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Theological Studies

Theology is the study of God and the ways in which humans live with God. If you major in theology at Saint Louis University, you’ll examine the most basic questions of life, and learn to evaluate and appreciate the most vital aspects of religious experience and thought. The Catholic tradition is central to the program work but is studied within the context of the Christian tradition and in relationship to all of the world’s religious traditions.


Major in Theological Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Theology (33 credit hours) invites students to explore the texts, beliefs and practices of the Judeo-Christian tradition, as well as those of the world’s other great religious traditions. This major challenges students to think holistically about the meaning of God in relation to the richness and complexity of the human condition. The curriculum prepares students for future graduate study and for careers in education, ministry, law, medicine, social work and nonprofit organizations.

Highlighted Courses
  • THEO 2715: Jerusalem: Three Faiths, One City
  • THEO 3210: One Jesus, Four Portraits: The Gospels
  • THEO 2720: Islam: Religion and Culture
  • THEO 3710: Arts of Hinduism and Buddhism
  • THEO 3330: Coming to the Americas: Religious Encounters in a Colonial Age
  • THEO 3345: Life and Theology of Augustine of Hippo
  • THEO 3415: Christ and Color: Liberation Theology
  • THEO 2820: Religion and Science
  • THEO 2840: Christianity and Literature
  • THEO 2900: Love and the Human Condition
  • THEO 2525: Theological Bioethics: Medicine & Morality
  • THEO 3510: Faith and Politics
  • THEO 3515: Poverty, Wealth & Justice
  • THEO 3525: Green Discipleship: Theology and Ecology
  • THEO 3535: Sex, Gender and Christian Ethics
  • THEO 3560: Post Human Future? Ethics of Technology
  • THEO 4510: War and Peace in the Christian Tradition
Internships and Careers

Studies in theology can enhance careers in journalism, social work, medicine, law or politics. Graduates teach on the elementary and secondary levels or serve as religious education coordinators in a parish and pastoral associates in schools or parishes.

Many students also see the theology major as good preparation for graduate studies and preparation for careers in ministry or teaching at the college or university levels. Some students choose to complete a double major to diversify their career opportunities.


Saint Louis University has one of the largest theology faculties among Catholic and Jesuit universities. It boasts talented faculty members who engage in innovative research projects and creative methods of teaching, while serving the University and local communities through ministry and education.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Minor in Theological Studies

SLU’s minor in theological studies consists of 15 credit hours after completion of the introductory Theological Foundations course. Students must complete two 2000-level, one 3000-level, one 4000-level and an additional 3000- or 4000-level course of their choice to obtain all of the required credit hours.

On-Campus Resources

Annual Theology Events

SLU’s theology program sponsors two annual events, the Bellarmine and De Lubac Lectures, at which world-class scholars share their ongoing research with faculty, students and the wider university community.

The Theology Club also offers opportunities for students to engage in intellectual and spiritual reflection on some of the most important questions of their lives in an open and relaxed environment.