Saint Louis University

Major in Theological Studies

Offered by the Saint Louis University College of Arts and Sciences  

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in theological studies 
  • Minor in theological studies 
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) in theological studies 

Download a fact sheet about SLU's undergraduate theological studies degree.

Saint Louis University Theological Studies Degree Overview 

Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree program in theology uses a variety of sources and methods to help you evaluate and appreciate the most vital aspects of religious experience and thought. Beginning with its introductory course, Theological Foundations, the undergraduate theology program at SLU introduces students to the God of revelation within the Judeo-Christian tradition and to the understanding of its implications for living a human life, respecting creation and pursuing beauty and truth.

If you choose to major in theology at SLU, you'll gain a foundation in theology and Catholicism within a global context, as well as examine the Judeo-Christian tradition and other world religions, traditions and social realities.

You'll also have access to SLU's Center for Digital Humanities, which creates multimedia and electronic products that support research and teaching in theological studies. The center's research focuses on preserving historical artifacts that have significant religious or theological meaning.

What You'll Learn in SLU's Theological Studies Degree Program

Coursework within SLU's theological studies degree program addresses social and moral issues with a focus on theology and history, faith and reason, and Christian morality and society. You'll examine both the New and Old Testaments, and choose from courses in both Hebrew and Christian scripture.

Additional coursework explores the development of Christianity in early, medieval and modern contexts, theological ethics, and spirituality. Sub-disciplines within the department include:

  • Theology and history
  • Faith and reason 
  • Christian morality and society 
  • Non-Christian religious traditions  

SLU's theology department publishes a monthly newsletter, the Ignatian Herald, and sponsors two annual lectureships, the Bellarmine and De Lubac Lectures, while the Theology Club holds regular discussions, sponsors lectures and helps plan an annual undergraduate conference. 

What Can You Do With a Degree in Theological Studies from SLU?

Students who graduate with a degree in theological studies from Saint Louis University can become teachers, religious education coordinators or pastoral associates in schools or parishes.

Graduate studies in theology prepare students for a variety of careers in ministry.Studies in theology can also enhance careers in law, medicine, politics, social work or journalism, leading some students to double major.  

Learn more about SLU's undergraduate admission requirementsscholarships and financial aid, or take our majors quiz to find other SLU undergraduate degrees that might interest you. 

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