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Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies
Minor in Theological Studies
Overview: The study of theology seeks to understand the interrelationship of God with humanity. It is concerned with basic life questions of the past and present, and trains students to evaluate and appreciate the most valuable and vital aspects of religious experience and thought. The department of theological studies enters into this investigation from an academic perspective with the aim of helping students clarify their own understanding. The department approaches this study from the Christian Catholic tradition while respecting other religious traditions.
Curriculum: In the core undergraduate curriculum at Saint Louis University, most students are required to take theology. The basic introductory course, Theological Foundations, introduces students to the God of revelation within the Judaeo-Christian tradition and to the understanding of its implications for living a human life, respecting creation and pursuing beauty and truth. This is done within an ecumenical and global context, examining other world religions and various social realities. Subsequent courses focus on an aspect of Christian or other religious traditions and address social and moral issues.
Careers in the Field: Those who wish to remain in the field of theology after graduation may 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 see the theology major as good preparation for graduate studies. Graduate studies in theology prepare students for a variety of careers in ministry, teaching at the college or university levels and entering many other careers. Some students choose to complete a double major in order to diversify their opportunities for employment. Studies in theology can enhance graduates' careers in journalism, social work, medicine, law or politics.
About the Faculty: Scholarly interests of faculty include American Catholicism, American Protestantism, biblical hermeneutics, Byzantine church history, Christian ethics, feminist theology, health care ethics, Ignation Spirituality, Islamic studies, Jesuit humanism, medieval theology, the Old Testament, theologies of nature, and world religions.
Scholarships: Students may receive a Mev Puleo Scholarship to be immersed in another country to learn about theology at work. This is open on a competitive basis to theology majors.