The Theology Department at Saint Mary’s seeks to engage learners in the ancient quest for meaning in truth, as those in faith continue to seek and understand God. The traditions of the Lasallian Catholic community frame and inspire our work.
Along with core Theology courses found in the integrated general education program, students who choose to major or minor in theology engage in advanced studies that enable them to further understand the complexity and integrity of the Catholic Christian faith, as well as its dialogues with other faith traditions.
Courses in the major area address the development of doctrine, Church history, the moral life, prayer and worship, justice and peace. Study abroad to better understand the global nature of the Christian faith is encouraged. Students who choose to complete the Theology major with a concentration in Pastoral and Youth Ministry will have the opportunity to do extended internship work in the field of their choice, on campus or abroad. The major is structured to facilitate most students who desire to double major and complete their degree in four years.
The theology major is recommended for students who plan to teach, serve church communities, engage in chaplaincy, so campus ministry, and work in faith-based social justice organizations. Knowledge of theology is also strong preparation for graduate studies in the liberal arts.
High School Preparation
High school courses that help prepare students for a major or minor in theology include English Literature, Religion, Psychology, Sociology, and World History.
Enhance Your Experience
Students who major in theology often pursue additional studies in leadership. Students are invited to engage in a cross-cultural experience through study abroad, S.O.U.L. service trips, internships, or campus ministry volunteering opportunities.
Theology minors find it supplements almost any major, including business, education, history, human services, music performance, philosophy, psychology, and sociology, and the sciences. A minor in theology can also further a student’s personal quest to better understand his or her relationship to God and the Church.