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