosity.

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Theology
    • Minor in Theology

    Collaborative Research

    Collaborative Research

    Theology professors want to collaborate with you on research. Whether you want to research women’s roles in early Christian communities or examine how video games help people understand biblical genres, our faculty are here to mentor you.

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    Career Paths

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

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

    Opening a Dialogue

    A major or minor in theology allows you to examine various religious perspectives, opening dialogues and perspectives that will expand your view of the world.

    Theological Encounters

    We promote interreligious dialogue through workshops and lectures each year as part of our Theological Encounters Initiative.

    Study Abroad

    We offer many short-term study abroad courses focusing on topics such as Pope John Paul II, Nazism in Germany and apartheid in South Africa.

    Theology Night Live

    Theology Night Live is a series of discussions on religion and contemporary societal issues led by faculty within our program.

    Explore the Big Issues

    We provide opportunities for you to explore contemporary issues affecting the world and society around us 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.

    The New Frontiers lectures teach students about the latest theological research published by our faculty.

    The Encountering Islam Initiative offers events and opportunities for Christians and Muslims to dialogue with one another and to learn from one another about similarities and differences in their respective religious and cultural traditions.

    Faith Seeking Understanding

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