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Department of Theology

“The things that we love tell us what we are.” —Thomas Aquinas

Grounded in Catholic theological tradition, open to all wisdom traditions and committed to academic rigor, the Theology Department educates students to become religiously literate persons who think critically, creatively, and constructively about the most profound dimensions of human existence in order to engage the world's pressing challenges and to advance the common good. 

The Theology Department offers majors, minors and certificates with concentrations in specialized areas, such as biblical studies, health care ethics, interfaith leadership, and comparative theology. Students can combine theological studies with degrees in other areas like business or STEM fields. Our graduates bring their expertise to every area of life impacted by religion, values and beliefs.

Education with a Purpose

One distinctive feature of a St. Thomas education is Theology's cornerstone course, THEO 100: Foundations, the introductory course in Theology. If you choose to take a second course in theology (to fulfill a total of three courses in theology or philosophy), you may choose from our keystone courses (THEO 221-229), each number associated with a different area of specialization within Theology. You are also required to take two courses in “integrations in the humanities,” plus one capstone, or “signature work,” course. The Theology Department offers fascinating options in both areas. In addition, we offer a major in theology, plus minors and certificates. We welcome you to explore the possibilities.

Certificates

We offer a certificate in lay ministry for non-degree seeking students, which is suitable for people who work in parishes and desire greater knowledge in theology without wanting to pursue a full degree.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Programs in Europe

Programs in Europe

THEO 100 in Rome and Pilgrimage in Italy

First-year students can live on our Rome campus during January term while taking the foundations course in theology, or they can enroll in a course that introduces them to the significance of Christian pilgrimage with a special focus on St. Francis.
Programs in Africa

Programs in Africa

The Theological Roots of Nazism and Apartheid

The course will take students to significant sites in and around Berlin, Johannesburg and Cape Town to examine the historical contexts and theological imaginations that gave rise to Nazi Germany and Apartheid South Africa, respectively.
Programs in Latin America

Programs in Latin America

The Church in Latin America: Guatemala

In this course, you will visit churches in Guatemala that will serve as a lens for analyzing the various forms that Christianity has taken in Latin American history since the Spanish Conquest.

Upcoming Events

09.28

Theology Night Live!: Loving the Marginalized

People of faith are often told to “love and serve the marginalized." But what does that mean in real life? This event will explore three models of how to serve: Advocacy, Charity and Relationship.

10.01

Theological Roots of Nationalism Event Series

In this six-part, online lecture series led by Dr. Michael Hollerich, we will explore the collapse of a fragile democracy and its replacement by a dictatorship in Germany after World War I.

10.26

Theology Night Live!: Theology and Mass Incarceration

We will explore the roots of mass incarceration in white supremacy and theologies of retributive punishment, drawing on these ideas to better understand our country today.

10.26

Theology Night Live!: Does God Care How I Vote?

Why do we hold and value particular political positions? On the eve of a historic election, we will this question and others from multiple religious perspectives.

St. Thomas students speak with recruiters at the Minnesota Private College Job Fair.

What can I do with a degree in theology?

Theology majors are prepared for graduate school and careers in law, medicine, business, education and more. Churches employ a good number of people and are a great option for some graduates. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations, institutions of higher education, relief services, and advocacy organizations also hire people with theology degrees.

Some students complete a double major in theology and another discipline. Students with degrees in theology and biology have worked for public health organizations, some of them in Africa. Others with degrees in theology and engineering have become ethical industry leaders. Graduates with degrees in theology and business work in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, in areas such as marketing, entrepreneurship and financial analysis.

Theology Department Initiatives

The Qur’an awash in golden rays of the sun. Logo of the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA). Image of a galaxy taken at night. Anti-Racism word cloud with the word Human in the center.
01 / 04

Encountering Islam

This program fosters mutual understanding and cooperation between Christians and Muslims by providing educational opportunities for the community to learn about Islam, and for theologians in both faiths to engage in theological dialogue.

Encountering Islam
02 / 04

Encountering Orthodoxy

The program answers Pope Francis's call to foster unity between Catholics and Orthodox Christians by supporting the work of IOTA: The International Orthodox Theological Association.

Encountering Orthodoxy
03 / 04

Science and Theology Network

The Science and Theology Network (STN) brings together leaders to promote thoughtful and respectful dialogue between the scientific fields and theology. It is an active group who have an interest in the engagement of science and theology.

Science and Theology Network
04 / 04

Becoming Human

The racial history we inherit is dehumanizing for all of us, but it is dehumanizing for white people in different ways than for people of color. The only way to “become human” is to confront the legacy of white supremacy and undergo a process of transformation and conversion to engage more humanely in the world, especially across the color line.

Becoming Human

Faculty

Studio headshot of theology faculty member Dr. Cara Anthony.

Dr. Cara Anthony

Dr. Anthony's expertise is in systematic theology, Christian spirituality and environmental theology.

Dr. Cara Anthony
Studio headshot of theology faculty member Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk.

Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk

Dr. Gavrilyuk specializes in Greek patristics, modern Orthodox theology and philosophy of religion.

Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk
Photo of theology faculty member Dr. Sherry Jordon talking with students during a discussion.

Dr. Sherry Jordon

Dr. Jordon has a national reputation for her work on the aftermath of the 1993 Re-Imagining Conference in Minneapolis.

Dr. Sherry Jordon
Theology News

Contact Information

Interested in learning more? We'd love to hear from you.

Tel: 651-962-5300 

Email: theology@stthomas.edu  

Fax: 651-962-5310 

Mailing Address

Mail # JRC 109
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Campus Location

Our offices are located on the first floor of the John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (JRC 109).