Theology is the methodical study of the faith traditions of a believing community. It requires a process of grappling with and critically examining expressions of faith to integrate them in the contemporary world. At Saint Joseph’s, theology majors reflect deeply on the foundation, historical development and ethical concerns of the Catholic faith, and also consider how Catholicism relates to other Christian and non-Christian traditions. Majors also understand the foundations of the Christian faith, and its implications for life in society.
You will learn about and use the methods of sub-fields – systematic theology, ethics, biblical studies – to explore the Bible, Jesus Christ, the Church, tradition history, doctrinal development, liturgy, personal and communal morality and interfaith relations. The curriculum’s flexibility allows majors to complete double majors in such disciplines as English, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, religious studies or the arts.
Our faculty are noted experts who are involved in several cross-disciplinary programs, which brings a richness and depth to studies in theology. All students may undertake an independent study under faculty mentorship, and can also engage in study tours to Poland, Bolivia, Greece and the Dominican Republic, which are led by individual faculty.
As a theology major, you will acquire important skills that are essential in any career: how to read carefully, think critically, formulate persuasive arguments and communicate clearly. In addition to theology or religious studies, you will be well prepared to pursue an advanced degree in education, law, journalism, psychology, sociology, social work, and any other field requiring the breadth of knowledge, critical discernment, creativity and communication skills offered by other humanities disciplines.
Upon graduation, theology majors often seek opportunities for active service through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps or Peace Corps. Others choose to teach in private and parochial schools, or to work in the non-profit sector.