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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.

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Major in Theological Studies

Coursework within the 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.

Students have the option to choose concentrations in the following areas:

  • Constructive theology
  • Historical theology
  • Theological ethics
  • Religious education

Theological studies is a 33-credit-hour program. Beginning with its introductory course, “THEO 1000: 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.

Students are then required to take one Old Testament course, one New Testament course, at least one course in two sub-disciplines within theological studies, four electives and two capstone seminars. 

Curriculum
  • THEO 1000: Theological Foundations
  • THEO 2100: Old Testament
  • THEO 2200: New Testament
  • THEO 3540: Research Seminar
  • THEO 4910: Senior Seminar
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.

Faculty

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.

  • Elizabeth Sweeny Block, Ph.D.
  • Christopher Collins, S.J., S.T.D.
  • Mary Dunn, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Finucane, Ph.D.
  • Jay Hammond, Ph.D.
  • J.A. Wayne Hellmann, O.F.M. Conv., D.Theol.
  • Grant Kaplan, Ph.D.
  • Pauline Lee, Ph.D.
  • Peter Martens, Ph.D.
  • David Meconi, S.J., D.Phil.
  • Michael McClymond, Ph.D.
  • Geoffrey Miller, Ph.D.
  • Tomás O’Sullivan, Ph.D.
  • David Oughton, Ph.D.
  • Kenneth Parker, Ph.D.
  • G. John Renard, Ph.D.
  • Rubén Rosario Rodríguez, Ph.D.
  • Randall Rosenberg, Ph.D.
  • Julie Hanlon Rubio, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Smith, Ph.D.
  • Matthew Thiessen, Ph.D.
  • Jeffrey Wickes, Ph.D.
  • Tobias Winright, Ph.D.

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 holds regular discussions, sponsors lectures and helps plan an annual undergraduate conference.